Innovation is critical to our economic and social prosperity. When we think about innovation, we often think about the outcome – the innovative ideas – yet it is people who develop, modify, and implement these ideas. Innovation work can be a challenging endeavor. People must navigate ambiguous problem contexts, overcome setbacks, and persist in the face of the status quo.
My students and I study innovators, drawing upon psychological theory and multi-method research methods including longitudinal ethnographic field studies, participant observation, surveys, network analysis, and controlled laboratory studies. Our aim is to develop theory, tools, services, and practices to support innovators on and offline.
Hui, J. Greenberg. Gerber, E. Understanding Crowdfunding Work: Implications for Support Tools, Computer Human Interaction WIP 2013
Greenberg, M., Hui, J., Gerber, E. Crowdfunding: A Resource Exchange Perspective, Computer Human Interaction WIP 2013
Greenberg, M., Hariharan, K., Gerber, E., Pardo, B., Crowdfunding Support Tools_Predicting Success & Failure, Computer Human Interaction WIP 2013
Dow, S., Gerber, E. Wong, A. A Pilot Study of Crowds in the Classroom, Computer Human Interaction 2013, ACM Press.
Kittur, N., Bernstein, M., Nickerson, J., Gerber, E., Shaw, A., Lease, M., Zimmerman, J., Horton, M. Future Of Crowd Work, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM Press.
Hui, J., Greenberg, M., Gerber, E. Easy Money: The Demands of Crowdfunding Work , Segal Technical Report 2012
Gerber, E. Does Crowdfunding Fail the Most Promising Entrepreneurs, The Huffington Post
Gerber, E. STEM Students Must be Taught to Fail, US News and World Report
Gerber, E., Martin, C., Braunstein, J., Kramer, E., Carberry, A. Innovation Self-Efficacy: Development of a Measure, Frontiers in Education. 2012
Morris, R., Dontcheva, M., Gerber, E., Priming for Better Performance in Micro-Task Crowdsourcing Environments, IEEE Internet Computing, 2012
Gerber, E. & Kennedy, C. Supporting Creativity in Web-Based Services, International Journal of Design, Vol. 16 (1), 2012
Gerber, E., Olson, J., Komarek, R. Extracurricular Design Based Learning , International Journal of Engineering Education, 2012
Leonardi, P. Beyene, T. & Gerber, E. How Managers Use Multiple Media: Discrepant Events, Power, and Timing in Redundant Communication, Organization Science, 2012
Lewis, S., Dontcheva, M., & Gerber, E. Affective Computational Priming and Creativity, Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction 2011, ACM Press
Gerber, E. The Psychological Experience of User Observation, International Conference on Engineering Design 2011 Proceedings
Gerber, E. & Carroll, M. The Psychological Experience of Prototyping, Design Studies. Vol. 33 (1), 2012
Gerber, E. Tech Break Ups: A Research Tool for Understanding People’s Attachment to Their Technology, Proceedings of Creativity and Cognition, ACM Press, 2011
Gerber, E., McKenna, A., Hirsch, P. & Yarnoff, C., Learning to Waste – Wasting to Learn? How to Use Cradle to Cradle Principles to Improve the Teaching of Design, International Journal of Engineering Education, 2010
Bao, P., Gerber, E., Gergle, D., Hoffman, D. Momentum: Getting and Staying on Topic During a Brainstorm. Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction 2010, ACM Press
Chung, H. & Gerber, E., Emotional-Storyboarding: A Participatory Method for Emotional Designing for Children, Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Design & Emotion, 2010
Gerber, E., Prototyping: Facing Uncertainty Through Small Wins, Proceedings of International Conference on Engineering Design 2009
Gerber, E., Improvisation Principles and Techniques for Design, Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction 2007, ACM Press
Gerber, E. Using Improvisation To Enhance the Effectiveness of Brainstorming, Proceedings of Computer Human Interaction 2007, ACM Press