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Leonardi named Pentair-D. Eugene and Bonnie L. Nugent Associate Professor in Manufacturing

Paul Leonardi, associate professor in the School of Communication Department of Communication Studies, has been named the Pentair-D. Eugene and Bonnie L. Nugent Teaching Professor in Manufacturing at Northwestern University.

Leonardi teaches courses on the management of innovation and organizational change in the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. His research focuses on how companies can create organizational structures and employ advanced information technologies to more effectively create and share knowledge. He is particularly interested in how data intensive technologies, such as simulation and social media tools, enable new ways to access, store, and share information; how the new sources of information these technologies provide can change work routines and communication partners; and how shifts in employees’ work and communication alter the nature of an organization's expertise.

He is the author of Car Crashes Without Cars: Lesson About Simulation Technology and Organizational Change from Automotive Design (MIT Press, 2012).

Leonardi has won awards for his research from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Association for Information Systems, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the National Science Foundation. He received his PhD from Stanford University.

D. Eugene Nugent (McC51) is the former Chairman and CEO of Pentair, a leading provider in the water solutions and technical products industries. Bonnie L. (Weidman) Nugent (SESP49), retired from teaching, she is a freelance writer and author.