Associate Professor of Management
Research Expertise: Organizational theory, sociology of work and occupations, technology and organizations
Beth’s research is at the intersection of organization theory and the sociology of work and occupations. She focuses on the interaction order of the workplace, and is particularly interested in science and technical organizations.
Her current ethnographic project is a study of a crime laboratory. She is exploring how forensic scientists’ work is embedded in two different social orders – science and law enforcement. The tension between them not only influences individuals’ laboratory and courtroom practices, but also generates interoccupational dynamics of change both within the lab and in the broader field of forensics.
Some of Beth’s other studies have examined how workers in manufacturing use engineering drawings and prototype machines to negotiate occupational jurisdiction, how members of temporary organizations (such as film crews and SWAT teams) coordinate their work and respond to unexpected events, and how boundary organizations enable collaborations in fields comprising organizations with various interests and forms.
Beth earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Stanford University. She also holds an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford and a B.S in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.