Title: Apoptosis: the way for science centres to thrive

Authors: Goery Delacote

Addresses: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Abstract: The concept of apoptosis is suggested to be a useful metaphor for the management of modern science centres. The key idea is that an organisation which is aiming at helping people to learn should itself behave as a learning organism. As an example, the networked Exploratorium is described in its stage of development in 2001. Constant change within a permanent structure is its permanent mode of existence. Benefits and some drawbacks of this approach are discussed.

Keywords: science centres; apoptosis; public understanding of science.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2003.003106

International Journal of Technology Management, 2003 Vol.25 No.5, pp.371-380

Published online: 11 Jul 2003 *

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