Work, Technology & Organization - About - students

WTO's students are involved in both the design and execution of WTO's research and they also serve as Teaching Assistants in WTO-related courses. Our students have diverse backgrounds, ranging from computer science and product design to religious studies and politics.

Daisy Chung
Email: dechung [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Daisy investigates the dynamics of contestation both within and across organizations, with a focus on the individual- and group-level interactions that shape the development of complex products or systems. In early research, she conducted ethnographies of engineering work across sites in the United States, India, and South Korea to analyze interactions across occupational, functional and geographical boundaries. Her dissertation draws on ethnographic and archival data on the biodiesel sector to analyze how members of distributed collectives pursue innovations related to sustainability. This research analyzes the interactions between members of a grassroots movement and commercial firms over time as well as the implications of these interactions for the development of the sector. Daisy holds a B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. Her undergraduate thesis explored the institutional factors that affect technology adoption, with a focus on clean technologies in the automotive industry. 

Yosem Companys
Email: companys [at] Stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Yosem Companys conducts research on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) affect people's organizing, collective action, and entrepreneurship patterns throughout the world. Yosem's dissertation explores the origins of the Democratic netroots movement in the United States via a historical ethnography of the 2004 presidential draft effort of General Wesley K. Clark. Other research explores how people use ICTs to promote democracy, human rights, effective governance, sustainable development, and other social goods. In 2007, the Social Science Research Network selected Yosem's paper (with Jeff McMullen) entitled "Strategic Entrepreneurs at Work" as a "Top Ten Paper in Entrepreneurship and Innovation." In 2009, the Academy of Management selected Yosem's paper (with Carlos Rodriguez-Lluesma) entitled "Bridging the Gap" as a "Best Paper." Prior to coming to Stanford, Yosem worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch and in brand management and business development at Procter & Gamble. Yosem holds an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University in Organizations, Business, and the Economy; an M.P.A. in International Development from Harvard University in Science, Technology, and Development; and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University in Development.

Thomas Haymore
Email: thaymore [at] stanford [dot] edu
Webpage: http://www.stanford.edu/~thaymore
Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Thomas studies how organizations interact with their environments in terms of how they form relationships and share information with other organizations, and, in so doing, learn and evolve. He is particularly interested in the connections between government and private organizations, and how this affects the accesibility, representation, and impact of the policy making process. Thomas is also interested in research at the intersection of law and organizations, including the evolution of legal forms of organization, such as the corporation. Thomas is also finishing up his J.D. at Stanford Law School, where he served as President of the Law Review and worked with the Supreme Court Law Clinic. Prior to coming to Stanford, he received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lei Liu
Email: liulei [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Lei's dissertation research examines design work in an organizational context. Specifically, he aims to understand the nature of design work relationships, cultural and institutional influences on design work, and the processes in which designers construct and maintain their occupational identities. Lei is also interested in global work, particularly the dynamics in which workers across national boundaries adapt and adjust as they engage in intercultural collaborations. Lei holds a B.S. in Management from Peking University, China.

Joachim Bendix Lyon
Email: jblyon [at] stanford [dot] edu
Webpage: www.jblyon.com
Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Joachim's research focuses on the distribution of creative labor in new product development, in particular the dynamics of inter-occupational and inter-organizational relationships. His early work involved an ethnography of designers and patterncutters on a fashion design floor in southern China. Currently, he is conducting fieldwork at sites in East Asia, Europe, and North America as part of a dissertation project on client management, design practice, and sales in globally distributed design consultancies. Joachim holds an MSc in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining WTO, he conducted research at the Interactive Cognition Lab, UCSD, and studied for a year at Peking University, China.

Dan Morales
Email: moralesd [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Dan is interested in the power of organized interest groups to shape their environment and influence the defense systems acquisition and contracting processes of the federal government. In addition, he is interested in the privatization of government functions and the resulting effect on military and defense-related capabilities and readiness. Dan holds a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies at Stanford, Dan served in the U.S. Air Force, separating at the rank of Captain.

Kurt Sandholtz
Email: kws [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Kurt investigates how occupations influence and are influenced by organizations and institutions. His dissertation is an ethnographic study of human resources (HR) work in two high-tech companies. His research has appeared in Organization Studies and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. Kurt holds a Master of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University, where he is currently a visiting instructor of management communication. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as a managment consultant and co-authored two books: Beyond Juggling: Rebalancing Your Busy Life (Berrett- Koehler, 2002) and HR Competencies: Mastery at the Intersection of People and Business (Society for Human Resource Management, 2008)

Isaac Waisberg
Email: waisberg [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Isaac is interested in management consulting and the nature of advice. These are some of the questions that puzzle him: Why people seek advice? What constitutes good advice? What advisers do and how they go about doing it? How advisers build and sustain their relationships with clients? And: How do people take the advice they are given? Isaac holds a B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology, Technion, and a M.Sc. in Organizational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Isaac worked as a training and development consultant for IBM and Creo (Kodak).

