Your business is a complex system. People, processes, data, technology, regulations — all interacting in real time, and in nonlinear relationships. By engaging with these domains on their level — for example, performing a process analysis exercise — it can be difficult to discover the root causes of problems, and nearly impossible to predict future results with any confidence.

There is one thing that all aspects of your business have in common: Information. Whether you are examining the business rules of a process or the hiring criteria for a position, every part of your business is made of information. Research At Work Consulting’s founder, Dr. Cory Knobel, is an Information Scientist with additional graduate degrees in Complex Systems; Science, Technology, & Society; and Information Economics, Management, and Policy.

The Research At Work team has “full-stack” quantitative capabilities, from extracting data from your proprietary systems on one extreme to advanced mathematical modeling techniques at the other. Data discovery and definition, big data processing, data governance, and predictive modeling are all part of our quantitative portfolio.

Additionally, a full range of qualitative capabilities is also at your disposal. The Research At Work Team brings proven techniques for interviewing, corporate ethnography, and even work-product archeology. There is no place that information can hide where our team can’t find it, capture it, bring it into view, and manage it.

Finally, we have years of experience in taking the results of these information methods and turning them into state-of-the-art products. From front-facing interface designs and User Experience strategies to large-scale data warehouses, custom software, and real-time business intelligence systems, Research At Work has the capacity to build teams that implement solutions.

As a result, Research At Work can help you understand your challenges in a holistic way — especially those relating to sudden changes in the organization such as acquisitions, or major new technology initiatives. Working with your leadership, we will create 360-degree solutions that include new measurement tools as well as new incentive programs for your organization.

Case Studies

David has a superior ability to quickly assess a situation and identify business needs then translate them into an action plan.

Kerry Little
Vice President / Santa Barbara Bank and Trust

I engaged with Research At Work Consulting for review of the University of Michigan Enterprise Analytics Roadmap. We asked the RAW team to look for areas that were either underrepresented or missing. Since we thought we had done a comprehensive roadmap, we were surprised with the results. The RAW team did an excellent job of comparing our roadmap to national standards and identifying areas requiring additional definition. It was a thoughtful and thorough review.

Mary Hill
Director of Data Management Services / University of Michigan Medical School

David drove the project to completion and was extremely effective in a difficult corporate environment. I would hire him again without question.

Warren Schlicting
Senior Vice President / Comcast

Cory contributed great thought leadership to our project - especially in the area of adult learning and best practices. He was attentive, diligent, and a pleasure to work with. If you're looking for a strategic consultancy with a diverse yet competent portfolio, RAW Consulting should be your clear stop!

Annaliese Wimbleton
Global Innovation Manager / Whirlpool Corporation

Cory is a top notch professional. In addition to being a strong Human Factors consultant, he was also instrumental in management collaboration and decision making. His expertise, focus, and creativity under pressure made him a tremendous asset to our team.

Paul Cutsforth
District Sales Manager / Cequent Performance Products

I hired Cory to lead the design and development of a website documenting the research network. Cory identified a great designer/ developer and managed the project perfectly. The design and content were outstanding, and the website launched on schedule. Simply put, Cory is outstanding and I will hire him again.

Carl DiSalvo
Associate Professor / Georgia Institute of Technology

I had the opportunity to hire Cory to document a multi-year, multi-institution (academic and industry) research network that involved over 70 participants with as many projects. Cory conducted interviews with key members of the research network, reviewed key projects, analyzed this data, and produced a detailed report on the activities of the network, with an emphasis on analyzing the structures of collaboration that did and did not work. The report was simply outstanding. Throughout the project, Cory constantly excelled in both his social skills and his research skills. His deliverables were on time and thorough, and his insights were exceptional.

Carl DiSalvo
Associate Professor / Georgia Institute of Technology

Cory was a pleasure to work with on a critical training development project. He brought deep knowledge of adult learning theories to his work and presented us with practical suggestions that improved our training delivery almost immediately. In addition to delivering the project, Cory also helped us to gain better insight into our own processes and work culture.

Sara Ulius-Sabel
Global Innovation Senior Manager / Whirlpool Corporation

Cory’s interdisciplinary background gave him the ability to see patterns and solutions across different domains that were not apparent to others on the team. These valuable insights have led to opportunities for improvement in the way Intel manages its relationships with academic institutions. I am looking forward to my next occasion to work with Cory.

Ken Anderson
Principal Researcher / Intel Corporation

David has the uncanny gift of identifying business needs by asking on-the-mark questions at a macro level and translating them to applications in a most granular and accurate fashion.

Gerard Broussard
Vice President / Media Insights & Analytics