"In case of fire, please use the elevator": Simulation technology and organization in fire engineering

Dodgson, M., Gann, D. M. and Salter, A. (2007) "In case of fire, please use the elevator": Simulation technology and organization in fire engineering. Organization Science, 18 5: 849-864. doi:10.1287/orsc.1070.0287

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Author Dodgson, M.
Gann, D. M.
Salter, A.
Title "In case of fire, please use the elevator": Simulation technology and organization in fire engineering
Journal name Organization Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1047-7039
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1287/orsc.1070.0287
Volume 18
Issue 5
Start page 849
End page 864
Total pages 16
Editor Schoonhoven, C. B.
Place of publication INFORMS
Publisher Hanover, MD, USA
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
350211 Innovation and Technology Management
729901 Technological and organisational innovation
Abstract Interorganizational projects can provide a vehicle for innovation, despite the professional and organizational barriers that confront this form of organizing. The case of fire engineering shows how such projects use simulation technology as a boundary object to foster innovation in a new organizational field. Engineers use simulation technology to produce radical changes in fire control and management, such as using elevators to evacuate buildings during emergencies. A framework is developed that explores how decisions can be reached and tensions resolved amongst multiple, diverse, and discordant actors striving for a shared appreciation of negotiated futures. This framework extends theories of engineering knowledge and boundary objects. It sheds new light on how to organize collective, knowledge-based work to produce reliable and innovative designs.
Keyword Management
innovation
engineering knowledge
boundary objects
simulation
projects
Professionals
Absorptive-capacity
Product Development
Knowledge
Innovation
Design
Transformation
Perspective
Specialization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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