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Brenton Faber

Brenton Faber's work continues to examine organizations and change as a human dynamic. These are concerns of vision and adaptation, resistance and promotion, language and representation. He has studied activities in the financial services sector that have compelled bankers to introduce mutual funds, stocks, and bonds to customers historically comfortable with savings and checking accounts; the introduction of new computer systems in contested organizational sites; and the promotion of nanoscience and technology as a new science within residual disciplinary frameworks.

He is currently studying efforts to introduce quantitative measures (analytics, metrics) and process improvement within health care systems. This work is related to more theoretical pursuits after the contemporary forms of intention as a contested, yet critical space in human-focused change scholarship.

Professor Faber believes the human dynamics of organizations are perplexing and shifting aggregations of history, experience, and intention. His work attempts to approach, describe, and offer interventions for contemporary problems within human systems. These are simultaneously systems and problems that typically resist simple categorization and representation. As such, Professor Faber’s work has resisted retroactive description in favor of inventing methods for contemporary analysis of both epistemological and practical forms and actions.

Over the past 4 years, he has transitioned to study health care operations and data-intensive methods for understanding health systems and medical practices. Contemporary health systems are forecasting immense demographic, disease-related, and regulatory challenges. Professor Faber is particularly interested in health care analytics and the visual and quantitative data that are being used to represent and affect these challenges. He has a clinical background as a practicing Emergency Medical Technician (6 years) and volunteer for a rural Ambulance Squad and a Worcester-based free medical clinic. He has a particular interest in rural hospitals and adjacent systems for accessing medical care.

Research Interests

  • Organizations and change
  • Health care systems
  • Epistemology
  • Analytics, metrics

Education

  • B.A. Political Science & English, University of Waterloo 1992
  • M.A. English Simon Fraser University, BC 1993
  • Ph.D. English University of Utah 1998

Featured Publications

  • 2012. "Designing hospital metrics" in ACM SIGDOC.
  • 2007. Discourse Technology & Change, Continuum
  • 2007. "Writing social change," in Handbook of Writing Research, Lawrence Erlbaum
  • 2006. "Representation of nanoscience & technology in popular media" in Technical Communication Q. 15/2.
  • 2002. Community Action & Organizational Change, Southern Illinois UP
 
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