CPI PhD Students Successfully Defend Dissertations

Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Kelley and Dr. Chul Hyun Park, who both did a tremendous job defending their dissertations this week!

Dr. Tanya Kelley with advisor Dr. Erik Johnston

Dr. Kelley's dissertation, Open Innovation Implementation in a Public University: Administrator design, management, and evaluation of participatory programs & platforms, is a case study of how Arizona State University has adapted its organizational structure and created unique programming to incorporate open innovation in its work. Arizona State University has made innovation, inclusion, access, and real world impact an organization priority in its mission to be the New American University. The research focuses on the experiential knowledge of administrative leaders and intermediaries who have managed open innovation programming at the university for the past five years. Dr. Kelley's research expands understanding of the task facing administrators in an organization seeking to integrate open innovation into their work.

Dr. Kelley has been with CPI for nearly 6 years, starting after excelling as a masters student in the School of Public Affairs' ePA class and publishing her class paper on gamification in Public Administration Quarterly. Since starting the Ph.D. program she has been an NYU GovLab fellow, a CSST fellow, helped write a successful NSF grant and led much of the efforts of the 10,000 solutions initiative. In the fall, she will be a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in the School of Information working on a Citizen Interaction Design project.

Chul Hyun Park at his dissertation defenseDr. Park's dissertation, Toward a Better Understanding of Complex Emergency Response Systems: An Event-Driven Lens for Integrating Formal and Volunteer-Based, Participatory Emergency Responses, developed an “event-driven” lens for integrating both formal and volunteer-based, participatory emergency responses. Dr. Park then conducted a deeper analysis of one aspect of the event-driven lens: relationships between participatory online groups and formal organizations in crisis or disaster situations. Specifically, he explored organizational and technical determinants and outcomes of forming such relationships. As a consequence, he found three determinants (resource dependence, shared understanding, and information technology) and two outcomes (inter-organizational alignment and the effectiveness of coordinated emergency response) of the relationship between participatory online groups and formal organizations and suggested seven hypotheses. His dissertation is expected to contribute to bridging the disconnect between the emergency management literature and the crisis informatics literature. The theoretical insight from inter-organizational relations (IOR) theory provides another contribution.
Dr. Chul Park with advisor Dr. Erik Johnston

Dr. Park has been with CPI for 4 years, since his first year in the program. His first task was to lead the development of an NSF grant on the dynamics of collaborative governance. He published work on Crowdsourcing Civility in Government Information Quarterly. CPI is thrilled that he will be staying at ASU for one more year as an Instructor where he will be a welcome leader in CPI.

Congratulations to Drs. Kelley and Park on their amazing accomplishments!