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Katherine A. Lawrence
Katherine Lawrence
Research Fellow, School of Information , University of Michigan , January 2005 through September 2006
E-mail: kathla at
Katherine Lawrence is an independent scholar, collaborating with individuals and groups as a researcher, writer, educator, and facilitator. She was a Research Fellow at the School of Information where she investigated the design and deployment of cyberinfrastructure to support collaboration among scientists and engineers. Through this research, she identified key organizational challenges facing large, multidisciplinary, distributed development teams. Before joining CREW, Lawrence was a PhD student in the Department of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business . During that time, she co-authored Creativity at Work: Developing the Right Practices to Make Innovation Happen (Jossey-Bass, 2002) with Jeff DeGraff. Her dissertation research examined the ways that collaborators encourage each other to contribute to their joint work and how relationships and context play a role in that process. Before moving to Michigan, Lawrence worked as an educational technology developer, graphic designer, and wildlife documentary production manager.

Lawrence's research and teaching interests include the role of relationships and context in collaboration, the improvisational mindset, creativity and innovation, the Competing Values Framework, and communities of practice. She is involved with the positive organizational scholarship movement at Michigan, focusing on the meaning of work, and she also has been an active member of the University of Michigan’s qualitative research methods community, with a particular interest in narratives and storytelling. Her prior research has examined behavioral complexity in leadership as well as individual discretionary behavior and contextual sensemaking in ambiguous environments.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF 118KB)

Selected Publications and Presentations
- Lawrence, K. A., Lenk, P., and Quinn, R. E. Forthcoming. Behavioral Complexity in Leadership: The Psychometric Properties of a New Instrument to Measure Behavioral Repertoire. The Leadership Quarterly. Request a copy.
- Lawrence, K. A., Finholt, T. A., and Kim, I. 2007. Warm Fronts and High Pressure Systems: Overcoming Geographic Dispersion in a Meteorological Cyberinfrastructure Project. Proceedings of the 40th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-40), IEEE Computer Society (Xplore Digital Library). Download from IEEE or request a copy.
- Lawrence, K. A. 2006. Walking the Tightrope: The Balancing Acts of a Large e-Research Project. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The Journal of Collaborative Computing, 15(4): 385-411. Download from Springer or request a copy.
- Lawrence, K. A. and Kim, I. April 2006. A Tight Squeeze: Finding Room for HCI in the Space between Research and Development. Paper presented at the CHI 2006 conference workshop “Usability Research Challenges for Cyberinfrastructure and Tools,” Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Request a copy.
- PhD, Management and Organizations , Ross School of Business, University of Michigan , 2005
- MA, Organizational Psychology , University of Michigan, 2001
- EdM, Technology in Education , Harvard Graduate School of Education , 1996
- BA, Literature, Yale University , 1990
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