In the Loop: The HDO Blog

Practical Applications of the Humanities for Modern Organizations

November 1, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

  • Is the idea of “corporate culture” a farce?
  • How should organizations prepare for generational differences in approaches to leadership?
  • What can managers learn from sports coaches about achieving and maintaining excellence in an increasingly free-market recruitment environment?
  • How can nonprofit organizations maintain a focus on their core mission in periods of growth and success?
  • How can overly agreeable leaders use their personality characteristics to their advantage?

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 2017 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 Spotlight: Mike King

October 24, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Mike King (HDO External Advisory Board member) discusses why he was initially intrigued by the HDO program and how its innovative curriculum prepares students to be successful organizational leaders.

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HDO Spotlight: Michael Larson

July 25, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Michael Larson (HDO Master’s Class of 2015) discusses how HDO boosted his professional competencies, helped him realize a new career path, and how awareness can help us tackle complex problems.

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Make Meetings Matter

January 17, 2017, Updated: June 7, 2017
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

Meetings often provoke a sense of dread among employees. And they’re a nearly universal fact of work life. How can you make meetings more effective (and enjoyable)?

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Maximizing Mental Agility

March 22, 2017
Pratik Mhatre, PhD, Data & Research Administrator, Texas GEAR UP State Grant, UT Austin’s Institute for Public School Initiatives

One of the advantages of working for a Tier 1 public university in the U.S. is the access to excellent (and inexpensive) professional development opportunities. I’ve been attending seminars offered by the Human Dimensions of Organizations program at UT Austin. I’m usually skeptical of any self-help seminars or talks but these are led by top UT faculty and all the material is backed by solid field-tested academic research.

Anyway, this post is mostly for my reference in transcribing and collating my handwritten notes from the latest seminar I attended, Maximizing Mental Agility led by Dr. Art Markman. This may be long, but here goes:

It’s surprising that given how many of us work in the knowledge economy and essentially work exclusively with our minds, we know so little about it. Research has shown that to be smarter, it helps to first know how your mind works. But being smart is unlike Nero plugging into the matrix to learn kung fu; in fact, getting there takes lots of time and effort. If you start with learning how thinking works, it will eventually make you better at knowledge building and thus, enable you to “maximize” your “mental agility.”

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Art for Work’s Sake

February 28, 2017
Amy Ware, PhD, HDO Associate Director

This is not simply another defense of the liberal arts. This is a call to action for faculty to explore and explain the very real value of their fields outside of academia.

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Congratulations HDO Class of 2016!

December 22, 2016
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

The Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) Master’s Class of 2016 graduated on Friday, December 2, 2016. HDO’s faculty, staff, and advisors—not to mention the students’ families and friends—are incredibly proud of the hard work these graduates have put in over the past 15 months!

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Practical Applications of the Humanities for the Modern Workplace

November 17, 2016
Lewis Miller, Marketing Coordinator, HDO

UT Austin Graduate Students Present Research-Based Solutions to Organizational Challenges

Is the idea of “corporate culture” a farce? Is the future female? How can organizations overcome resistance to change?

These intriguing questions, and many others, will be addressed at the annual presentation of Practical Applications of the Humanities for the Modern Workplace, led by Master’s degree candidates in the Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) program at UT Austin.

Taught by some of the University’s top professors, HDO Master’s students explore a diverse range of disciplines – including psychology, literature, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and rhetoric – and apply them to key organizational issues including leadership, ethics, communication, change management, and decision-making.

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Play to Your Strengths

September 27, 2016
Lewis Miller, Marketing Coordinator, HDO

In a recent post for Fast Company, social media company Buffer shared impressive results from an experiment in redefining employees roles based on individual strengths.

Buffer’s co-founders Joel and Leo were the guinea pigs in the experiment. After a series of discussions aimed at identifying each other’s strengths, they decided to adopt an editor/operator framework for approaching projects.

Leo, a big-picture project manager took on the role of editor, while Joel, a detail-oriented implementer, took on the role of operator.

In addition to redefining individual roles, this new model promoted productive teamwork by pairing employees with complementary styles together.

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Humanities Education and The Digital Economy

June 14, 2016
Lewis Miller, Marketing Coordinator, HDO

As the economy continues to evolve, skills derived from a humanities-based education will only grow in relevance.

Critical thinking, creativity, communication. These three skills were highlighted by a new Brookings Institution report, Skills for a Changing World, as key to success in the modern workplace, alongside technological expertise.

“In the age of information, a focus on breadth of skills can complement technology. The new digital economy requires individuals to be able to filter, analyze, and create meaning from the vast amounts of information. Skills like complex reasoning and creative thinking can empower individuals to take full advantage of opportunities in the digital world.”

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