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

Join us on December 6 to explore these innovative projects and learn how you can apply the research findings to your team or organization.

Miles Husid, HDO Marketing Coordinator
October 24, 2019

  • What role does culture play in encouraging or discouraging corporate whistleblowers?
  • How is hate speech defined and policed on social media platforms?
  • How can school districts retain top talent over time?
  • How can community art be a vehicle for social and economic change?
  • How can we better understand and effectively value emotional labor in the workplace?
  • How do general perceptions and stereotypes of millennials impact their workplace experience?

These intriguing questions and many others will be addressed at this year’s edition 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.

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.

The HDO Class of 2019 will be presenting their Capstone Projects to the public on December 6, 2019 at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center. These projects, which explore the applicability of the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences to businesses and nonprofit organizations, serve as a culmination of all the work students have put forth over the past 15 months in pursuit of their degree.

The graduating students will be on hand to answer questions about their projects and to explore how their ideas may be applied to your team or organization.

If you’re interested in joining us, simply RSVP here! Light refreshments will be provided.

About HDO

The University of Texas at Austin is proud to offer Human Dimensions of Organizations, a first of its kind in the nation program. Drawing on an innovative combination of liberal arts, behavioral sciences, and social sciences, we created HDO to meet a need not addressed by existing education options: providing a deep understanding of people, the key components of any organization.

Technical expertise in a particular domain is a necessary element for workplace success. However, recognizing behaviors and motivations, communicating across organizations and cultures, and thinking strategically to solve complex problems – a few examples of core competencies developed in HDO – are the skills that create transformational leaders.


“Students within liberal arts programs have extensive skills for surfing the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Bridging critical thinking and meaning-making with entrepreneurship and design, post-secondary liberal arts programs are positioned to generate the kinds of intuitive thinkers that understand the future.”

– Daniel Araya and Creig Lamb, The Brookings Institution


“We develop our emotional intelligence—and learn skills of empathy, imagination, and understanding—through the humanities. These skills, if cultivated, enable leaders to respond successfully to challenges and opportunities in every sector. Our scientists are better at their work if they read literature; our diplomats and our generals are more effective when they understand languages; our data scientists are able to think beyond algorithms when they experience art and music.”

– Peter Salovey, President, Yale University