Announcing CORD at ASU


February 6, 2014

Arizona State University is pleased to formally announce the formation of a new multidisciplinary research center, the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD). Whereas CORD began its initial activities in September 2013 it recently received its formal auspices by the university and Arizona Board of Regents.

The CORD mission is to promote, support and conduct fundamental research on public, nonprofit, and hybrid organizations and their design, focusing particularly, though not exclusively, on knowledge-based and science intensive-organizations. While CORD is an interdisciplinary unit of the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University, it is cross-national in its focus and welcomes participants and affiliates from many nations.

Barry Bozeman, Arizona Centennial Professor of Technology Policy and Public Management, is founding director of CORD. The Center currently includes 14 faculty or postdoc researchers at ASU, many graduate research assistants, as well as faculty and student affiliates from universities around the world. CORD’s distinguished Board of Advisors is headed by the elected chair of the Board, Stuart Bretschneider, Maxwell Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Technology and Information Policy, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

In addition to its research performer functions, CORD will serve as a producer, broker, and supplier of public domain data on public, nonprofit, and hybrid organizations. The center will also promote communication among researchers, including serving as a locus for conferences, workshops, visiting researchers, and facilitating intellectual interchange about public, nonprofit, and hybrid organizations.

In addition to its ongoing National Science Foundation research projects, CORD is currently implementing three new large scale, multi-university projects including:

1. National Administrative Studies Project, IV: Citizen-Public Manager Comparisons (NASP-Citizen).

2. Publicness and University Performance: Comparing Public, Nonprofit and For-Profit Universities.

3. Asset Bundles and Disadvantaged Students’ Progression in Science and Technology Education and Careers

While each of these projects is cooperative and welcomes researchers from other universities and research organizations, the NASP project is part of a long line of similar projects that have involved multiple researchers with multiple objectives.

While the CORD Board of Advisors will nominate persons to be affiliated researchers, CORD also welcomes self-nominations. To inquire about affiliating with CORD or for permission to use existing CORD data (which includes data from previous NASP projects) contact us at . To learn more about CORD please visit our website: