Research Overview

My research seeks to understand how emerging technologies influence work and organizations. 


During the first two years of my PhD, I conducted a 13-month ethnographic study of a distributed financial organization that operated online and engaged in widespread market manipulation of cryptocurrencies. In this study, I examine how an outside investment community was able to detect these manipulation attempts over time and stop them. A paper (with Claus Rerup) based on this study has received a revise and resubmit at Administrative Science Quarterly.

Following my study on cryptocurrencies, I conducted a 13-month ethnographic study of “Southern Eye Hospital,” an elite teaching hospital in China, in order to examine the influence of artificial intelligence development on work and organizational change. This research analyzes how the development of artificial intelligence led to changing work practices, role relations, and learning processes among medical trainees and doctors. 

I was a finalist for the 2021 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition.

Working Papers

Spencer, Bryan and Claus Rerup. [Title Withheld] Cryptocurrency Market Manipulation (Revise and resubmit at Administrative Science Quarterly)

Spencer, Bryan and Claus Rerup. [Title Withheld] Microprocesses of Performance Feedback Amid Multiple Goals (Reject and resubmit at Organization Science)

Spencer, Bryan, Claus Rerup, and Carlo Salvato. [Title Withheld] Interorganizational Routines and Alliance Conflict (Under Review) 

Spencer, Bryan. [Title Withheld] Artificial Intelligence Development and Professions (Preparing for submission)

Spencer, Bryan. [Title Withheld] Data work and learning (Preparing for submission)

Works in Progress

Spencer, Bryan. “Stepping into the Unknown: Dual Identity Construction of Doctors as Entrepreneurs” (Data analysis in progress)

Lodge, Jan, Bryan Spencer, and Claus Rerup. “When We Kill: An Analysis of Capital Punishment Routine Dynamics in the U.S.” (Data analysis in progress)

Additional information can be found on my CV.