This informal seminar series provides SSOE faculty with useful information or resources to improve implementation, management, funding or translation of their research programs. Topics will cover a wide variety of areas under this general theme, and suggestions for new topics are more than welcome (and should be sent to the Associate Dean for Research's office at
All lectures will be in Benedum 102 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Registration is required for lunch.
Dr. Gemma Jiang is the newly
appointed Director of Organizational Innovation for the Swanson School of
Engineering, with the mission of building community within the School and
beyond through innovation. In this presentation, she will talk about the
research she has conducted, the projects she is working on, and the conceptual
framework she operates from.
Complexity leadership theory
(CLT) is the main theoretical framework that guides Dr. Jiang's work.
This theory, a paradigm shift
in the way leadership is conceptualized, tackles the challenges of
the knowledge era we are currently in. CLT is grounded in the assumption
that the interactive dynamics among agents and information are responsible for
outcomes. This approach could be explained with an analogy: the
collective of neurons in the brain rather than neurons alone processes human
the same way, the collective of people, more than the individuals, acts as the
processor of information in an organization. So a successful knowledge-intense
organization taps into the collective intelligence of all members. Dr. Jiang
is most interested in the mechanisms to achieve that. Social network
analysis and action research are her main research methodology.
Please refer to the following
paper to learn more about complexity leadership theory; the paper just won the
award for the Best Paper in the past decade (2007-2017) from Academy of
Management. Dr. Russ Marion, co-author of the article, is Dr. Jiang’s doctoral
Uhl-Bien, M., Marion, R., & McKelvey, B. (2007).
Complexity leadership theory: Shifting leadership from the industrial age to
the knowledge era. The Leadership Quarterly, 18(4), 298-318.
Carelyn E. Campbell; Leader, Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group Materials
Science and Engineering Division Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST
“Materials Genome Initiative - Development of a
Materials Data Infrastructure to Accelerate Materials Design”
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