Self-Organizing Into Winning Teams: Understanding the Mechanisms that Drive Successful Collaborations

workplace-1245776_1920[We’re pleased to welcome author Amy Wax of California State University, Long Beach, Leslie A. Dechurch, and Noshir S. Contractor of Northwestern University. They recently published an article in Small Group Research entitled “Self-organizing into winning teams: understanding the mechanisms that drive successful collaborations,” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, Wax reflects on the inspiration for conducting this research:]

SGR_48_3_Covers.inddWhat motivated you to pursue this research?

This paper is based on my dissertation research. Throughout graduate school, I was interested in studying team composition and diversity in teams. So, the topic of team self-assembly was very interesting to me (being that it has a lot to do with team composition), and I decided to make it the primary emphasis of my dissertation.

Specifically, I decided to focus on self-assembled teams using a sample of Chinese online gamers because I was granted unique access to a large digital trace data set that could potentially inform my research questions.

What has been the most challenging aspect of conducting your research? Were there any surprising findings?

One of the most challenging (but also most fun/rewarding) parts of conducting this research was spending the summer of 2014 in Shanghai, working on data mining and analyses. It was mainly challenging because of the language barrier. Overall, it was an amazing experience!

What did not make it into your published manuscript that you would like to share with us?

Unfortunately, a series of semi-structured interviews that we conducted with Chinese and American online gamers ended up getting cut from the paper. Look out for a future publication with these results!

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Call for Papers: Small Group Research

SGR_48_3_Covers.inddSmall Group Research is currently seeking manuscript submissions. Small Group Research is an international and interdisciplinary journal presenting research, theoretical advancements, and empirically supported applications with respect to all types of small groups. Each quarterly edition contains in-depth articles on trends, case studies and the latest research by top human resource scholars and industry experts.

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The Inaugural Annual Review Issue of Small Group Research is Now Online!

SGR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint[We’re pleased to welcome Joann Keyton of North Carolina State University and co-editor of Small Group Research.]

Small Group Research is excited to announce that its inaugural Annual Review Issue is now online! The December 2014 issue of Small Group Research presents analytical reviews of group and team literature. Proposals were competitively reviewed for selection; each accepted proposal then went through the normal development, review and revision process. We are pleased to share the articles in this first Annual Review Issue:

A Review and Critique of Partner Effect Research in Small Groups by Jennifer Ervin and Joseph A. Bonito

Faultlines and Subgroups: A Meta-Review and Measurement Guide by Bertolt Meyer, Andreas Glenz, Mirko Antino, Ramón Rico, and Vicente González-Romá

A Conceptual Review of Emergent State Measurement: Current Problems, Future Solutions by Chris W. Coultas, Tripp Driskell, C. Shawn Burke, and Eduardo Salas

An Interactive Input–Process–Output Model of Social Influence in Decision-Making Groups by Charles Pavitt

Team Reflexivity as an Antidote to Team Information-Processing Failures by Michaéla C. Schippers, Amy C. Edmondson, and Michael A. West

You can read this issue free for the next 30 days by clicking here. Articles have been selected for the 2015 annual review issue. The call for papers for the 2016 Annual Review Issue can be found by clicking here.

Small Group Research, peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, is an international and interdisciplinary journal presenting research, theoretical advancements, and empirically supported applications with respect to all types of small groups. Small Group Research, a leader in the field, addresses and connects three vital areas of study: the psychology of small groups, communication within small groups, and organizational behavior of small groups.

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user-avatar-pic.phpAaron Brower, Co-Editor, has served as the provost and vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension since 2012. He is concurrently holding the post of Special Assistant to the UW System President for new educational strategies. Prior to his current posting, Brower served as the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Professor of Social Work, Integrated Liberal Studies, and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis also at UW-Madison.

thumbnail.phpJoann Keyton, Co-Editor, is Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. In addition to publications in scholarly journals and edited collections, she has published three textbooks for courses in group communication, research methods, and organizational culture in addition to co-editing an organizational communication case book. Keyton was editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Volumes 31-33, and the founding editor of Communication Currents, Volumes 1-5. She is a founder and vice-chair of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research.

SGSB-0044-Lindred_Greer-RT_2Lindy Greer, Associate Editor, is Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her work focuses on the impact of team composition on intragroup conflict and team performance. She has a particular interest in how teams are composed in terms of power, status, and leadership structures, and when and why particular forms of team composition may fuel power struggles and conflicts within organizational teams. Her research appears in academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Science.

Charles Samuelson, Associate Editor, is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor at Texas A and M University. His research interests include social dilemmas and management of common-pool resources, computer-mediated communication in work groups, conflict management in multi-party environmental disputes, and behavioral decision making. His work has appeared in such publications as The Oxford Handbook of Environmental and Conservation Psychology, Risk Analysis, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

meyerBertolt Meyer, Associate Editor, is a senior research associate in social and business psychology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He earned a PhD in organizational and social psychology and an MS in psychology from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. He conducts research and consults in the areas of team diversity, leadership, and quantitative methods.

Best Papers in Small Group Research

SGR_72ppiRGB_150pixwSmall Group Research addresses and connects three vital areas of study: the psychology of small groups, communication within small groups,and organizational behavior of small groups.

The winner of the 2011-2012 SGR Best Article of the Year Award was presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research to:

Siyuan Huang and Jonathon N. Cummings
When Critical Knowledge Is Most Critical: Centralization in Knowledge-Intensive Teams
Small Group Research, 2011

The 2011-2012 finalist was:

Andrew W. Ishak and Dawna I. Ballard
Time to Re-Group: A Typology and Nested Phase Model for Action Teams
Small Group Research, 2012

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The Top Five: Small Group Research

Managers and scholars interested in teamwork and team building, work groups, meeting success, and related topics will benefit from valuable findings in the five articles most read in the past month on Small Group Research. These articles—some new, some classic—are freely available to access using the links below through the end of March. Please share and enjoy!

