Karen Stephenson

Karen Stephenson

Speaker: Karen Stephenson

The President of NetForm International, an enterprise web-based licensing company, and a professor of management, currently lecturing at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University

Speech Topics Include:

  • Network Theory and Practice

She is a corporate anthropologist and has held numerous appointments including “Visiting Anthropologist” at Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) (1988-90), Visiting Professor at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1994), as well as concurrently serving as professor of management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Visiting Scholar at the IBM Advanced Business Institute for the decade spanning 1990-2000. She is a contributing member to five think tanks: The Global Business Network or GBN, Cultural Survival at Harvard University, The Agora at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Design Futures Council, and Demos, a U.K. based public policy think tank Dr. Stephenson has combined her personal legacy in the sciences with practical management experience and research to publish and lecture in the areas of the workplace, organizational culture and communication and the management of human networks. Her work has been used by the CDC to understand global contagion, by business to diagnose cultural health and prescribe remedial interventions for M&As, divestitures and other transformational initiatives, and more recently by the U.S. and the U.K. governments to diagnose and detect terrorism as well as design for sustained collaboration in public-private partnerships.

Internationally recognized in network theory and practice and the recipient of many awards of innovation, Dr. Stephenson has produced five videos on the subject, has hosted or been spotlighted on NPR, WGBH, and Business America, as well as been featured in CNN Business Unusual and Fox News. Her work has also been featured in the print media including but not limited to The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal (U.S., Asia and Europe), Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Chief Executive Magazine, The Economist, CIO, Forbes and Strategy+Business.

She received her Ph.D. (Anthropology) from Harvard University, M.A. (Anthropology) from the University of Utah, and B.A. (Chemistry and Art) from Austin College in Texas.

Network Theory and Practice

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