Doing More in Less Time: How Multitasking Increases Creativity

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Tali KAPADIA
Kenan-Flagler Business School University of North Carolina

27 November 2015 - T103 - From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The emergence of collaboration amidst institutional complexity: A model of interactional fluidity

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa POUTHIER
Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

24 November 2015 - T008 - From 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Emergent Phenomena and Process Dynamics: The Next Frontier for Team Research

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Steve W. J. KOZLOWSKI
Michigan State University USA

12 June 2015 - R09 - Building S - From 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Emergence has received relatively limited direct research attention in the micro and meso disciplines of organizational science (i.e., organizational psychology, organizational behavior, and human resource management). It has largely been treated as latent and assumed, assessed within a limited conceptualization, and examined in a static fashion. This is part of a broader problem in organizational psychology and behavior research (OP/B) that treats team (and other) processes as static constructs. I will discuss emergence as a multilevel process and focus on its point of origin, interaction patterns, and the dynamics of how phenomena emerge. I will discuss how emergent phenomena are typically studied in organizational science and the limitations inherent in the dominant approaches. Once emerged, team processes also exhibit dynamics with respect to the stability of the emerged phenomenon, the form of emergence, and variability in its level. Given these conceptual complexities, investigating emergence is challenging and necessitates new methodologies. I will discuss innovations in research design and measurement that are required to advance understanding of emergence as a process and team processes as dynamic phenomena. I will present some novel approaches and will illustrate them by highlighting my current research.

Background Readings (for those who may be interested)

Cronin, M. A., Weingart, L. R., & Todorova, G. (2011). Dynamics in groups: Are we there yet? The Academy of Management Annals, 5, 571-612.

Kozlowski, S. W. J., & Chao, G. T. (2012). The dynamics of emergence: Cognition and cohesion in work teams. Managerial and Decision Economics, 33, 335-354.

Kozlowski, S. W. J., Chao, G. T., Grand, J. A., Braun, M. T., & Kuljanin, G. (2013). Advancing multilevel research design: Capturing the dynamics of emergence. Organizational Research Methods, 16, 581-615.

Kozlowski, S. W. J., & Klein, K. J. (2000). A multilevel approach to theory and research in organizations: Contextual, temporal, and emergent processes. In K. J. Klein & S. W. J. Kozlowski (Eds.), Multilevel theory, research and methods in organizations: Foundations, extensions, and new directions (pp. 3-90). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Marks, M. A., Mathieu, J. E., & Zaccaro, S. J. (2001). A temporally based framework and taxonomy of team processes. Academy of Management Review, 26, 356-376.

In Search of “Good Governance”: Institutional Contention and The Transformation of the U.S. Director Elite

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Marta GELETKANYCZ
Associate professor of strategic management , Carroll School of Management, Boston College, USA

11 May 2015 - T015 - From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The last two decades have witnessed a call for corporate governance reform spanning not only continents, but also a diverse array of stakeholder groups. This research explores the ongoing social movement behind governance reform in the U.S. and the interactions of institutions central to that initiative. In a departure from extant study of social movements, we find a shared frame is unrelated to collective mobilization among key institutional actors. Their failure to coalesce produces a unique form of uncertainty – one borne of homo- (rather than hetero-) geneous logic. We further explore the response of firms to these developments. Our findings suggest the political economy of U.S. corporate directorships has been upended. The new director elite bears little resemblance to its forebearers, even profiles as recent as the year 2000. Implications for research and practice, including governance effectiveness, are discussed.

Life on the Edge: Dynamic Boundary Spanning in Mine Rescue Teams

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Mary J. Waller
Professor of Organization Studies , Schulich School of Business, York University Toronto, Canada

20 March 2015 - T025 - From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Organizations often rely heavily on teams to respond to critical unexpected events. In this presentation, I briefly summarize a long-term research program focused on understanding performance differences in such teams. Drawing from this research program, I then describe a recent field study of underground mine rescue teams and, based on analyses so far, specifically how team leader behaviors differ significantly between low- and high-performing teams.


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