Rob Duimering

Associate Professor

Contact InformationRob Duimering

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32831
Location: CPH 4348

Biography Summary

Rob Duimering is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo.

One of his major research areas is language, cognition and communication in organizations. This research considers the workings of language and related aspects of human cognition in organizational processes, focusing on the manner in which words are used to classify and represent organizational events for information processing and communication.

Socio-technical systems are another research area being studied by Professor Duimering. This research investigates the interaction between technical systems and the social situations in which they are used. By examining technology within a social context, a variety of organizational outcomes can be achieved, including an increased likelihood of implementation success and increased effectiveness of technology in use. Field studies have examined various socio-technical systems, including just-in-time manufacturing, nuclear power plant control room operations, team implementation, supply chain interactions, computer games, and processes of new product introduction. Computer simulation methods have been used to model organizational interactions in new product development, while experimental methods are used for examining interactions in group problem solving situations.

Research Interests

  • Socio-technical System Behaviour
  • Communication in Organizations
  • Cognitive Processes in Groups and Organizations
  • Organizational Design
  • Collaborative Problem Solving


  • 1998, Doctorate, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • 1991, Master's, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
  • 1988, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • MSCI 311 - Organizational Design and Technology
    • Taught in 2017, 2020
  • MSCI 620 - Organizations & Technical Systems
    • Taught in 2019
  • MSCI 750 - Topics in Organizational Analysis and Behaviour
    • Taught in 2020, 2021
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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Nickel, J., Duimering, P.R., Hurst, A.,, Manipulating the design space to resolve trade-offs: Theory and evidence, Design Studies, 79(101095), 2022
  • Ran, B., Duimering, P.R.,, Conceptual combination: Models, theories, and controversies, International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics, 1(1), 2010, 65 - 90
  • Adejumo, G., Duimering, P.R., Zhong, Z., A balance theory approach to group problem solving, Social Networks, 30(1), 2008, 83 - 99
  • Ran, B., Duimering, P.R., Imaging the organization: language use in organizational identity claims, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 21(2), 2007, 155 - 187
  • Clarke, D., Duimering, P.R., How computer gamers experience the game situation: A behavioral study, ACM Computers in Entertainment, 4(3), 2006, 1 - 23
  • Duimering, P.R., Ran, B., Derbentseva, N., Poile, C., The effects of ambiguity on project task structure in new product development, Knowledge and Process Management, 13(4), 2006, 239 - 251
  • Duimering, P.R., Safayeni, F., The Role of Language and Formal Structure in the Construction and Maintenance of Organizational Images, International Studies of Management & Organization (Special Issue on Corporate Image and Identity Management), 28(3), 1998, 57 - 85
  • Alattas, H., Duimering, P.R., (2022). “Effects of open-endedness on problem-solving behaviour,” Proc. Tenth Int’l Conf. of Design Computing and Cognition DCC’22 (Glasgow, Scotland), J.S. Gero (ed.), pp. 143-162, Springer Nature.

Graduate Studies