Congratulations to Professor Contractor for the ICA Fellows Book Award presented at ICA2021!

Last Friday, Noshir Contractor’s book Theories of Communication Networks (co-authored with Peter Monge) was awarded the Fellows Book Award at the International Communications Association (ICA) 2021. This is the second awared the book received following its launched. Previously, the book received the Outstanding Book Award (2003) from the National Communication Association (Organizational Communication Division).

More information about the book and award can be found here: https://www.icahdq.org/blogpost/1523657/371174/Congratulations-2021-ICA-Award-Winners

 

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SONIC at the Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition

Congratulations to our wonderful undergrads, Ahan Sahu, Othman Fatima Muhammad, Rohil Bahl, and Selena Rita Suarez for their work at the Undergraduate Research & Arts Exposition! 🥳
Check out the expo here! and their work below:
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Noshir presents keynote at PLM Road Map & PDT Spring 2021

Describing how professionals can learn from NASA’s research on assembling a mission-critical team for space travel, Noshir Contractor recently presented a keynote titled “Designing and Keeping Great Teams. Lessons from Preparing for Mars. What Can PLM Professionals Learn from This?”

 

KEYNOTE: Designing and Keeping Great Teams. Lessons from Preparing for Mars. What Can PLM Professionals Learn from This?

Cooperation is critical in space, and NASA has identified important traits for successful teamwork in anticipation of an upcoming Mars expedition. To help assemble a team for the three-year mission, NASA is working with researchers to develop a predictive model of group performance, one which anticipates conflicts and communication breakdowns based on personality traits. PLM conference presentations often mention the dependency on technology, people, and processes for success, but mostly focus only on the technology. The introduction of disruptive technologies puts even more pressure on the people aspect. This presentation will share research findings on assembling a mission-critical team for space travel that might well apply to setting up your mission-critical team for a multi-year PLM implementation.

For more details, please refer to the agenda: https://www.cimdata.com/en/education/plm-conferences/plmrm-pdt-spring-2021/agenda

 

 

citation: 

Contractor, N. (May 20, 2021). Designing and Keeping Great Teams: Lessons from Preparing for Mars – What can PLM Professionals Learn from This? Keynote address at the PLM Road Map & PDT Spring 2021, Virtual.

 

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Call for Papers and Abstracts for our Workshop at the 13th ACM Web Science Conference

Call for Papers and Abstracts:  

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The Near Future of Work: Supporting Digital and Remote Collaboration in COVID and Beyond 

A Workshop at the 13th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci 2021) 

June 21st or June 22nd 

 

https://sites.northwestern.edu/nearfutureofwork2021 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided us an opportunity to participate in a global “beta-test” of web-only-based remote work. The workshop will reflect on the changing nature of work, identify factors that explain these changes, and how we can learn from the “new” normal to prepare for a better “next” normal. By doing so this workshop seeks to facilitate multidisciplinary dialog as well as theory and research examining challenges and opportunities stemming from digital and remote work on the Web. Topics relevant to this workshop include, but are not limited to: remote work, virtual teaming, enterprise social media (ESM), computer-supported cooperative work, digital platforms, human-AI teaming, work in the gig economy, crowdsourced labor, work-life balance in the digital age, the well-being of remote workers, and workplace communication technology. We especially welcome findings of remote work and digital collaboration that are relevant in the aftermath of COVID-19 (but not necessarily relying on COVID-19 related data). 

 

Important Dates:  

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  • Full papers – Submission deadline: April 23rd, Camera-ready papers: May 16th 
  • Abstracts for lightning talks – Submission deadline: May 17th  

 

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5 presentations at #SIOP21?!?! What a blast!

We had a blast presenting at The 36th Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference #SIOP21! Congratulations to our grad student Brennan Antone and lab director Noshir Contractor for a successful presentation and panel. We also want to give a HUGE SHOUTOUT to our colleagues Leslie DeChurch, Suzanne Bell, and all our team from ATLAS and Teams Lab — Great posters, presentations, and panel overall!

A complete list of our presentation’s citations can be found below: 
Antone, B., DeChurch, L.A., Morton, D., Bell, S., & Contractor, N. (2021, April 15-17). A Network-Based Method to Recommend Optimal Team Compositions for Space Exploration [Conference Presentation]The 36th Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference, Virtual.
Contractor, N. (2021, April 15-17). The Future of Team Composition: Robots, Cyber Teams and Decision-Support Systems [Panelist]. The 36th Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference, Virtual.
Contractor, N. (2021, April 15-17). Human–Agent Teams Will Revolutionize the Future of Work: Implications for Industrial-Organizational Psychology [Panelist]. The 36th Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference, Virtual.
Chackoria, J.J., Nyberg, B.B., Vasquez, M., Bell, S.T., DeChurch, L.A., Contractor, N., Gushin, V., & Vinokhodova, A. (2021, April 15-17). Perceived Similarity Predicts Viable Relationships and Team Performance [Poster Presentation]. The 36th Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference, Virtual.
Johnson, M., Gokhman, I., DeChurch, L.A., Bell, S.T., Contractor, N. (2021, April 15-17). Talking About Mars: Team Communication Dynamics and Decision Quality in Space Crews [Poster Presentation]. The 36th Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Annual Conference, Virtual.
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