In the Loop: The HDO Blog

Why Is Working at Home So Hard?

June 10, 2020
Dr. Clay Spinuzzi
Professor for HDO and Rhetoric & Writing at UT Austin

On March 13, the day before spring break was to begin, the University of Texas announced that it was canceling class. By March 17, UT had announced that all remaining spring classes would transition online. Students—and faculty—were shocked, and we had to do a lot of work to figure out how to gracefully transition these classes. Some classes were easier than others—I imagine my writing classes were much easier to teach online than, say, dance classes or pottery classes. But that doesn’t mean the transition was easy.

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A Note to the HDO Community

June 5, 2020
Dr. Amy Ware
HDO Director
Lewis Miller
HDO Assistant Director

HDO Community,

These are frustrating and uncertain times. While we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are confronted once again with evidence of our nation’s continued failure to address centuries of systemic racism and discrimination.

During these hard times, it is useful to turn an HDO lens on this issue and learn from our history by drawing from our nation’s most influential activists and artists.

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Don’t Panic! Timeless Principles for Leading Through a Crisis

June 1, 2020
Dr. Ken Wisian

Don’t Panic! These words, from the science fiction classic, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” are a good starting point for thinking through a crisis. The world is in the midst of a once-in-a-century cataclysm that threatens public health and undermines governmental and economic stability. People at all levels of society have suddenly found themselves on unfamiliar ground and scrambling to chart a course from day to day and moment to moment.

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2020 Design Thinking Workshops

April 15, 2020
Caroline Heywood, M.Ed., SDCT Project Manager
Miles Husid, HDO Marketing Coordinator

After a great launch in 2019, we are teaming up with The School of Design and Creative again to host two new design thinking workshops in 2020. As we kick off our second round of workshops, we took the opportunity to sit down with instructors, Julie Schell, E.D.D. and Tamie Glass, M.I.Arch. Below, Julie and Tamie discuss their experiences leading these courses, how they go about teaching the concept of design thinking, and the methods they use to ensure that participants leave the workshops ready to put design thinking to use.

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Team(work?): The Pros and Cons of Working in Teams

March 17, 2020
Dr. Mary Rose, HDO Professor

Most of us can probably think of examples in which working with others led to great insights and helped our motivation. But we can probably also recall some counter-examples, in which we felt as if other people got in the way of clear thinking, made us inefficient, or we felt unfairly saddled with the work of others who were not performing.

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Emerging and Aspiring Leaders Certificate Program: Preparing Future Leaders

February 11, 2020
Miles Husid, HDO Marketing Coordinator

We are excited to launch our new certificate program for Emerging & Aspiring Leaders! We are especially excited about this particular program because this is an audience that we haven’t catered to in the past and know that it is a group that will be shaping the decision-making process at the respective companies and industries for years to come.

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Congratulations HDO Class of 2019!

December 10, 2019
Lewis Miller, Assistant Director, HDO

The Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) Master’s Class of 2019 graduated last Friday, December 6, adding twenty new members to the distinguished Longhorn alumni community.

HDO’s faculty, staff, and advisors—not to mention the students’ families and friends—are incredibly proud of the hard work these graduates put in over the past 15 months!

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HDO Spotlight: Jeremi Suri

November 5, 2019
Miles Husid, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Dr. Jeremi Suri discusses his upcoming commencement address for our Master’s Class of 2019 graduation ceremony in December..

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Practical Applications of the Humanities for Modern Organizations (2019)

October 24, 2019
Miles Husid, HDO Marketing Coordinator

  • Is the idea of “corporate culture” a farce?
  • How should organizations prepare for generational differences in approaches to leadership?
  • What are the connections between marketing efforts, customer satisfaction, and subscription ticket sales?
  • When is dissent in an organization productive?

These intriguing questions and many others have been addressed at previous editions of Practical Applications of the Humanities for Modern Organizations.

You are invited to join us for the 2019 edition of this event, which features exciting research by Master’s degree candidates in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) program at UT Austin.

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HDO Students on HDO: Emma Steiner

June 25, 2019
Anna Carter, HDO Marketing & Events Assistant

Emma Steiner is about to finish her second year as an HDO major, and she is grateful to have found a degree program that provides her with creative freedom while preparing her for the workforce. She credits HDO for helping her land her current marketing job.

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