Kevin G Crowston

Distinguished Professor of Information Science

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Kevin Crowston is a Distinguished Professor of Information Science at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. He received his A.B. (1984) in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1991) in Information Technologies from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is currently seeking PhD students interested in the impact on work design of systems with increased autonomy and capability.

Research Interests

Crowston's research examines new ways of organizing made possible by the use of information technology. He approaches this issue in several ways: empirical studies of coordination-intensive processes in human organizations (especially virtual organization); theoretical characterizations of coordination problems and alternative methods for managing them; and design and empirical evaluation of systems to support people working together. Specific domains of interest include free/libre open source software development projects, citizen science projects and research data management.

He is most recently a PI on an NSF HCC project: "Intelligent support for non-experts to navigate large information spaces" (21-06865) and PI on an NSF FW-HTF grant, "The Future of News Work: Human-Technology Collaboration of Journalistic Research and Narrative Discovery" (21-29047). With colleagues, he heads a Research Coordination Network to develop a socio-technical perspective on work in the age of intelligent machines.

Keywords: virtual work; virtual organizations; free/libre/open source software development practices; citizen science; work design for work with autonomous systems


Information Technologies, Ph.D., Dissertation: Towards a coordination cookbook: Recipes for multi-agent action., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Applied Mathematics (Computer Science), A.B., Harvard University


External positions

Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Assistant Professor, University of Michigan


Research Interests

  • information and communication technology


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