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Teaming in a Virtual World: What Network Science and Research on Astronauts Can Teach Us About Working Together When We Are Apart
For many, the shift to working remotely has disrupted patterns of relationships and teamwork. Join Professors Noshir Contractor and Leslie DeChurch for a webinar on the impact of physical distancing and confinement on our networks, with insights we can use here on the ground from research on team dynamics and performance among astronauts.

Jul 16, 2020 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Noshir Contractor
Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, McCormick School of Engineering Professor of Management & Organizat @Kellogg School of Management
Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communication and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA. He is the Director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. He is investigating factors that lead to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks in a wide variety of contexts including communities of practice in business, translational science and engineering communities, public health networks and virtual worlds. His research program has been funded continuously for over 15 years by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional current funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, Air Force Research Lab, Army Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory, the Gates Foundation & the MacArthur Foundation.
Leslie DeChurch
Professor of Communication Studies, Director ATLAS Lab @Northwestern University
Leslie DeChurch’s research investigates teamwork and leadership in organizations. She is Professor of Communication Studies, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. She is President and Chairperson of the Board of INGRoup, the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. Professor DeChurch leads the ATLAS lab: Advancing Teams, Leaders, and Systems. ATLAS explores the dynamics through which teams form, and how these dynamics affect their performance as teams, and their ability to work as larger organizational systems (multiteam systems). ATLAS conducts laboratory and online experiments, meta-analytic integrations, and field studies of teams and leaders to understand their core organizing processes. Such processes include: leadership networks, team cognition, team conflict and motivation, and team information sharing.
Holly J. Raider
Managing Director of Executive Education and Clinical Professor of Management @Kellogg School of Management
Holly Raider is the Managing Director of Executive Education and a Clinical Professor of Management. Holly has published research on career development, economic transactions, and technology management. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. From 1993-1998 Holly was a scholar at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology in Groningen, Netherlands. Holly's expertise is in the art and science of leadership. Her teaching emphasizes the business application of social science theory and research. She teaches in Kellogg's core MBA course in organization behavior, the Weinberg College of Arts and Science undergraduate course Leadership in Organizations, and numerous topics in executive education. Her courses are highly interactive, analytical, and designed for the specific needs of distinct student populations and learning styles.