About The Center for Organizational Research


COR facilitates research on new organizational forms and processes now taking shape in a variety of contexts. As the 21st century unfolds, we increasingly find organizing that diverges from traditional bureaucratic structures. Such possibilities can be found in global teams, web-based collaboration, network structures, collective threats to security and privacy, micro enterprises, international non-governmental organizations, and alliances across private, public, and non-profit fields. These developments raise opportunities for alternative modes of decision-making, just as they present challenges for accountability and efficacy. They also raise questions about how existing distributions of power both constrain and enable organizational experimentation. COR contributes to the development of organization theory by connecting scholars from many disciplines who bring their knowledge and methods to a common understanding of these issues.

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Academic Speed-Dating

Friday, October 3 2014, 12:00-1:30pm
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway SBSG 1321

Our 2014-15 COR Kick-Off Event is an academic version of speed dating. As in the past years, we expect it to be both fun and generative. This is an opportunity to learn more about the interests of other COR members, to explore possible synergies and to receive some very quick feedback on your research. Here’s how it works:

  • You come prepared to describe your research in 3 minutes or less.
  • We form pairs of people (preferably those who have not met before, or haven’t talked in a while)
  • The first person in a pair describes his/her research in 3 minutes and then we allow 2 minutes for a Q&A. After 5 minutes, it is the second person’s turn to do the same.
  • After 10 minutes, we form new pairs and start again.
  • We continue for about 5 rotations.
  • The remaining time can be used to continue the conversations that you wish to be longer.

We will also have a few announcements, including about COR small grants program for 2014-15.

A light lunch will be provided. Please don’t forget to RSVP to cor@uci.edu by Tuesday, September 30th, so that we don’t have too much or too little food.

COR End of Year Event 2014

Research Poster Presentation – 2013/2014 COR Grant Recipients
Friday, May 30th 12:15-1:30PM
SBSG 1321

Join us for lunch and an interactive afternoon learning about the diverse and exciting research conducted by our COR community. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 27th by emailing cor@uci.edu.

Ingrid Erickson, May 9th – “Beyond Nomadic: Mobility, Knowledge Work and Infrastructure”

Title: Beyond Nomadic: Mobility, Knowledge Work and Infrastructure

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Talk: 3pm
Location: 6011 Donald Bren Hall
Refreshments: 4:15 PM, to be served in the 5th floor lobby.

Ingrid Erickson
Assistant Professor
Department of Library and Information Science at the School of
Communication & Information
Rutgers University

Abtract: It is well documented, and indeed well discussed, that work in our current era is increasingly mediated by technology. At the same time, through economic forces such as the Great Recession and the expanded global economy, work has become more modular and project-based and less connected to fixed infrastructures common in manufacturing. Increasingly mobile and independent, many workers today act as professional satellites defined by their ability to dynamically orbit around clients, coworkers, and infrastructures themselves. These workers have been called ‘nomads’ for their highly mobile and dynamic work practices, yet we question whether this moniker clarifies the full extent of these work practices. This presentation focuses on conceptualizing and describing this category of worker and the associated work practices in an expanded frame, namely one begins to describe the interrelationships between mobility, knowledge work, and technological infrastructures.

Bio: Ingrid Erickson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. She graduated with a doctorate from the Center for Work, Technology and Organization in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University in 2009. Her current research looks at the connection of mobile technology, social media and new forms of organized behavior. She is also interested in innovations related to collaborative work practices and digital media and learning.