Dr. Sandra Toze
Assistant Professor; SIM Director,
School of Information Management
Dr. Sandra Toze is an information professional with more than 20 years of progressive corporate and academic experience as a research associate; a manager; a vendor; a reference librarian; a lecturer and a researcher. She has provided research services within several of Canada’s leading financial services firms, as well as for senior executives within public, private and not for profit organizations on an ad hoc basis.
Dr. Toze’s research and teaching interests emerged directly from this professional experience and focus on understanding the ways in which the modern workplace is being transformed through innovative information practices facilitated by technology and increased collaboration. She is passionate about examining the ways in which information and knowledge management can help individuals, groups, and organizations solve problems, learn, and achieve their goals.
Dr. Toze’s dissertation examines how groups of students find and integrate information to accomplish complex class assignments. This research is interdisciplinary, and brings together models and theories from information science, organizational behaviour and computer science. The contributions of this research include a model of group information processes, and a taxonomy of information tasks and activities. As well, she has developed a Naturalistic Lab design, a novel approach for studying groups.