About Karen

Karen Sobel-Lojeski, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on how technology impacts human relationships.  Some of the topics she studies include how technology affects education and learning, business performance, policy and decision-making, child development, and emotional well-being.

Her award-winning Virtual Distance Model has been adopted by thousands of employers in organizations worldwide.

In addition Karen has launched The Threshold Generation Project – an initiative to gather data from people all over the world in an effort to scientifically understand what it is about our human nature that we need to preserve and what about our human nature can we dare to do without as we enter into a brave new world.

Dr. Lojeski is the author of two books, Uniting the Virtual Workforce:  Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise and Leading the Virtual Workforce:  How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century.  Based on her groundbreaking research, she is currently working on her third book about mobile smart technology’s influence on human relationships for a broader market including parents, teachers, policy-makers and more.

Karen’s work is a highly sought-after keynote speaker who’s often featured in major media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Fortune, CBS News, The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR and more.  Karen has presented her work and thoughts about the future at The United Nations, The World Economic Forum’s Global Leadership Fellows Program at The Wharton School and dozens of corporate, government and non-profit events.

Dr. Lojeski’s research is multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary, drawing on research from social science, neuroscience, cognitive science, complexity theory, industrial and organizational psychology as well as innovation, creativity and contemplation research.



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