Cory Knobel
RAW Principal

Cory Knobel, Ph.D., is an industry leader and academic expert on arguably the most important issues facing businesses today: complex organizational change, and the management of large-scale systems and services.

Dr. Knobel formed Research At Work Consulting to give modern enterprises access to state-of-the-art science in information, design, and infrastructure. At RAW Consulting, he helps organizations navigate change caused by fluid market conditions, involving the transformation and management of people and processes, technology and data, and governance. Additionally, he has considerable project leadership experience, including:

  • Designing recommender and reputation-system algorithms underlying highly visible and visited technology community-review sites.
  • Coordinating national field and laboratory testing for capital medical-product redesign, marketing, and deployment.
  • Training Fortune 500 technology clients in adapting product portfolios to new federal procurement standards.

An expert in the field of information science, Dr. Knobel has authored or co-authored over 30 publications in academic, professional and industry journals. An accomplished public speaker, he has presented more than 25 invited talks. He has served as a reviewer and associate editor for over 30 academic journals, university presses, and trade conferences. In addition to his expertise as a scientist, Dr. Knobel has managed professional teams ranging in size from small groups to more than 175 members. He has served as principal investigator and co-P.I. on research grants from the NSF, Qualcomm Institute, Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, and UCI Center for Organizational Research.

He holds a doctorate in information from the University of Michigan, with additional graduate credentials and training in complex systems; applied statistics; science, technology, and society; and information management, economics, and policy.


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’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

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 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 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

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

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

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

Kerry Little

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