Big scientific projects such as ATLAS, the mega-microscope used to spot the Higgs boson, resemble large corporations in their sheer complexity, according to a columnist for The Economist. The big difference is that scientists, unlike corporate executives, tend to ignore hierarchies and freely challenge each other's authority -- which forces them to constantly question their assumptions and serves to drive innovation. "Managers with liberal-arts degrees are not wholly useless. ... But the suits have much to learn from the lab-coats," the columnist argues.
What "Big Science" projects can teach businesses