Event Date and Time
The Hotel at the University of Maryland

University-Industry Partnerships in the Social Sciences: Helping Organizations Achieve Impact

A Special Workshop Hosted by the University of Maryland, in partnership with the UIDP, and with support from the National Science Foundation

October 12-14, 2021

The Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.


The University of Maryland, College Park, in collaboration with the UIDP, will host a three-day workshop in College Park, Maryland, convening a diverse group of experts and leaders from academia, industry, and government to consider how academic-corporate partnerships can advance social, behavioral, and organizational science research to positively impact science and society.

HotelWith the rapid growth of social networks over the last two decades and the corresponding availability of big data, the behavioral and social sciences have become increasingly important to the development and growth of organizations’ capacity to understand and address global challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated the importance of the social sciences in providing guidance during societal crises, particularly with respect to the successful operation of organizations during emergencies. Social, behavioral, and organizational science can help organizations address societal needs, and these contributions can be magnified through collaborations between academia and industry. With respect to such issues as harnessing data for societal benefit, shaping the future of work, supporting diversity and inclusion, advancing team science, establishing successful leadership and mentorship models within organizations, and understanding the impact of artificial intelligence on society, the social sciences are critical for advances and solutions. There are significant opportunities for expanding academic-corporate partnerships in the social sciences to help address urgent societal needs.

This workshop will help generate more awareness about the collaborative opportunities that exist within the social, behavioral, economic, and organizational science disciplines, and will produce strategies to fuel future industry-university partnerships. The workshop will showcase research collaborations relevant to business practitioners, policy makers, and research communities, examine how organizations develop and operate successfully, especially amid current challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and explore how university-industry collaborations in the social sciences can stimulate discovery, knowledge exchange, and economic development, helping to create value and achieve social impact. The workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation.


For more information about the workshop, including event details and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ted Knight at teknight [at] umd [dot] edu.