Heather Altman
Heather Altman

Email: haltman [at] stanford [dot] edu
Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Heather is interested in team dynamics in global work environments, in particular how teams coordinate and collaborate to promote creativity and innovation. Her current research project investigates the work factors and team dynamics that influence innovation across cultures. Heather holds a B.A. with honors in Psychology from Stanford University.


Yosem Companys

Email: companys [at] stanford [dot] edu
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.

David Dixon

Email: rdavidjr [at] stanford [dot] edu
Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

David’s areas of interest include studying the social fabric of clusters in emerging economies, both the interactions between firms within the clusters, as well as between those firms and policy makers. He is also studying the emerging phenomena of open innovation, as technology is allowing organizations to crowdsource solutions to even very technical problems. He graduated with Honors from Brigham Young University in Sociology. During his time there he worked as a consultant for non-profits serving in Peru, Mexico, as well as immigrant populations within the US. While there he also conducted research within the Marriott School of Management. Prior to joining WTO, David also spent 6 years founding, overseeing, and then selling a health services startup, and working as a community manager in the low-income housing industry.


Ece Kaynak

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

Ece is interested in the future of work and post-bureaucratic organizational forms. Her previous work focused on how organizations interact with and influence their political environments, which she studied through an ethnography of corporate government affairs professionals. 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.


Thomas Haymore

Email: thaymore [at] stanford [dot] edu
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 accessibility, 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.



Joachim Bendix Lyon

Email: jblyon [at] stanford [dot] edu
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.



Tom Moir

Email: tmoir [at] stanford [dot] edu
Advisor: Melissa A. Valentine

Tom is interested in exploring how issues of knowledge, authority and power affect the way workers negotiate the development of new routines in the face of organizational and technological change. He is currently working on a project examining issues related to privacy, big data and performance improvement in a healthcare setting. Prior to joining WTO, Tom worked as a risk-management consultant, as a manager at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., and as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. He holds a MSc in Strategy from the Queen’s Smith School of Business, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University.


Hatim A. Rahman

Email: harahman [at] stanford [dot] edu
Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Hatim’s research lies at the intersection of organizations, technology, and society. He is currently working on a project that asks how, in the emerging ‘gig’ economy devoid of traditional firms, individuals (both contractors and clients) structure their interactions in a market environment. This project involves inductive, qualitative analysis as well as computational textual analysis. 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.

Daniela Retelny
Daniela Retelny

Email: dretelny [at] stanford [dot] edu
Advisor: Michael S. Bernstein & Melissa A. Valentine

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
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 entrepreneur in online retail.


Gonzalo Valdés

Email: gvaldesu [at] stanford [dot] edu
Advisor: Stephen R. Barley

Gonzalo’s academic fields of interest are Organization theory, Organizational behavior, and Economic sociology. He mostly uses econometrics and social network analysis in his research, which mainly revolves around three phenomena: the knowledge economy, the alignment and decoupling of the R&D function in organizations, and the globalization of innovation across the world society. Gonzalo recently published a paper, together with Prof. Stephen Barley, about the need for continual learning in the post-industrial economy (“The learning imperative in postindustrial work.” In Work and occupations). He’s also published research about the capabilities of the public sector to harness the opportunities of ICT (e.g., “E-government maturity model in public agencies.” In Government information quarterly). His doctoral dissertation addresses the question of why some countries’ attempts to imitate first world approaches to innovation and technological development succeed, while others are much less successful. Specifically, he studies the effectiveness with which countries implement innovation initiatives. His research links institutional theory to the socio-economic capabilities of countries to innovate technologically. Gonzalo has been a Fulbright scholar and a recipient of the Becas Chile scholarship. 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. He also holds an MS, a BS and an Engineering degree in Computer Science from UTFSM.