WHAT DO I RESEARCH?

Organizational Culture and Organizational Change

Technology & Organizations

Research Methods

Current Projects

My main research agenda focuses on organizational change in the context of humanitarian crisis or armed conflict. I explore how the diffusion of organizational culture and international norms and standards shape organizations’ behavior. I study how organizations try to get legitimacy and recognition, and I look at the role of regulations and transparency in organizational behavior. The organizations I focus on are those dictating the state of contemporary security, crime, and development in the setting of humanitarian crisis and armed conflict. I examine how military relations and dependencies, along with the diffusion of cultural norms associated, shape military organizational culture and behavior. I explore the creation of a new profession of private security and military contractors and its implications on the security landscape. I study the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in spreading international norms and standards and their effect on human security. I also look at terrorist organizations and other violent non-state actors’ pursuit for legitimacy by providing social services. My work touches upon urgent global issues that shapes the lives of millions in war-turn areas as it tries to help us better understand the organizations operating within those settings and their roles.

A second research agenda focuses on technology & organizations, with a focus on conflict and post-conflict settings. This stream of research moves from the micro to the macro and examines the different intersection between technology, organizations, and social change. Here, I study the role of technology in veterans’ reintegration and well-being, looking at American and Israeli veterans. I look at violent non-state actors' adoption of drone technology.  Lastly, I examine the organizational aspect of information operation's influence networks.

In my work I prefer a mixed-method approach that can incorporate rigorous empirical results using different tools. This sheds light on my research from many angles and achieves a more complete understanding of their characteristics and implications.
 

The methods I use in my research include classic qualitative and quantitative methods as well as other methods, popular in other disciplines but less familiar in sociology. 


The methods I am using are:
Regression analysis 
Spatial analysis 
Network analysis
Interviews
Quantitative textual analysis
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Historical comparative

“Mapping the World of Private Military and Security Companies”- a review of private military contractors’ market across the globe. This project involves undergraduate students and the creation of a broad comparative dataset.

"Terrorist Organizations and Governance" - examination of terrorist organizations' social and health service. This project involves undergraduate students participation in the creation of a database on terrorist organizations and governance across the globe.

"The Information Machine" - a project focusing on information operations and cyber influence operations. The project include interdisciplinary team.


 

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

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