The Anthropology in Business podcast is for anthropologists and business leaders interested in learning more about the many ways anthropology is applied in business and why business anthropology is one of the most effective lenses for making sense of organizations and consumers. It is hosted by Matt Artz, a business anthropologist specializing in design anthropology and working at the intersection of product management, user experience, and business strategy. To learn more about the Anthropology in Business podcast, please visit https://mattartz.me.
Christine Miller on Anthropology in Business with Matt Artz
In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Christine Miller speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Christine's journey from studying the innovation practices of organizations to finding design anthropology and her current role as a professor of Design Management at SCAD. It also touches on Christine's 2018 book, Design + Anthropology, and a forthcoming book on design anthropology.
About Christine Miller
Christine Miller is a design educator, researcher, and practitioner working at the intersection of anthropology, design, and business.
Her Ph.D. research integrated anthropology, management/organizational studies, and business in an ethnographic study of process formalization and the relationship between innovation and formalization at a Tier One automotive supplier.
Her research interests focus on sociotechnical systems and the ways in which sociality and culture influence the design and diffusion, adoption, and adaptation of new products, processes, and technologies. She also studies technology-mediated communication, knowledge flows within pluridisciplinary groups and teams, and the emergence of co-located and technology-enabled collaborative innovation networks (COINs).
She is currently a Co-PI on a NSF grant studying the ethics and cultures of STEM research groups. She is exploring how developing context-specific ethical guidelines co-designed by lab and research group members might help cultivate ethical culture.
She currently teaches at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. From the fall of 2014 until May 2018, she taught at IIT in Chicago for the Stuart School of Business and in the Institute of Design.
Her most recent book, Design + Anthropology was published by Routledge in 2017. She is currently working on a follow up book on design anthropology.
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Design + Anthropology book
Design Anthropology Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology article
Cathleen Crain on Anthropology in Business with Matt Artz
In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Cathleen Crain speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Cathleen's tremendously successful career which includes being the co-founder and managing partner of LTG Associates and the current president of The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology. LTG Associates was the first business anthropology consulting agency in the US. It just had its 40th anniversary and has a new website to celebrate the milestone.
About Cathleen Crain
Cathleen Crain, M.A. is a Managing Partner of LTG Associates, the oldest anthropologically based consulting firm in the U.S. and a senior professional anthropologist. She has more than forty years of experience in health and human services research, program development, evaluation, policy analysis, and technical assistance. Cathleen has been engaged in scores of projects for international, federal, state, and local governmental organizations, and with for- and non-profit organizations and foundations. In addition to being an active social scientist working on projects, Cathleen is responsible for the development side of the firm.
Cathleen is the current president of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA), a past member of the SfAA Nominations and Elections Committee, a past chair of the NAPA committee responsible for the Careers Expo, a founder of the NAPA mentor program, a long-standing and proud member of WAPA, and a current member of the WAPA program committee.
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LTG Associates Website
Katie Hillier on Anthropology in Business with Matt Artz
In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Katie Hillier speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Katie's journey from her USC online communities graduate program to becoming a digital anthropologist, and now working at the Liiv Center to bring digital innovation to all of anthropology.
About Katie Hillier
Katie Hillier has worked as a Digital Anthropologist for over 10 years, running global digital anthropology labs in the Innovation consultancy space. She has a passion for bringing empathy to big data and believes in a future where digital anthropology becomes as essential as data science across all aspects of society. Today she is the Chief Digital Anthropologist at the LiiV Center, a non-profit organization committed to bringing digital innovation to anthropology.
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Laura Korčulanin on Anthropology in Business
In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Laura Korčulanin speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Laura's journey from her early grassroots organizing to focusing on design anthropology , and founding Give a Shit.
About Laura Korčulanin
Laura Korčulanin is a pioneer design anthropologist, systems thinker, and environmental advocate. She is passionate about true world changes and working towards positive impact and regenerative solutions. What defines her the most is an ecosystemic vision and holistic approach to world challenges and their solutions, where nature is the main stakeholder.
She is passionate about life and projects that make a difference to all living beings, co-creating her legacy through innovative research and educational frameworks with different stakeholders.
She has over 12 years of experience in qualitative research, six years of experience in university-level positions teaching with holistic educational models, and a decade of immersed creation in the private and public sector, from design consultancy agencies, municipalities, decision-making bodies, NGOs, and academia.
She is the founder of Give a Shit and is currently finishing her PhD focused on integrated sanitation solutions and urban water management with a case study of Lisbon.
Laura Korčulanin on LinkedIn
Give a Shit
Ainslee Hooper on Anthropology in Business with Matt Artz
In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Ainslee Hooper speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Ainslee’s journey from her anthropology schooling to becoming a disability inclusion consultant and podcaster. About Ainslee Hooper Ainslee Hooper is an Anthropologist specializing in disability inclusion. For the past three years, she has worked on numerous projects utilizing her ethnographic & qualitative research skills with a focus on disability inclusion for councils, disability service providers, public venues and sustainability services firms. Ainslee combines her unique knowledge of disability with her professional skills, along with her evidence-backed research methods to empower businesses and organizations to remove invisible barriers and be more inclusive and accessible, reducing the risk of ableism. Ainslee has been recognized in her field, receiving the Employment Award in the Geelong Awards for People with Disability in 2020. This award recognizes someone who has achieved success or made a substantial contribution to empowering and developing others in the workplace or the community. Ainslee graduated from Deakin University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology. Ainslee is currently completing a PhD in Anthropology at Deakin University, researching the experiences of people with disabilities during the COVID19 pandemic and "COVID normal". Ainslee is currently a Community Representative on the Access & Inclusion Advisory Committee for the City of Greater Geelong and is an advisor on the 'Women and Body Mapping' Research Study Advisory Group and sits on the board of the Barwon Disability Resource Council & MuMEcations. Recommended Links
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Ainslee Hooper Consulting
Ainslee Hooper's Podcast
Angela VandenBroek on Anthropology in Business
In this episode of the Anthropology in Business podcast, Angela VandenBroek speaks with Matt Artz about her career as a business anthropologist. The conversation covers Angela's journey from consulting and studying innovation, to teaching applied anthropology at Texas State University.
About Angela VandenBroek
Angela VandenBroek is a sociocultural anthropologist with a PhD in anthropology from Binghamton University. She has additionally worked as an applied anthropologist in design, branding, and information technologies since 2008—both within organizations and as a freelancer. Broadly speaking, her work sits at the intersection of business and design anthropology and science and technology studies and focuses on how ambitions for better futures by states, citizens and entrepreneurs are coopted and reformed by innovation culture and its infrastructures.
She's conducted research in Stockholm Sweden’s startup and innovation ecosystem (#SthlmTech) and will be starting research among entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas in 2021.
She is also the web producer for the Committee for the Anthropology of Science Technology and Computing (CASTAC) in the General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association and a leader for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Apply Club in the Applied Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Angela VandenBroek's website
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Angela VandenBroek on Twitter
Committee for the Anthropology of Science, Technology & Computing (CASTAC)
Discussions Worth Your Time
Episode after episode Matt delivers content that starts conversations. These conversations can transfer to clients in easy to digestible educational bites or bits used as conversation starters. Every episode has had some take away I’ve found myself sharing. I’m looking forward to the future of this podcast and where Matt brings the conversation.
My only complaint is that this podcast wasn’t around when I graduated with my Anthropology degree! Thank you for bringing together such an inspiring, eclectic mix of anthropologists and industry leaders to discuss their own personal career journeys and lessons learned. Listening to your podcast is already helping me to better articulate my own professional value as an anthropologist working in a business context. I cant wait to see who we hear from next!