Is employed at the Department for Teacher Education and School Research (ILS), as a part of the Educational Management group. She holds a PhD degree in Leadership and Organizational Management, and prior to joining ILS she was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University.
What is your current research on?
In my current research, I am pursuing several lines of work related to the organizational phenomena in general, and educational organizations in particular. First, my research on organizational phenomena focuses on issues of learning and innovation. This work spans several aspects of the two phenomena including adaptive behavior and experiential learning in organizational contexts. In particular, I am intrigued by a role that connections and aspirations play in processes in which learning outcomes are subject to probabilistic variation.
Second, I am involved in a large cross-national study of curricula changes associated with globalization and multiculturalism. Third, I am studying a knowledge base of educational research fields with a particular focus on rationalization processes and fields development over time, both structurally and substantially. Finally, I am studying organizational antecedents and consequences of motivational aspects in school organizations.
Why is this research important?
Preoccupation with performance assessments and evaluations has been widely recognized in literature. This ‘assessment and evaluation’ focus has important consequences for our understanding of most optimal learning strategies. Thus, there is a need to advance our understanding of learning phenomena in situations when the feedback about the learning outcomes is lacking or unreliable. My research addresses some of the key problems related to the learning phenomenon in most real life contexts with implications for, among others, the learning outcomes, innovation policy, and organizational design.
In addition, comparative research on curricula I am involved with is important since it offers an innovative methodological approach on evidence across a large number of countries and their intended curricula beyond the existing important evidence on a number of case studies about this topic. Also, studies of a knowledge base of educational research fields are important, because they offer new insights into knowledge production of educational research fields, and factors that may influence it. Finally, research on organizational factors related to the motivational aspects in school organizations is an important approach to better understand school level phenomena beyond the individual characteristics.
What motivates you to conduct your research?
In my research, I am intrigued by adaptive behavior of individual and organizational actors in learning from experience. I am also motivated to use complementary theoretical perspectives, various methodological tools and different types of analyses to better understand the phenomena of interest.
How is your research conducted?
Methodologically, in my work I use simulation modeling, large scale empirical databases, and field studies. In my research on organizational learning and innovation, I use mainly simulation modeling. Simulation modeling has a long tradition in social sciences, and is an important methodological tool for exploring and discovering important principles and relationships from simple models. In addition, in a cross-national study of curricula changes that I am involved with, I am conducting a multi level analysis of large scale empirical databases. Also, in my research on knowledge bases of educational research fields, I am conducting a longitudinal analysis of fields’ features, by mainly applying bibliometrics methods and network analysis approaches. Finally, in a study of organizational antecedents and consequences of motivational aspects in school organizations, I am involved in the analysis of survey data.
My aim is to complement results from my simulation models with empirical data, but also to develop models that would help better understand empirical data.
Where do you get your ideas and approaches to problems from?
My research is interdisciplinary, building on ideas of learning from a variety of disciplines such as behavioral decision making, social learning, and computer science to inform organizational theory. In addition, I find inspiration in organizational theory to study educational organizations.