Participants A-G

image001Luís  A. Nunes Amaral is professor of chemical and biological engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Amaral conducts and directs research that provides insight into the emergence, evolution, and stability of complex systems. This research — featured in numerous media sources both in the United States and abroad — aims to address some of the most pressing challenges facing human societies and the world’s ecosystems, including the mitigation of errors in health care settings, the characterization of conditions fostering innovation and creativity, and the growth limits imposed by sustainability. Recipient of a CAREER award from the National Institutes of Health, Amaral was named to the 2006 class of Distinguished Young Scholars in Medical Research by the Keck Foundation and has been selected as an Earlier Career Scientist by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


image002Raquel Asencio is a PhD student in the IO Psychology program at Georgia Tech, and currently involved in several major grants and projects on teams and multiteam systems. She is interested in systems of science teams, inter-disciplinary teams, and distributed teams, as well as the emergent properties and processes that enable the success of these collectives. She is currently working on countervailing forces in multiteam systems. For example, what happens to the processes at one level of analysis, when processes at another level of analysis take precedent? Her research relies heavily on social network analysis (SNA) and more recently, digital trace data.


image003Prasad Balkundi is an associate professor of management in the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include social networks and leadership in teams and his work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and Journal of Applied Psychology.


image004Ethan Bernstein is an Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School, focused on topics related to collaboration, learning, design thinking, and organizational performance. In his current research, Professor Bernstein examines how, and under what conditions, privacy makes groups more productive–and, more specifically, how the sharing of information across and within boundaries affects learning, innovation, and organizational performance. In a world obsessed with transparency, his findings suggest that boundaries may sometimes provide unanticipated benefits and be an underutilized managerial performance lever. Put differently, attention matters for performance, and boundaries can be strategically important in directing it.


image005Michael T. Braun, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial/ Organizational Psychology program at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  His research interests are in the areas of team knowledge building and decision making, team collaboration and effectiveness, team leadership, longitudinal data analysis, and dynamic modeling.  His work currently appears in Psychological Methods, Organizational Research Methods, and Behavior Research Methods.  He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Organizational Research Methods and as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Multivariate Behavioral Research.  He received his B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University (2006) and his M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) from Michigan State University.


 image007Ron Burt is the Hobart W. Williams Professor of Sociology and Strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, worked as Vice President of Strategic Learning at Raytheon Company and as professor at the University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, INSEAD, and University of Chicago.  His research describes how social networks create advantage (  Recent examples are a book on advantage spillover, Neighbor Networks (2010, Oxford), an analysis of personality affecting advantage (2012 Am. J. Sociol.), and a review of network advantage (2013 Ann. Rev. Psychol.).


image009Dorothy R. Carter is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology graduate student working with Dr. Leslie DeChurch at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dorothy’s research focuses on understanding leadership as a collective phenomenon in teams and larger collectives. In particular, she integrates social network analytic techniques and collective leadership theories to better understand drivers and optimal patterns of distributed leadership. She has been a lead graduate student on multiple large-scale nationally funded projects focused on understanding the functioning of complex globally distributed systems. Her work has appeared in outlets such as The Oxford Handbook of Leadership and The Leadership Quarterly.


image010Joshua Clark is a third year Ph.D student at the University of Southern California. His primary area of research is the social nature of online games. Josh has written on trust, distrust, criminality and information diffusion as expressed within various virtual worlds such as EVE Online, Team Fortress Two and League of Legends. His primary methodological interests lie at the intersection between social network analysis and machine learning, with a focus on a fusion between the two fields.


image012Noshir 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.


image013Jonathon Cummings is an Associate Professor of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. After completing his dissertation and post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent three years at the MIT Sloan School of Management as an Assistant Professor. His subsequent research has focused on virtual teams in corporations as well as collaboration in science, and his publications have appeared in outlets across a number of fields, including Organizational Behavior (e.g., Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review), Information Systems (e.g., MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research), Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., CHI, CSCW, CACM), and Science Policy (e.g., Social Studies of Science, Research Policy).


image014Leslie DeChurch is Associate Professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is the Director of the DELTA (Developing Effective Leaders, Teams, and Alliances) laboratory. Professor DeChurch is a leading scholar in the area of teams and leadership, and was an originator of research on multiteam systems (MTSs). Multiteam systems theory explains the dynamics and performance of complex multilevel systems of teams in settings ranging from scientific innovation to disaster response to military engagement. Professor DeChurch serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied PsychologySmall Group Research, the Journal of Occupation and Organizational Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology; she is a member of the boards of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) and the Science of Team Science (SciTS). Professor DeChurch is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award examining leadership in virtual organizations, and she is co-PI (with Noshir Contractor) on a NSF Research Coordination Network grant to build community that will advance social scientists’  ability to leverage big, broad, and digital data to understand social phenomena. Her research on teamwork and leadership has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Institute for the Social and Behavioral Sciences for the past 7 years. Professor DeChurch is co-editor of, “Multiteam systems: An organizational form for dynamic and complex environments”, and dozens of articles in top journals including Journal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesJournal of Management, and Leadership Quarterly.


image015Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School, where she has taught since 1996. Edmondson’s research examines the social and psychological dimensions of learning and innovation in organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles.  Her book, Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate, and compete in the knowledge economy, was published by Jossey-Bass in April, 2012.  In the early eighties she was Chief Engineer for R. Buckminster Fuller, and and her book, A Fuller Explanation, clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for anon-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.


image016Janet Fulk is Professor of Communications in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and Professor of Management and Organization the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.  Her research centers on social aspects of knowledge and distributed intelligence, enterprise social networking, nongovernmental organization networks, and dynamics of online communities.  Current projects examine social dynamics in Threadless, factors leading to post-funding success of Kickstarter projects, motivations and social capital in enterprise social networking in private industry, and the evolution of the social networking site organizational form.  She is a Fellow of The Academy of Management and of the International Communication Association, and she holds lifetime achievement awards from The Academy of Management.


image017Heidi K Gardner, PhD researches, teaches and speaks on topics related to leadership, collaboration and teamwork in complex, knowledge-based, high autonomy organizations.  She is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School.   Her current research analyses the benefits and costs to firms and individuals of working collaboratively. Heidi has published articles in Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management JournalHarvard Business Review and elsewhere. Heidi has lived and worked on four continents, including as a consultant with McKinsey & Co and as a Fulbright fellow.  She earned a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a PhD from London Business School.


 GoodwinGerald F. Goodwin is Chief, Foundational Science Research Unit at the U. S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI). In addition to overseeing ARI’s basic research program, he is responsible for research teams focused on emerging and developing concepts within the applied research program including assessment of unit command climate and unit resilience, assessment of cross-cultural competence, and assessing and developing unit cohesion. Dr. Goodwin received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA), and APA Division 19 (Military Psychology.


image019Kristen Guth is a second year PhD student at Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.  Her research integrates organizational communication, the Internet, and new and emerging technologies.  She has researched with the Youth and Media Project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.  Kristen’s work has been presented at the conferences of the National Communication Association, International Network for Social Network Analysis Sunbelt, and the Association of Internet Researchers.  Prior to her graduate studies, Kristen worked as a journalist in New York and as a public relations professional in Washington, DC.