Jia (Carol) Xu
Email: carolxu [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Jia (Carol) Xu is broadly interested in sociology of technology and work. One of her many ideas is to incorporate micro-level human interaction processes into macro-level sociological theories of technology and work in order to understand the nuances of technology formation and its effects on social everyday life. Workplace behaviors and interaction serve as a great observational field for her exploration. In addition, she also has interests in philosophy, dance, and self-taught painting.

Gonzalo Valdés
Email: gonzalo.valdes@stanford.edu
Webpage: http://www.stanford.edu/~gvaldesu
Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Gonzalo is broadly interested in the impacts of technology adoption on public and private organizations.  His research has focused on studying subjects such as: ICT implementation and technological maturity in public agencies (electronic/digital government), process improvement in small and medium-sized IT companies, and empirical/experimental software engineering (in software development teams).  His main goal is to explore such subjects from an organizational perspective.  Prior coming to Stanford, Gonzalo worked as an instructor and researcher at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM) and University of Valparaíso in Chile.  He holds an MA in Sociology from Stanford University, and an MS, a BS, and Engineering degree in Computer Science (Informatics) from UTFSM.

Daniela Retelny
Email: dretelny@stanford.edu
Webpage: www.danielaretelny.com
Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Daniela is interested in exploring the way employees in globally distributed organizations use information, social networking and communication technologies to collaborate and share knowledge with their colleagues around the world. She is particularly interested in the issues that arise surrounding culture, group norms, organizational boundaries and technology design. Daniela holds a B.S. in Information Science from Cornell University. She has conducted research with the Interaction Design Group and the Media Effects Lab at Cornell University. In the past, Daniela has served as a global marketing intern at SONY BMG and a corporate communication specialist and digital content strategist at IBM.

Zachariah J. Rodgers
Email: zrodgers [at] stanford [dot] edu
Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/zachariahrodgers/
Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Zachariah's research interests focus on alignment between organizational and societal outcomes.  He holds a BA with distinction and highest honors in Asian Studies and Economics from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Brigham Young University's Marriott School, where he was a Hawes Scholar.  Zachariah also has work experience as an entrepeneur in online retail.

Bobbi Thomason
Email: bobbijt@stanford.edu
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Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Bobbi is interested in the interaction between technology and identity across various global and national contexts. Her current research explores the ways that cultural contexts and identities impact how software development teams approach innovation, change and conflict. Prior to joining Stanford, she conducted research at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universitaet Klagenfurt in Austria. Bobbi holds a B.S.F.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Eastern European Studies from Columbia University.

Andrew Blanco
Email: blanco [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Andy is interested in career transitions and professional identities.  His past experiences include service as an aircraft maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force as well as logistics strategy work at Raytheon.  Prior to Stanford, he helped launch the Learning Games Network, a startup nonprofit focused on educational computer gaming.  Andy holds a BS in engineering and an MBA from Cornell University, and an EdM in Technology, Innovation & Education from Harvard University.

Ece Kaynak Gursoy
Email: ekaynak [at] stanford [dot] edu
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Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Ece is interested in how organizations interact with and influence their external (legal and regulatory) environments. As a preliminary idea, she is interested in the work practices of corporate legal affairs departments which often play a mediating role in these interactions. Ece holds a MSc in Management, Organizations and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Sociology from Bogazici University in Istanbul. Prior to joining WTO, Ece worked in Human Resources Management at Pfizer, and at Avea Telecommunications in Turkey. She also worked in Marketing and Business Development at Deloitte Turkey.

Hannah Hyunjee Kim
Email: hjeekim@stanford.edu
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Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Hannah's current research focuses on understanding how different work practices affect team creative performance across cultures.  She compares how work practices affect creativity differently between teams of Westerners and teams of Easterners, but eventually interested in understanding how mixed cultural groups in global organizations are aligning their work practices to promote creativity and innovation.  Prior to joining Stanford, she worked as a business strategy consultant both in Asia and US for 6 years. Hannah holds MBA from Harvard Business School and BBA in Finance/Statistics from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.  

Hatim A. Rahman
Email: harahman@stanford.edu
Webpage: www.hatimr.com
Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Hatim's research interests are at the nexus of organizations and technology. In particular, he is interested in exploring the impact technology has on organizational structures and occupational roles, especially in the healthcare industry. His research includes "Understanding Technology Appropriation in Intercultural Global Work," and examining innovation on mobile platforms using both qualitative and quantitative methods on a joint Stanford-MIT team. Previously, Hatim worked professionally in healthcare consulting for close to three years, specializing in clinical operations, strategy, and technology implementation. He received the Dean's Scroll Award at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne and graduated with High Honors in Business Process Management and in Technology & Management.

Brandi Pearce
Email: brandip@stanford.edu
Webpage: http://facultybio.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty-list/pearce-brandi
Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds





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