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[liberationtech] REMINDER: Gerardo Okhuysen - TOMORROW MONDAY at Noon Terman 217 (Joint STVP/WTO Colloq)

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Mon Feb 2 11:32:51 PST 2009


****APOLOGIES FOR CROSS POSTINGS******


*Center for Work, Technology and Organization
Stanford University Department of Management Science and Engineering
2008-2009 Colloquium Series*


*DR. GERARDO OKHUYSEN
**
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN MANAGEMENT
DAVID ECCLES SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
**


TITLE:  "THE UNCERTAIN, UNPREDICTABLE, AND UNKNOWN: MANAGING THE EXTERNAL
ENVIRONMENT IN A POLICE SWAT TEAM"** **



**Time and Location:*

Monday, February 2, 12:00-1:30 pm
Terman 217

*Abstract:*
This paper focuses on how a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, a
police department crisis team, performs its work. SWAT teams operate with an
external focus, facing situations of high uncertainty, and must be prepared
to take immediate action. Using data collected through interviews,
observation, and archival sources, I explain how this team develops its work
approach. This team operates by characterizing the sources of uncertainty,
focusing on the role of opponents and the character of missions they
undertake. In addition, officers on the team devote substantial efforts to
explicitly reduce the external uncertainty they face by gathering
information and imposing control. Stances, as summaries of uncertainty and
the potential range of action, provide the group with a dynamic
moment-by-moment method to bridge the unknown elements in the environment
with action necessary to accomplish their work.

*Biography:*

In his research, Dr. Gerardo Okhuysen primarily works with groups in
different decision situations, focusing on the management of task and
environmental uncertainty.  His work has examined negotiation settings and
groups working on ambiguous or uncertain tasks.  His current projects
examine the role of conflict in groups, definitions of group success, the
role of the context in group activities, and how groups respond to surprise.
His work has appeared in The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of
Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and
Organization Science. Dr. Okhuysen is currently serving as Associate Editor
for The Academy of Management Review.  For more information on Dr. Okhuysen,
please visit his website at
http://www.business.utah.edu/display.php?module=facultyDetails&personId=1276&orgId=953<http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology/profiles/31/>

*Upcoming WTO Colloquiums:*
This is the first WTO colloquium for the 2009 winter quarter.  The talk is
co-sponsored by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP).  Please
note other upcoming colloquiums for the quarter on your schedules.  All
colloquiums are held on a Monday in Terman 217 unless otherwise noted below:

   -

   *February 9*:  Barbara Lawrence <http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x2198.xml>*
   *(*Professor, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, UCLA Anderson
   School of Management*)
   -

   *Tuesday, February 17*:  Lowell Feld and Nate
Wilcox<http://www.netrootsrising.com/>(
   *Professional Bloggers and Co-Authors of Netroots Rising*)  *Location*:
   Encina Central Hall, CISAC Conference Room, C231, Stanford, CA, 94305
   - *March 9*: Giuseppe LaBianca (*Gatton Endowed Associate Professor of
   Management, Gatton School of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
   *)
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