Each biological species occupies a unique ecological nicheusually. Occasionally one species invades another’s niche, arriving as a stowaway on a boat, in a tourist’s luggage, floating on a log, or crawling across a newly formed land bridge. What happens when two species occupy the same niche? Biologists agree: One is soon gone. We are witnessing such a struggle. Not among the organizational creatures called disciplines, but among their watering holes, research communication channels. Digital technology has introduced many new species, new avenues for disseminating research results. In the past, disciplines relied on a mix of monographs, journals, conferences, and portfolios.…
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