Research
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Research Areas
Organization Science

Research on organization science focuses on the social and technical dynamics within formal and informal organizations.

Faculty members and students use both engineering and social scientific methods to explore how people’s motivations and behaviors co-evolve in organizations, including:

  • Communities of practice in business
  • The automobile industry
  • Science and engineering communities
  • Disaster response
  • Medical care
  • Public health
  • “Virtual worlds”

Research Themes

The central themes of our research program are:

  • The design and implementation of new technologies
  • Global product development
  • Management of engineering work
  • Formation, maintenance, dissolution of dynamically linked social, and knowledge networks

Course Work

Along with our core courses, students working in this area take courses in the following areas:

  • Organizational theory
  • Technology management
  • Network analysis
  • Innovation
  • Organizational change
  • Organizational communication
  • Leadership

Faculty

Faculty members in organization science include: