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Ching Ren

Assistant Professor, Information and Decision Sciences

Yuqing Ching Ren is an assistant professor in the Department of Information and Decision Sciences at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. She holds a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. Her areas of interest include online community design, distributed collaboration, knowledge management, and computational modeling of social and organizational systems. Her work has been published or forthcoming at The Academy of Management Annals, Journal of MIS, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and the proceedings of AOM, CSCW, HICSS, ICIS, and SIGCHI. She currently serves on the editorial board of Organization Science.

Her research aims to understand how to design and manage group processes and information technologies to promote effective collaboration. She has examined this question in several domains such as knowledge-intensive companies, healthcare organizations, and online communities. She employs a wide variety of research methods, using data from field observations, surveys, experiments, and computer simulations.


  • Social computing's effects on work, employment, and the organization
  • Virtual teams and collaboration
  • Online communities