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.
UC Irvine has enjoyed a long tradition of innovative, interdisciplinary organizational research that dates back to the founding of the campus in the mid 1960s. COR continues and solidifies this tradition with affiliates from anthropology, business, computer science, economics, education, humanities, informatics, organizational studies, political science, public policy, public management, sociology, and urban planning.
By providing a focal point and common meeting ground for organizational scholars, COR creates a venue for developing collaborative research projects. COR also offers educational resources for students. Activities for 2010-11 include the on-going COR working paper seminar, public lectures by noted organizational scholars (from UCI and other universities), the small grant program, and several other events which bring together diverse faculty and students from the COR community to share ideas, provide feedback and guidance, and spark thought and inspiration. Funding for COR’s activities has been generously provided by Research and Graduate Studies, School of Social Ecology, School of Social Sciences, Paul Merage School of Business, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, Department of Planning, Policy, and Design, and Department of Sociology.
In addition to its other programs, COR sponsors the following types of events:
- COR Faculty Workshop
Faculty members read a work in progress of one of the affiliates and discuss it. Discussants start the commentary.
Organizational scholars present their research to the faculty affiliates and other interested organizational scholars.
- Graduate Seminar
Students receive instruction from UCI faculty and organizational scholars from off-campus.