Karla Sayegh

Dr Karla Sayegh


Karla is a social scientist and ethnographer of work. She studies how experts change their ways of working in response to radical change, with an interest in healthcare organisations. In particular, her research examines how emerging technologies, novel spaces and new tools transform how experts collaborate with one another to perform their work.

Karla Sayegh

Karla holds a BS in Economics, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School, a BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, summa cum laude, from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA with distinction from Yale University and a PhD in Management (Strategy and Organization) from McGill University. Her recent fieldwork followed two of Canada’s largest tertiary care hospitals as they merged their specialty units and relocated onto a newly built and equipped CAN$ 3 billion super hospital facility. The papers emerging from this ethnography have won multiple awards: the sole finalist for the William H. Newman prize at the Academy of Management (AOM), two best paper awards at AOM's healthcare division, one best dissertation award at AOM's healthcare division, two best student paper awards and a paper of merit award at the Organisational Behaviour in Health Care (OBHC) conference and the Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC). Her co-authored paper in Information and Organization entitled ‘Working and organizing in the age of the learning algorithm’ is among the journal’s most cited papers.


Karla’s current research examines how experts coordinate their work under conditions of uncertainty, rapid change and complexity. She studies how emerging technologies and novel spaces are transforming work and cross-disciplinary collaboration in organizations.


What's on

Cover of "Red Rag" magazine featuring a stylized red and black illustration of a woman with flowing hair, alongside text and a headline about women’s liberation.

Varieties of Togetherness: Some Approaches to Feminist Art History

21/05/2024 at 17.30

How might methods of feminist political organising offer transformative methods for art history? 

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Show me your bowl and I’ll tell you who you are

28/05/2024 at 17.30

How can material culture be used to reconstruct ancient human stories?

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Sculpture unveiling: Essay on Reticulations

28/05/2024 at 18.30

Join us for the unveiling of Essay on Reticulations, a new sculptural work at Wolfson College.

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Wolfson Garden Tour: A World Environment Day Celebration

05/06/2024 at 16.45

What solutions is the Wolfson Garden employing to grow trees, revive water sources and rejuvinate soil?

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Lunchtime Concert: Wolfson Chamber Group

08/06/2024 at 13.30

Hear the Wolfson Chamber Group perform at this Saturday lunchtime concert.