I am a historian and science studies scholar, and much of my research concerns the emergent techniques that have enabled organizations to make sense of technological, economic, socio-cultural, and political change, and create future strategies. Part of my interest lies in articulating the obscured role that critical intellectuals have played in late-twentieth century corporate strategy, and understanding the ways we could engage in and inform public and policy debates to more just ends. I have two overlapping research projects on the topic:
1. A history of non-calculative corporate strategies for dealing with uncertainty from 1968-2000. My book project, Business Strategy Under Uncertainty, examines the rise of interdisciplinary, experimental long-term futures thinking in strategic management, and the related image of CEOs as visionary thought leaders. Part of this work developed in my dissertation on the history of corporate scenario planning, How Scenarios Became Corporate Strategies (2017). My article, Evolution through Heterarchical Organization, examined how critical intellectuals provided corporate executives with post-structural understandings of organization in California in the late 1980s. This research has been supported by Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Provost Dissertation Scholarship from York University. I also co-organized a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded conference on the topic, Techniques of the Corporation.
2. An experimental study aimed at creating respectful and dynamic transgender-inclusive methods for workplace data collection in order to document the workplace disparities experienced by trans people in Canada. This project, conducted under the auspices of the Institute Gender + the Economy, seeks to improve workplace conditions for trans Canadians and change the binary discussion of gender inequalities by centring the diverse experiences of trans people. I am the organizer of the upcoming (Fall 2018) Trans @ Work speaker series at the Rotman School of Management.
Previously, I've written about how utopian theories of social networking exclude the wide gaps in accessibility and usability within stratified communities in the Bay Area as "Rethinking 'Internet for Everyone' & Social Networking" in Community Technology Review. My other research interests include history of capitalism, technological and economic expertise, and the epistemological politics of quantitative strategies in policy and organizations.