Students and post-docs

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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.

 

Ece Kaynak

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

Ece is interested in the future of work, occupations, and post-bureaucratic modes of organizing. Her dissertation is an ethnography of coding bootcamps in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her previous work examined how organizations influence their political environments, which she studied through an ethnography of government affairs professionals. Ece holds a MSc in Management, Organizations & Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BA in Sociology from Bogazici University in Istanbul. Prior to starting her PhD, Ece worked for five years at Pfizer, Deloitte and Avea Telecommunications in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Katharina Lix

Email: klix [at] stanford [dot] edu

Advisor: Melissa A. Valentine

Katharina is a PhD student at the Center for Work, Technology and Organization, concentrating in Computational Social Science. She’s interested in how machine intelligence can be used to manage, organize and optimize modern work. Katharina uses network science and computational linguistics to study team culture and performance. Her current projects investigate the relationship between communication patterns of virtual teams of software developers and their performance. Katharina holds a BA in Psychology and Economics from Harvard (’14). Prior to joining Stanford, Katharina worked as a manager for strategic projects at a pharmaceuticals company in Frankfurt, Germany, and taught English and yoga in Northern India. Hailing from Northwest Germany, she appreciates California’s sunshine every day and loves exploring its great outdoors.

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Ryan Stice-Lusvardi

Email: ryansl [at] stanford [dot] edu

Advisor: Pamela J. Hinds

Ryan is interested in examining how changing applications and increasing adoption of data analytics are shaping the future of work and organizations. In her current research, she seeks to illuminate the ways in which assumptions and values of data analysts are embedded in analytic practices and how this shapes data insights and decisions. Her previous research has examined the impact of perceived analytic ability on HR performance evaluations and the emergence of HR analytics. Ryan has lived in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, France, and South Korea. She enjoys repurposing vintage doors, bouts of gardening, and eating gourmet takeout.

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Ayinwi Muma

Email: ayinwi [at] stanford [dot] edu

Ayinwi’s research interest is primarily focused on technology-related change and adaptation in organizations. Specifically, she is interested in 1) how advances in technology affect organizational identity and work practices over time; 2) how mature organizations and embedded technology teams respond to externally-triggered transformation events; and 3) implications for the future of work. She aims to produce research which deepens our understanding and contributes to the theory and development of adaptive organizations. Before joining WTO, Ayinwi was chief of staff at education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she led strategy, operations, people and performance management for the 400+ member technology organization. She was previously a management consultant focused on helping large companies design and implement technology, process, and organizational transformation strategies.

 

Hatim A. Rahman

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

My research examines how technology affects the ways people work and interact with each other, especially how artificial intelligence and algorithms impact how people work and organize their lives. I conduct grounded, nuanced analysis of work in the digital economy primarily using qualitative methods. Currently, my dissertation explores relational dynamics of working in the digital economy. I focus on clients and contractors working together in Online Labor Markets (OLMs), digital platforms that connect clients to millions of skilled workers all over the world. In my dissertation, I integrate an inductive analysis of relationships in an online labor market with a computational textual analysis of users’ discussion on community boards to demonstrate the social dynamics by which reputation systems have become inflated, the process market actors take to build relational contracts, and the different ways in which each actor uses features of the market to exert power.

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Tim Weiss

Email: timweiss [at] stanford [dot] edu

Tim Weiss is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford Center for Work, Technology & Organization in the Management Science and Engineering Department. He studies the global startup movement in rapidly evolving digital economies. Tim is interested in the question of the conditions under which novel organizations emerge and reach scale (or fail to do so) in particular contexts. His “home base” is in management and organization theory, from which he is working to create an organizational lens to help better understand the underlying drivers of socio-economic change and progress. His toolbox encompasses qualitative methods augmented by ethnographic techniques and a long-term commitment to his research setting.

Gonzalo Valdes

Email: gvaldes [at] stanford [dot] edu

Gonzalo Valdes’ doctoral dissertation addresses the question of why some countries’ attempts to imitate first world approaches to innovation succeed, while others are much less successful. Specifically, his research links institutional theory to the socio-technical and socio-economic capabilities of organizations within countries to produce innovation. Additionally, he recently published a paper, together with Prof. Stephen Barley, about the need for continual learning in the information economy (“The learning imperative in postindustrial work.” In Work and occupations). He also published research about the capabilities of the public sector to harness the opportunities of ICT (e.g., “E-government maturity model.” In GIQ).