Anthony T. Pescosolido and Richard Saavedra
Cohesion and Sports Teams: A Review
December 2012

SGR_72ppiRGB_150pixwEduardo Salas, Dana E. Sims, and C. Shawn Burke
Is there a “Big Five” in Teamwork?
October 2005

Simone Kauffeld and Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock
Meetings Matter: Effects of Team Meetings on Team and Organizational Success
April 2012

Tanja Hentschel, Meir Shemla, Jürgen Wegge, and Eric Kearney
Perceived Diversity and Team Functioning: The Role of Diversity Beliefs and Affect
February 2013

Cameron Klein, Deborah Diaz Granados, Eduardo Salas, Huy Le, C. Shawn Burke, Rebecca Lyons, and Gerald F. Goodwin
Does Team Building Work?
April 2009

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Call for Proposals: Small Group Research

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Small Group Research
2014 INAUGURAL REVIEW ISSUE

Aaron Brower, Co-Editor
Joann Keyton, Co-Editor
Richard Moreland, Associate Editor
Lindy Greer, Associate Editor

The editorial team of Small Group Research invites authors to submit proposals for the inaugural 2014 Review Issue. Articles for the Review Issue are high-impact scholarly surveys of important group and team research literatures. They summarize recent research, provide integration across SGR_72ppiRGB_150pixwdisciplines, and highlight important directions for future inquiries. The Review Issue is open to all areas of group and team research, including research methods and group-based learning activities. We are particularly interested in reviews that address critical turning points in the literature in terms of evolving theory and levels of analysis issues or improvements in methodological approaches.

Proposals should be submitted between April 1, 2013 and May 1, 2013 via the Small Group Research online submission portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sgr (please be sure to indicate that your submission is a Review Issue Proposal as the submission type).

Please note that manuscripts may not be submitted before April 1, 2013.

Proposals should be double-spaced and include no more than seven pages of text. References, tables, and appendices do not count in this page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review. Please do not send complete papers–if you have a draft of your paper, please note that in the proposal. Submissions will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria:

(a) Relevance. The proposed manuscript should thoroughly review a significant and important research area within the group and team literature.
(b) Integration across disciplines. The proposed manuscript should aim to integrate theory and research across the different disciplines that study groups. If the proposed review is limited to specific disciplines, identify this and explain why these disciplines are selected. Reviews of literature across disciplines are highly valued.
(c) Viability. The proposal should represent an achievable project within the tight time constraints required. More detail on the timeline is provided below.
(d) Organization and Coherence. The proposal should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and thoroughly represent the available research.
(e) Insight for Future Work. The proposal should convey important implications for future theoretical or methodological developments, or applications.

Review Issue Timeline:

1. April 1, 2013 through May 1, 2013 Proposals due to the Small Group Research online submission portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sgr. Be sure to indicate that your submission is a Review Issue Proposal in your cover letter.
2. September 15, 2013: Final decision on proposal and initial feedback provided to authors.
3. February 15, 2014: Full draft of paper due to Small Group Research.
4. April 15, 2014: Feedback to authors on full paper.
5. June 15, 2014: Final paper submitted to Small Group Research.
6. December, 2014: Publication of inaugural review issue of Small Group Research.

Call for Proposals: SGR Inaugural Review Issue

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Small Group Research
2014 INAUGURAL REVIEW ISSUE
Aaron Brower, Co-Editor
Joann Keyton, Co-Editor
Richard Moreland, Associate Editor
Lindy Greer, Associate Editor

The editorial team of Small Group Research invites authors to submit proposals for the inaugural 2014 Review Issue. Articles for the Review Issue are high-impact scholarly surveys of important group and team research literatures. They summarize recent research, provide integration across disciplines, and highlight important directions for future inquiries. The Review Issue is open to all areas of group and team research, including research methods and group-based learning activities. We are particularly interested in reviews that address critical turning points in the literature in terms of evolving theory and levels of analysis issues or improvements in methodological approaches.

Proposals should be submitted between April 1, 2013 and May 1, 2013 via the Small Group Research online submission portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sgr (please be sure to indicate that your submission is a Review Issue Proposal as the submission type).

Please note that we are not accepting manuscripts before April 1, 2013.

Proposals should be double-spaced and include no more than seven pages of text. References, tables, and appendices do not count in this page limit. All proposals will be subject to editorial review. Please do not send complete papers–if you have a draft of your paper, please note that in the proposal.

Submissions will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria:

(a) Relevance. The proposed manuscript should thoroughly review a significant and important research area within the group and team literature.
(b) Integration across disciplines. The proposed manuscript should aim to integrate theory and research across the different disciplines that study groups. If the proposed review is limited to specific disciplines, identify this and explain why these disciplines are selected. Reviews of literature across disciplines are highly valued.
(c) Viability. The proposal should represent an achievable project within the tight time constraints required. More detail on the timeline is provided below.
(d) Organization and Coherence. The proposal should follow a logical structure, read clearly, and thoroughly represent the available research.
(e) Insight for Future Work. The proposal should convey important implications for future theoretical or methodological developments, or applications.

Review Issue Timeline:

1. April 1, 2013 through May 1, 2013 Proposals due to the Small Group Research online submission portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sgr. Be sure to indicate that your submission is a Review Issue Proposal in your cover letter.
2. September 15, 2013: Final decision on proposal and initial feedback provided to authors.
3. February 15, 2014: Full draft of paper due to Small Group Research.
4. April 15, 2014: Feedback to authors on full paper.
5. June 15, 2014: Final paper submitted to Small Group Research.
6. December, 2014: Publication of inaugural review issue of Small Group Research