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Kathryn J Aten

Phone: (831) 656-2644


Kathryn Aten earned her Ph.D. in Management at the University of Oregon and holds undergraduate and MBA degrees in international business. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Defense Management at the Naval Postgraduate School where she teaches business policy and strategy, managerial inquiry methods, and qualitative research methods.

Kathryn studies technology acceptance and adoption using primarily qualitative research methods. Her research explores how technologies influence individuals and organizations, focusing on organizational innovation, work, collaboration, and strategy.
Her teaching and work is grounded in her early career experience with innovative companies including, Apple Inc., Patagonia, and International Game Technology.
  • PhD - University of Oregon 2009
NPS Experience
  • 2017 - current: Associate Professor
  • 2010 - current: Assistant Professor
Other Experience
  • 2009 - 2010 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • 1999 - 2001 Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV
Research Interests
Technology influences on work and organizations
Technology adoption
Technology-mediated education
Information technology and social media
Talent management of technical professionals
Teaching Interests
Strategic management
Strategic management of technology
Qualitative research methods
Managerial inquiry research methods

Scholarly Work

  • Conference Proceedings
  • Aten, K. J., Nardon, L., & Stanko, T, (2015). Adapting communication to create common ground in a virtual world.
  • Journal Articles
  • DiRenzo, M. S., Aten, K. J., & Rosikiewicz, B, (2018). Embeddedness and turnover intentions in extra roles: A mixed-methods analysis of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Career Development International.
  • Capitano, J., DiRenzo, M. S., Greenhaus, J., & Aten, K. J, (2017). Role identity salience and boundary permeability preferences: An examination of enactment and protection effects. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 102, 99-111.
  • Aten, K. J., DiRenzo, M. S., & Shatnawi, D, (2017). Gender and professional e-networks: Implications of gender heterophily on job search facilitation and outcomes. Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Dew, N., Aten, K. J., & Ferrer, G, (2017). How many admirals does it take to change a light bulb? Organizational innovation, energy efficiency, and the battle over LED lights at the U.S. Navy. Energy Research & Social Science, (27), 57-67.
  • Aten, K. J., Nardon, L., & Isabelle, D, (2016). Making sense of foreign context: Skilled migrant’s perceptions of contextual barriers and career options. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management.
  • Aten, K. J., & Thomas, G. F, (2016). Crowdsourcing Strategizing Communication Technology Affordances and the Communicative Constitution of Organizational Strategy. International Journal of Business Communication, 2329488415627269.
  • Nardon, L., & Aten, K. J, (2016). Making sense of a foreign culture: Triggers, mechanisms, and reflective focus in newcomers’ blogs. International Journal of Intercultural Relations.
  • Nardon, L., Aten, K. J., & Gulanowski, D, (2015). Expatriate adjustment in the digital age: The co-creation of online social support resources through blogging. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, (47), 41-55.
  • Magazines/Trade Publications
  • Aten, K. J., & Salem, A. M, (2016). Marine Corps Sponsors Study to Better Understand Energy Use.
  • Aten, K. J., & Anita, S, (2016). Marine Corps sponsors study to better understand energy use: Naval Postgraduate School recommends changes in practices to promote energy efficiency.
  • Technical Reports
  • Aten, K. J., & Salem, A. M, (2017). Millennials: Fact or Fiction.
  • Aten, K. J., & DiRenzo, M. S, (2015). Work life balance in the context of the Navy.