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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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.

Ed Walker, May 9th – “How ‘Gasland’ Reshaped the Politics of Fracking”

Co-sponsored by Department of Sociology and COR

“Media Activism, Discursive Opportunities, and Social Movement Policy
Impact: How ‘Gasland’ Reshaped the Politics of Fracking in the U.S.,
2010-2013″ by Ed Walker

Friday, May 9, 2014
12-1:30 p.m.
SSPB 4250

Recent scholarship highlights the importance of public discourse for the mobilization and impact of social movements, but neglects how cultural products may shift discourse and thereby influence mobilization and political outcomes. This study investigates how activism against hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) utilized cultural artifacts to influence public perceptions and effect change. A systematic analysis of Internet search data, social media postings, and newspaper articles allows us to identify how the documentary Gasland reshaped public discourse. We find that Gasland contributed not only to greater online searching about fracking, but also to increased social media chatter and also to heightened mass media coverage. However, the documentary influenced the tone of discourse about fracking mainly in social media – galvanizing negative sentiment and highlighting risks – but not in mass media (where coverage was more balanced with pro-industry accounts), suggesting that analyses of how discourse affects movements are enriched by moving beyond traditional media sources. We also find that local screenings of Gasland contributed to anti-fracking mobilizations, which, in turn, affected the passage of local fracking moratoria in the Marcellus Shale states. These results bear implications not only for understanding movement outcomes, but also for theory and research on media, environment, energy, contested industries, and social networking technologies in the contemporary public sphere.