WHAT DO I RESEARCH?
Organizational Culture and Organizational Change
Technology & Organizations
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 of legitimacy by providing social services. My work touches upon urgent global issues that shape 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 intersections 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 and the organizational characteristics of cyber warfare and security.
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:
Quantitative textual analysis
Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
“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 and usage of technology. This project involves undergraduate students' participation in the creation of a database on terrorist organizations and governance across the globe.
"The Disinformation Machine" - a project focusing on information operations and cyber influence operations. The project includes several interdisciplinary teams.
Computational Social Science projects that include interdsceiplanary teams that work in the Peace, War, & Social Conflict Laboratory. (For more information on those projects see www.pwscl.com).
Our team successfully developed a model that predicts election outcomes in the US on the national and regional levels., using big data and artificial intelligence.
Our team designed a way to identify cyber information operations online. We are at the process of automating the method using artificial intelligence.
Our team submitted a grant for a project that uses big data and artificial intelligence to predict hate crime.
Our team uses artificial intelligence to assess cycles of violence around elections in Africa and to predict determinants for conflict escalation or de-escalation.