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Steve Sawyer is a member of the faculty at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. In 1999 Steve was a founding member of the School (now College) of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University and he served on its faculty until 2008. At Penn State Steve held affiliate faculty appointments in the Management and Organizations department of the Smeal College of Business, the Labor Studies and Industrial Relations department in the College of the Liberal Arts and the Science Technology and Society program.


At Syracuse University Steve conducts research focusing on the ways in which people work together and use information and communication technologies.  Current research projects include investigating how the productions processes and methods of software development can be improved through attending to the ways in which developers interact with one another, studying how people adapt to working with large-scale information systems (such as enterprise integration systems), and exploring the changes to both organizational work and larger-scale social arrangements due to the increased distribution of computing (via mobile and wireless technologies). His research has been supported by Corning, IBM, Sonoco, Xerox, the Lattanze Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the National Center for Real Estate Research, the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.


Steve leads courses that focus student’s attention to the design, development and implementation of information systems, managing these projects, and to the roles of information and communication technologies relative to organizational and social change.  Known for his problem-based approach to courses and coursework, Steve has won teaching awards at both Penn State and Syracuse University.


Since 1995, Steve has published nearly 100 works, including papers in a range of journals such as Communications of the ACM, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Technology & People, The IBM Systems Journal, The Information Society, The Information Systems Journal, the Journal of Information Technology and Computer Personnel. With co-authors Rob Kling and Howard Rosenbaum, his first book, Social Informatics, was published in 2005. His book on issues with information systems in organizations, and co-edited with Angel Salazar, was published in 2007. Sawyer is an associate editor at The Information Society and is on the editorial boards of Advanced Media and Communication, Information Technology & People and the Journal of Information Technology. Steve is a member of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, the Academy of Management, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Association for Information Systems (AIS), Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), INFORMS, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE, and the International Federation of Information Processing’s working groups on information systems in organization and society (IFIP WG8.2) and computers and work (IFIP WG 9.1).


Sawyer earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University in 1995.  Steve also holds master’s degrees in both Ocean Engineering (from the University of Rhode Island) and Management Information Systems (from Boston University) and an undergraduate degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.