Research Area: Science and Engineering Organizations, Education, Careers, and Workforce

Scientific and technical human capital is the lifeblood of discovery and innovation throughout the globe. In this concentration, we explore social, cultural, political and economic dimensions shaping scientific work and career. Key questions include: 

  1. What determines the supply of people trained in science and technology? We study the public policies and social systems associated with education, training, and professional development in scientific and technology fields and professions. This begins with understanding early exposure to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields in the K-12 education systems and extends through career trajectories.

  2. How do we encourage the development of a diverse workforce in science and technology? Science and innovation are more likely to advance if the full-range of humanity brings their unique perspectives to the enterprise. Yet too often policy and social barriers hinder the participation of women and disadvantaged populations in pursuing scientific and technological careers. We explore policies and management strategies to reduce these barriers, as well as prospects and challenges in designing and implementing them.

  3. What are effective ways to manage productive organizations of research/development and advanced technology? We explore a range of organizational types and forms engaged in scientific and technological enterprises. In doing this, we address policies, management systems, and strategies associated with developing effective organizations.