CORD Director's Letter

Dear CORD members,

During 2016-2017 academic year, the Center for Organization Research and Design continues to flourish and to look for new ways to serve its fellows, affiliates and students. As the 2017-2018 academic year unfolds CORD becomes more expansive in its activities. Our Center provides an anchor to research and scholarly activity at Arizona State University and, at the same time, provides a vital link among policy and administration scholars around the world.

Some of the highlights of the year thus far include:

    • In November 2016, CORD hosted the International Society for Technology Transfer, held in the Phoenix Sheraton Hotel and at the CORD offices. Scholars and technology transfer practitioners from around the U.S. and many nations presented research papers and participated in discussion panels.

    • The irregular and opportunistic CORD lecture series has been active and vibrant. A variety of speakers have visited. Xuhong (Susu) Su from University of South Carolina, Professor Erin Leahey (Department of Sociology, University of Arizona), and William Resh (USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California).

    • One of the most stimulating CORD activities is our visiting scholar program. Current visitors include Professor Thomas Heinze from the University of Wuppertal, Germany, and Dr. Niels Ospstrup from the University of Southern Denmark.  Recent visiting scholars include Carolos Jacobo and Sergio Jimenez from Sonoran Institute of Technology, Mexico. All of whom presented a lecture on their research. We also hosted two Ph.D. students, Suyang Yu of School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University of China. Silvia Sarti from Sculoa Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy participated in research on sustainable purchasing and consumer behavior.

CORD’s pro bono project for the year has been headed by CORD Associate Director Nicole Darnall.  The project focuses on green procurement and CORD researchers are working with officials of the City of Phoenix, among others. The project has led to funding from the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, in addition to the Social Science Research Council." Their project participants include Stuart Bretschneider, Lilly Hsueh, Justin Stritch, Jeffery Iles, Caitlin Burwell, Jorge Suarez, and Post-doctoral researcher Melissa Duscha.

    • CORD research director Stuart Bretschneider continues his grant from the National Science Foundation to work on issues related to the mobility and return patterns of STEM doctoral recipients in the U.S.

    • CORD Affiliate Monica Gaughan and myself have continued our National Science Foundation to study research collaboration and especially the relationship between the degree of “cosmopolitanism” of collaboration and the productivity of STEM degree holders.  Doctoral students Jiwon Jung and Qingqing Wang have contributed extensively to the project, including having written original research submitted to journals and accepted by major conferences (e.g. PMRC).

    • CORD fellow Jan Youtie and I have nearly concluded an NSF grant that has focused on the use of scientific and technical information (STI) in policy-making, focuses particularly on the impacts of STI in National Research Council reports. CORD students Andrew Kao and Eriko Fukumoto have contributed greatly to the project and Andrew is a co-author of a project paper published in Research Policy.

    • Angel Molina is concluding his postdoc award with the most satisfactory possible conclusion: he will be joining the ASU School of Public Affairs tenure-track faculty in fall 2017.

    • CORD developed and sponsored a student, public officials and community forum on the topic “The First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency: What it Means For Healthcare In Arizona. Monica Gaughan, Kevin DeSouza, and Geoffrey Gonsher invited distinguished panel members that included:

Thomas J. Betlach, Director of of Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System


Christina Corieri, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor Doug Ducey


Luis Heredia, District Director for U.S. House Representative Ruben Gallego


Jodi R. Liggett, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Arizona/Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona


Flavio Marsiglia, Director of the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and Distinguished Foundation Professor of Cultural Diversity and Health, Arizona State University


Monica Gaughan, Associate Professor (School of Human Evolution and Social Change, ASU) was moderator.

    • We welcomed a number of new CORDites, both Fellows and local Faculty Affiliates. New affiliates include Molly Ott, Kendall Funk, Jeongeun Kim, and Kevin Dooley. New Fellows include Diego Vazquez-Brust, Lewis Faulk, Jasmine Johnson, Effie Kesidou, Daniel Matisoff, Sanya Carley, Hyunjung Ji, Martina Linnenluecke, Shuang Zhao, Megan Mullin, Dorothy Daley, Rachel Krause, Sally Russell, Michael Ahn, Tyler Scott, Judith Walls, Geoffrey Cox, Toshi Arimura, Joerg Hofstetter, Monika Winn and Tian Tang.

Looking forward, the CORD Board of Advisor meeting will occur in June in Washington, D.C., at the same period as the Public Management Research Conference.

CORD is among the many welcoming a new Director of the ASU School of Public Affairs, Professor Don Siegel.  Don is one of the best-known scholars in innovation management and president of the International Technology Transfer Society.

In short, we progress.  Please stay in touch and make sure that we know about developments and events in your career and professional life.  If you have ideas for CORD activities, we are always happy to hear them.

Best wishes,