Yuqing Ren is an Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Her areas of interest include online community design, distributed collaboration, knowledge management, and computational modeling of social and organizational systems. Her work has been published or forthcoming at The Academy of Management Annals, Journal of MIS, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies and the proceedings of AOM, CSCW, HICSS, ICIS, and SIGCHI. She currently serves on the editorial board of Organization Science.
My research aims to understand how to design and manage group processes and information technologies to promote effective collaboration. I have examined this question in several domains such as knowledge-intensive companies, healthcare organizations, and online communities. I employ a wide variety of research methods, using data from field observations, surveys, experiments, and computer simulations.
Ren, Y., F. M. Harper, S. Drenner, L. Terveen, S. Kiesler, J. Riedl, R. E. Kraut. forthcoming. Building member attachment in online communities: Applying theories of group identity and interpersonal bonds. Management Information Systems Quarterly.
Wang, X., B. Butler, Y. Ren. forthcoming. The impact of membership overlap on the growth: An ecological competition view of online groups. Organization Science
Argote, L. Y. Ren. forthcoming. Transactive memory systems: Micro foundations of dynamic capabilities. Journal of Management Studies
Ren, Y., L. Argote. 2011. Transactive memory systems 1985-2010: An integrative framework of key dimensions, antecedents, and consequences. The Academy of Management Annals, 5(1), 189-229.
Ren, Y., S. Kiesler, S. Fussell. 2008. Multiple Group coordination in complex and dynamic task environments: Interruptions, coping mechanisms, and technology recommendations. Journal of Management Information Systems, 25(1), 105-130.
Boh, W. F., Y. Ren, S. Kiesler, R. Bussjaeger. 2007. Expertise and collaboration in the geographically dispersed organization. Organization Science, 18(4), 595-612
Ren, Y., R. E. Kraut, S. Kiesler. 2007. Applying common identity and bond theory to design of online communities. Organization Studies, 28(3), 377-408
Ren, Y., K. M. Carley, L. Argote. 2006. The contingency effects of transactive memory: When is it more beneficial to know what others know? Management Science, 52(5), 671-682
National Science Foundation Grant on Online Volunteer Communities (IIS-0808692), $2.4 million, 2008-2013 (with John Riedl, Joe Konstan, Loren Terveen, Robert Kraut, Mark Synder)
3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award to study corporate use of social media technologies such as wikis, blogs, and social networks
Yuqing Ren serves on the editorial board of Organization Science (2008-present)