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  • Ross Shachter

    Ross Shachter

    Associate Professor of Management Science and Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsProf. Shachter's research has focused on the representation, manipulation, and analysis of uncertainty and probabilistic reasoning in decision systems. As part of this work, he developed the DAVID influence diagram processing system for the Macintosh. He has developed models scheduling patients for cancer follow-up, and analyzing vaccination strategies for HIV and Helobacter pylori.

  • Christos Makridis

    Christos Makridis

    Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Autumn 2012
    Master of Arts Student in Economics, admitted Autumn 2014
    Ph.D. Minor, Economics

    BioChristos Makridis is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.

  • Stephen R. Barley

    Stephen R. Barley

    Weiland Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsTechnology's role in occupational and organizational change. Science and innovation in industrial settings. Organizational and occupational culture. Corporate power. Social network theory. Macro-organizational behavior.

  • Melissa Valentine

    Melissa Valentine

    Assistant Professor of Management Science and Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMelissa Valentine is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Management Science and Engineering Department, and co-director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization (WTO). WTO is a world leader in producing field research (i.e., research that uses actual observation of social phenomena) to develop new understanding about the changing nature of work.

    Prof Valentine's research focus is on understanding work groups and teams in organizations, particularly how they are changing in response to new industry trends and new technologies. She conducts in-depth observational studies to develop new understanding about new forms of work groups and teams. Her work makes contributions to understanding classic and longstanding challenges in designing groups and organizations (e.g., the role of hierarchy, how to implement change, team stability vs. flexibility) but also brings in deep knowledge of how the rise of information technology has made possible new and different team and organizational forms. Her research agenda is organized around two main themes: 1) temporary teams and organizations and 2) groups and teams in complex work organizations.

    Prof. Valentine has won awards for both research and teaching. With her collaborators, she won a Best Paper Award at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and the Outstanding Paper with Practical Implications award from the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management. In 2013, she won the Organization Science/INFORMS dissertation proposal competition and received her PhD from Harvard University.

  • Hatim A. Rahman

    Hatim A. Rahman

    Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Autumn 2013

    BioHatim A. Rahman is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.

    RESEARCH AREA: Work, Technology, and Organization
    DISSERTATION TITLE: Understanding Social Dynamics in the Digital Economy: An Inductive Analysis of Relationships in an Online Labor Market

    RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
    Hatim Rahman's dissertation explores the nature of work in the emerging digital economy. In contrast to research that emphasizes the importance of algorithmic matching and technical fit, his research theorizes work in online labor markets as collaborative, relational, and imperfectly defined in nature. He integrates a digital ethnography of 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. His dissertation has implications for the literature on technology affordances, power and resource dependence, external labor markets, relational contracting, market and platform design, and the emerging nature of work in the digital economy.

  • Tanja Aitamurto

    Tanja Aitamurto

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Management Science and Engineering

    BioI am a social scientist influenced heavily by engineering sciences. My work examines civic technologies for informing, empowering, and connecting people. The empirical contexts range from virtual, mixed, and augmented reality to large-scale online collaboration systems, such as applications of collective intelligence in open and participatory journalism, deliberation and policy-making, civic crowdfunding, and applications of artificial intelligence for civic use. I develop interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks by drawing on social psychology, democratic theory, computer science, and information systems. My work has been recognized with a number of awards and published in top journals, such as New Media & Society, Design Issues, Information, Communication & Society and International Journal of Communication.

    I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford, where I work in the Crowdsourced Democracy Team. I received my PhD in social sciences at the School of Communication, Media and Theatre at the University of Tampere in Finland in 2014. Previously I worked as a postdoctoral Brown Fellow and as Deputy Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford. During my doctoral studies, I studied as a visiting student researcher at Stanford and at UC Berkeley

    In my dissertation “Collective Intelligence in Open Journalism: Power, Knowledge and Value”, I introduced a theory of open journalism. My dissertation received the Gene Burd Outstanding Dissertation in Journalism Studies Award from the International Communication Association (ICA). Drawing from several empirical cases, I showed how the building blocks of collective intelligence—a large number of participants and cognitive, demographic, and socioeconomic diversity within the crowd—both support and challenge journalistic norms, practices, and values through open journalism.

    My studies often have unique in-the-wild experiments, in which I collaborate with media organizations and local and national governments. I have designed and developed several online platforms and processes for crowdsourced journalism and policymaking and advised local and national governments in participatory policymaking projects. Currently I'm working with the city of Palo Alto on a crowdsourced urban planning strategy process.

    More about my work at www.tanjaaitamurto.com

  • Heather Altman

    Heather Altman

    Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Autumn 2015

    BioHeather 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.

  • Kristen M. Altenburger

    Kristen M. Altenburger

    Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Autumn 2015

    BioI am a third year PhD candidate in the Management Science & Engineering Department at Stanford University and am a member of the Social Algorithms Lab. My research interests include social network analysis, machine learning, and causal inference.

  • Gonzalo Valdes

    Gonzalo Valdes

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Management Science and Engineering

    BioRESEARCH AREA: Organizations, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
    DISSERTATION TITLE: Institutional Effects in the Worldwide Expansion of the Innovation Economy

    RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
    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).