Hani Safadi

Assistant Professor

C420 Benson Hall
630 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Email Address
CV LinkedIn
Personal Personal


I am interested in understanding the role technology plays in organizing work and producing innovations that were traditionally conceived within the boundaries of established firms and businesses. My research lies at the intersection of open-innovation and healthcare technology. In my doctoral dissertation, I examined knowledge creation in one open-source community of
 an Electronic Medical Record named OSCAR. Contrary to other open-source projects, this software is embedded in a community of doctors rather than a community of programmers. I found that the predefined roles of doctors and programmers do not extend into the online community where both groups participate in producing and shaping the software.

I am involved in other research projects that seek to develop a better understanding of the relationships among members in online communities and social medial especially when these relationships are primarily or even exclusively sustained through online interaction. Examining the emergence of leadership in technical forums, I found that leaders are not just among the most central but also post a large number of positive, concise posts with simple language familiar to other participants. Studying the formation of social movement groups on Twitter, I am focusing on how microblogging affords actors who are not previously institutionally recognized to come together collectively to frame a focal issue at the time of a crisis. The study conceptualizes how grassroots actors’ framing in a crisis does not merely diffuse but rather builds upon, reacts to and opposes established actors’ framing.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation Year
  • Business/MIS
McGill University
  • Computer Science
McGill University
  • Computer Engineering
Damascus University

Research Interests

  • HealthCare IT
  • Open-Source Organizing
  • Social Media
  • Online Communities

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Mixed-Methods Design

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Mayo Clinic
Research Collaborator 2016 to present
Stevens Institute of Technology
Visiting Assistant Professor 2014 to 2015


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Best Paper Award
Academy of Management
Excellence in Teaching Award
McGill University
Desautels Faculty of Management

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
2016 - present


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
University of Georgia
Diversity Advisory Council
None 2017 - present University

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Conference Proceedings