I am a PhD candidate at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. I received a BSc in Public Administration from Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the London School of Economics. My master thesis conducted a structurational analysis of how Course Management Systems are used in practice.
Largely influenced by the sociotechnical tradition, my research focuses on organizational and social changes induced by the use of information and communication technologies. I am currently studying the interplay between different social technologies and informal knowledge practices within and across organizations. Over the past few years, I studied the ways in which informal networks serve as conduits of knowledge, facilitating technological innovations. Supported under auspices of National Science Foundation, his work with Dr. Steve Sawyer investigated the social organization of technological innovation in the context of tabletop computing. Findings from this case study highlight the importance of informal networks among several tabletop researchers.
New ways of organizing made possible by the use of
technology. He approaches this issue in several ways: empirical studies
of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations; theoretical
characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for
managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of new kinds of
computer systems to support people working together.
currently a PI on two NSF grants. The first is NSF HSD Grant
05-27457, "Investigating the Dynamics of Free/Libre Open
Source Software Development Teams." The second is NSF
Grant 04-14482- "How can document-genre metadata improve
information-access for large digital collections?" (with Barbara
Kwasnik). Prior to these grants, he was a co-principal investigator on
an NSF grant for "Tools for Inventing Organizations: Toward a Handbook
of Organizational Processes" and for "A Multi-Method Study of the Use
of Information Technology in the Real-Estate Industry".
research methods; databases; systems analysis
Associate editor for the journals Information, Technology
and People and JITTA,
and Webmaster for International Federation of Information Systems
(IFIP) Working Group 8.2 on Information Systems and Organizations.