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Research Lecture: Scott Poole

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Phelps 1410


Open to the Public


Scott Poole, David L. Swanson Professor of Communication, University of Illinois

Title: Low-Overhead, Action-Oriented Team Science in International Contexts

Abstract: This is a case study of the Joint Laboratory for Extreme Scale Computing (JLESC), a partnership of six supercomputing centers from the U.S. , France, Spain, Germany, and Japan.  It comprises an international virtual research organization (IVRO) whose goal is to enhance the ability of member organizations and investigators to make the bridge between Petascale and Extreme computing.  The goals of JLESC are to promote learning across the centers in this leading-edge area and to generate research and development projects involving scientists and engineers from two or more centers.  It has been notably effective, as evidenced by the number of additional supercomputing centers desirous of joining the collaboration. JLESC faces a challenge common to this type of undertaking:  How can it promote collaboration among scientists and engineers who come from different organizational and cultural contexts and who are not particularly reflective regarding how to work well with others?  This case study focuses on the interaction between high level governance structures of JLESC and lower level collaborations on small to medium range projects involving personnel from two or more of the centers.  In an intriguing interplay of top down and bottom up processes, JLESC has developed a model which represents a “get to work” approach to scientific collaboration that reflects the culture of engineering prevalent in production facilities such as those that make up JLESC.  The case traces the evolution of collaboration strategies over three years in JLESC in terms of this interplay and considers the consequences, both positive and negative, for the evolving IVRO.  Best practices and recommendation for ways to promote collaboration in large scale, interdisciplinary, international projects are identified.

Speaker's Biography: Marshall Scott Poole is David L. Swanson Professor of Communication, Director of the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (I-CHASS), Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Application at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Visiting Professor of Organization and Communication Studies at Vrije University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Scott received his Ph.D in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scott has taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, and Texas A&M University. His research interests include group and organizational communication, information systems, collaboration technologies, organizational innovation, and theory construction.  Scott is the author of over 150 articles, book chapters, and proceedings publications. His articles have appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Research, Small Group Research Management Science, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Academy of Management Review. Scott has co-authored or edited twelve books including Communication and Group Decision-Making, Theories of Small Groups: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research. Scott has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, and is recipient of the Steven A. Chaffee Career Productivity Award from the International Communication and the Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups from the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup).


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The Technology Management Program Dean’s Research Lecture Series is the premier event that brings accomplished and inspiring professors to campus to explore topics related to the field of technology management and organizations. The lecture series provide a forum for the academic community to learn from and engage in conversations with outstanding scholars on cutting-edge research findings.

Each quarter will feature several preeminent speakers. Lectures will last approximately one hour starting at 12:00pm and take place in the TMP Executive Learning Center, Phelps Hall 1410. Lunch is provided for all guests who RSVP.

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