Grant Recipients

Ifeoma Ajunwa & Marty Wells - Faculty

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Auditing Hiring Algorithms

The goal of this project is to statistically audit software (automated hiring platforms) used in the hiring process in order to determine whether there is a potential for or observed result of disparate impact on protected categories of applicants. The outcome of this project will be to provide a better understanding of how hiring software work, as well as, their deficiencies in regards to the diversity and inclusion goals of the EEOC.

We thus hope to provide a template for corporations seeking to audit their own algorithms and to make policy arguments for the better design of hiring software. Hiring has steadily become automated in the past decades, this project takes into account a future wherein most hiring will be automated and seeks to ensure that such future work practices would contribute to equal opportunity in employment.

Louis Hyman & Ifeoma Ajunwa - Faculty

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Women in Tech Conference

We are convening this conversation to engage women in the NYC tech industry about the different experiences that women have in the technology sector. With all of the attention surrounding gender discrimination at the big firms, we need to understand how this sector works, and how it can work more equitably.

We hope that this convening will create new networks among women, and lead to new avenues for change. We also hope that it will create a bridge between academics and workers. If women aren’t part of the evolution of work, then it is not evolution, it is devolution.

Nikolaus Krachler - PhD Student

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Understanding the Impact of Information Systems on Coordination at Work

The project’s goal is to understand whether and how information systems facilitate the coordination of information at work. I situate this goal in the context of coordination across health and social services, using a matched comparison where one information system has a limited set of functionalities and the other a broader set of functionalities. My main outcome of interest is how often care coordinators interact with clinical providers and patients.

If information systems increase coordination, then the information system with a broader set of functionalities should make it easier for care coordinators to interact with clinicians and patients. The 2010 Affordable Care Act has been an impetus for the increased use of information systems. However, it is unclear whether and how information systems facilitate coordination. My project addresses these questions and examines not only the impact of information systems on coordination but also what workers do in the absence of a positive effect on coordination. It thus contributes to an understanding of the effects and limits of information systems in terms of coordination at work.

Brian Lucas - Faculty & Lillian Ellis - PhD Student

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Using Experience-sampling Technology to Increase Creativity in the Workplace

Can your smartphone increase your creativity?

The goal of this project is to test whether experience-sampling technology – delivered through a smartphone application – can help people to better understand the factors that make them creative and to increase their workplace creativity.

This project will shed new light on the topic of worker-technology interaction and how technology can be used to augment human creativity.

Rebecca Paluch - PhD Student

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Keeping Old Friends: Employment Relationships with Corporate Alumni Through Social Media Platforms

Rising trends in inter-organizational employee mobility are prompting managers to consider the value of developing and maintaining relationships with former employees, also known as “corporate alumni.” The goal of my project is to understand why corporate alumni choose to stay connected or support their former employer even though they are no longer formal employees. This project contributes to the ILR theme of Technology and the Evolution of Work because organizations commonly utilize software platforms focusing on corporate alumni as well as social media such as LinkedIn as a means of maintaining and facilitating these post-employment relationships. Given that these mediums did not even exist 15 years ago, we need to examine how these advancements in technology are changing our understanding of employment relationships.

I propose that corporate alumni software platforms will not only enhance alumni’s identification with their former employer, but also provide valuable services and offerings that support alumni both professionally and personally thus extending the symbiotic relationship between alumni and their former employers.

Phoebe Strom - PhD Student

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Debugging Workplace Social Relations: How Technology Transforms Conflict and Collaborations

From widespread use of workplace social media channels (Slack) to ‘smart’ buildings designed to foster greater interaction with coworkers (The Edge), organizations are increasingly using technology not just to enhance efficiency but to promote communication, teamwork, and cohesion.

Situated in a healthcare setting, this project directly assesses such efforts, exploring how technology reconfigures interpersonal and intergroup dynamics of collaboration and conflict. In addition to providing empirical evidence of technology’s role in shaping employees’ working relationships, this study will inform context-specific research on how technology can best be deployed to improve health outcomes.