Doctoral candidate Kristen Guth is the current Post-Quals Representative for the ACGSA.
Doctoral candidate Kristen Guth is the current Post-Quals Representative for the ACGSA.
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Meet Kristen Guth

Kristen Guth is the Post-Quals Representative for the Annenberg Communication Graduate Student Association (ACGSA). She represents all students who have passed qualifying exams and entered the dissertation stage. She's currently at work on her dissertation, which focuses on organizational development in a Silicon Valley startup.

Name: Kristen L. Guth

Year: Fifth, ABD

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Undergraduate/Graduate Institutions: Wake Forest University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Areas: Organizational change, group communication, technological uncertainty, collaboration, strategy, innovation; communication theory, including structuration, sensemaking, institutional, sociomateriality, organizational identity; methods: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed

Dissertation Topic: My dissertation expands on my interest in early-stage organizational and technology development at a high-tech startup in Silicon Valley. The research intervenes on theoretical debates in communication about the development of transactive memory in small groups and sensemaking of organizational exits.

Publications:
Guth, K. L. (2016). Institutional theory of organizations. In C. E. Carroll (Ed.), Encyclopedia of corporate reputation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Guth, K. L., & Poole, M. S. (2015). Value chain creation through digital innovation: The ebb and flow of communality and connectivity in a networked interorganizational systemProceedings of the 2015 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2015), pp. 4191-4200, Kauai, HI, January 5-8. DOI 10.1109/HICSS.2015.502

Lammers, J. & Guth, K. L. (2013). The institutionalization of corporate reputation. In C. E. Carroll (Ed.), The handbook of communication and corporate reputation. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Guth, K. L. (2013). Cars without car crashes: Lessons about simulation technology and organizational change and automotive design, by Paul Leonardi. International Journal of Communication, 7, 2733-2737. 

Conference Papers:
Guth, K. L. (2016). Bowling online in leagues: Predictors of individual involvement with organizations online. Organizational Communication Division, 102nd annual conference of the National Communication Association, November 10-13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Riley, P., Hagen, C., Mazumdar, T., Kwong, J., Cruz, I., Kim, C., Guth, K., & Hollihan, T. (2016). Building ISIS’ future: Organizational legitimacy through narrative storytelling and technology. International and Intercultural Communication Division, 102nd annual conference of the National Communication Association, November 10-13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Riley, P., Hagen, C., Mazumdar, T., Kwong, J., Cruz, I., Kim, C., Wang, G., Guth, K. (2016). Terrorism disruption through hashtag hijacking. Peace and Conflict Communication Division, 102nd annual conference of the National Communication Association, November 10-13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Guth, K. L. (2016). Too lean for loyalty: When uncertainty generates exits and forces strategic change in startups. 29th annual Organizational Communication Mini Conference, September 30-October 2, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Guth, K. L., Hagen, C., & Steves, K. (2016). Redefining the news through social media: The effect of policy, organization, and profession on journalistic impact. Communication Technology Division, 60th annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 4-7, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Guth, K. L., & Brabham, D. C. (2015). The spirit of technology in e-government: Designing democracy capabilities for online citizen-government interaction. Government Online panel, 16th Annual Internet Research Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, October 21-24, Phoenix, AZ.

Driscoll, K., Leavitt, A., Guth, K., & Bar, F. (2015). Beyond Big Bird: The role of humor in the aggregate interpretation of live-tweeted events. Timing panel, 16th Annual Internet Research Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, October 21-24, Phoenix, AZ.

Guth, K. L., & Brabham, D. C. (2015). Content and context in crowdsourcing design: Exploring the role of communication on contest performance. Communication and Technology Division, 65th annual conference of the International Communication Association, May 21-25, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Student Research Groups/Extracurricular Involvement:
Scenario Laboratory, Annenberg Networks Network (ANN), ACGSA Executive Board, consultant for The Painted Brain LA non-profit

Favorite thing about USC Annenberg: "The new building!" is what I hear the undergraduates say. But honestly, doctoral students, and really any students, at Annenberg are rewarded by the largesse of faculty expertise available in both buildings at the School. With great faculty come great expectations, but I believe that Annenberg's support for students to attend conferences and conduct research sets it apart as a training grounds for excellent scholars. The people I have worked and become friends with during my studies have truly made my LA-as-a-graduate-student experience memorable, from jokes in the PhD office maze to Lemonade cupcakes on the patio. From the perspective of my final year, I'm excited to see onto which other great accomplishments my friends go after the program.

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