CTG Online News
Wed, 08 Jan 2010 14:20:00 EST
Team of International Researchers Meet at CTG to Discuss Transnational Knowledge Networks
Members of the AIRNow-International Shanghai case study research team discuss the key elements of of a transnational knowledge network. From left to right Sharon Dawes, Lei Zheng, and Mohammed Ghawari.
The cases being studied include one in North America and one in China. The North American case involves the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) for the Improvement of Air Quality in the air basin shared by Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; El Paso, Texas, and Doña Ana County, New Mexico. In the second case study, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center are jointly developing AIRNow-International Shanghai, an international version of the AIRNow air quality monitoring and reporting system that has been used in the United States since the mid 1990s.
Members of the JAC case study research team consider how transnational networks change over time. From left to right Brian Burke, Manabu Nakashima, Celene Navarrete, and Anthony Cresswell.
Using the two case studies, the researchers are addressing the following questions:
- How do participants in different countries perceive the dimensions, stakeholders, benefits, and risks of engaging in systems for transnational knowledge and information sharing?
- What are the similarities and differences in these perceptions? What cultural, political, economic, and social factors account for them?
- How do the participants attempt to create shared understanding of technologies, context, terms, processes, and contingencies that generate capabilities for effective action?
- Which strategies, tools, and behaviors are more likely to lead to successful international knowledge networks that benefit individuals, organizations, and communities?
- What preparation, methods, and tools are best suited for research and action on these questions?