Melissa Mazmanian

Melissa Mazmanian

Joint Appointment
Associate Professor, Informatics

5092 Donald Bren Hall

949.824.9284    Personal website  

Melissa Mazmanian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Melissa’s interests revolve around communication practices in personal and organizational contexts, specifically in relation to social norms and the nature of personal and professional time in the digital age. She is currently involved in conducting ethnographies of personal time, looking at the role of communication theologies in how families juggle busy lives and negotiate work and personal demands. In addition, Melissa is interested in the intersection between formal power structures and everyday practices in organizations. In this vein she has been engaged in qualitative research on practices of budgeting, the introduction of electronic health systems, change efforts to promote predictable time off, and smartphone use in work contexts. Melissa has published in Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, MIS Quarterly and ACM venues such as CHI and CSCW. She earned her PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management and  Masters in Information Economics, Management and Policy from the University of Michigan, School of Information.


  • Mazmanian, M & Beckman, C. (2017) “Rituals of Quantification: Understanding the disciplinary power of output control.” Conditional Accept, Organization Science.
  • Pine, K., & Mazmanian, M., (2017) “Artful and contorted coordinating: The ramifications of imposing formal logics of task jurisdiction on situated practice.” Academy of Management Journal. 60(2): Pages 720-742.
  • Mazmanian, M., Cohn, M., Dourish, P., (2014) “Dynamic reconfiguration in planetary exploration: a sociomaterial ethnography.” MIS Quarterly, 38(3): Pages 831-848.
  • Mazmanian, M., Orlikowski, W.J., and Yates, J. (2013) “The Autonomy Paradox: The Implications of Wireless Email Devices for Knowledge Professionals.” Organization Science, 24(5): Pages 1225-1250. (Winner, Best Information Systems Publications Award).
  • Mazmanian, M., (2013).“Avoiding the trap of constant connectivity: When congruent frames assume heterogeneous practices.” Academy of Management Journal. 56(5): Pages 1337-1357.