Edited by Soonhee Kim, Shena Ashley and Henry W. Lambright
Chapter 5: Transboundary leadership in science and technology: the International Space Station
Science and technology is a realm where globalization is particularly relevant. One reason is because of the internet and information revolution. Along with economics, technology has pulled not just nations, but organizations and individuals together as never before. It is also the case because scientists in particular constitute what international relations specialists call an ‘epistemic community.’ This is defined as a ‘network of professionals with recognized expertise and authoritative claims to policy-relevant knowledge in a particular area’ (Encyclopedia Britanica, 2014). These shared interests and attitudes can undergird organizational units. This is seen most graphically when they promote and ultimately implement, large-scale technical projects, what is called ‘Big Science.’ Science and technology projects – an under-studied form of organizational experience – have become increasingly internationalized because of cost and the fact that brainpower is found in many different countries. This book is itself a testament to public administration as an epistemic field as it has drawn on writers from various countries.
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