In the Loop: The HDO Blog

Cooking with Gas: How Curbside Groceries Sparked Innovation (and Profits) by Putting People First

Julie Schell, E.D.D., Executive Director of Extended and Executive Education, Assistant Professor of Practice
School of Design and Creative Technologies (SDCT), UT Austin

February 26, 2019

Picture This: It’s Sunday afternoon, and you really need to go to the grocery store. And so does every other person in your neighborhood.

Finding a parking spot will be frustrating. A handful of the items you need most will be out-of-stock or picked over. Once you get through your shop, the checkout lines will be snaking down every aisle. Laying on your couch, you check your neighborhood community Facebook page, and sure enough, there are 30 comments under the post: “AVOID [Insert local grocery store name] at all costs!”

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HDO’s New Director

Amy Ware, PhD, HDO Director
February 4, 2019

HDO Community,

I am excited to write you not only as the new director of the HDO Program, but also as the protégée of our founding director Art Markman. I want to thank him for his service to HDO and tell you a bit about his efforts on its behalf. He so often praised the efforts of the rest of us that I want to be sure to sing his praises, too!

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HDO Leadership Updates

January 17, 2019

Dear HDO Community,

Happy New Year! There are several exciting program updates that we would like to share with you.

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Congratulations HDO Class of 2018!

December 10, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

The Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) Master’s Class of 2018 graduated last Friday, December 7, 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 have put in over the past 15 months!

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Practical Applications of the Humanities for Modern Organizations (2018)

November 6, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

  • Is the idea of “corporate culture” a farce?
  • How should organizations prepare for generational differences in approaches to leadership?
  • When is dissent in an organization productive?
  • How can organizations mitigate the costs of emotional labor?
  • 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 2018 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: Del Watson

October 22, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Del Watson (Master’s Class of 2014) discusses how HDO’s unique curriculum provided her with a greater understanding of the human dynamics at play in organizations.

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HDO Spotlight: Michelle Jack

July 30, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Michelle Jack (Master’s Class of 2018) discusses the role that hiring models play in developing employee belongingness, a topic she’s examining in her capstone project.

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Humans@Work: Our New Webinar Series

July 24, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

We’re excited to announce the launch of HDO’s new webinar series, Humans@Work!

These one-hour sessions provide participants with immediately applicable professional insights based on research by UT Austin’s top faculty.

Each webinar includes a 15-minute Q&A session for you to connect directly with the faculty leader. And best of all, they’re completely free!

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HDO Professional Training Open House

June 5, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

Are you looking for high-impact professional development opportunities for yourself or your team?

Join us on June 22 at the HDO Professional Training Open House to learn more about our programs and receive exclusive attendee-only registration discounts.

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HDO Spotlight: Mary Rose

May 1, 2018
Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator

In this edition of the HDO Spotlight, Mary Rose discusses the role HDO plays in highlighting the ongoing relevance of the liberal arts and her goal of teaching HDO students think rigorously about data.

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