Consortium Faculty

Dr. Mike Braun

Michael T. Braun, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Industrial/ Organizational Psychology program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests are in the areas of team knowledge building and decision making, team collaboration and effectiveness, longitudinal data analysis, and dynamic modeling. His work currently appears in Psychological Methods, Organizational Research Methods, and Behavior Research Methods. He currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Organizational Research Methods. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University (2006) and his M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) from Michigan State University.

Dr. Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor 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 a decade by major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation with additional current funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Air Force Office of Research Support, Army Research Institute, Army Research Laboratory and the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Contractor has published or presented over 250 research papers dealing with communicating and organizing. His book titled Theories of Communication Networks (co-authored with Professor Peter Monge and published by Oxford University Press) received the 2003 Book of the Year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He is the lead developer of C-IKNOW (Cyberinfrastructure for Inquiring Knowledge Networks On the Web), a socio-technical environment to understand and enable networks among communities, as well as Blanche, a software environment to simulate the dynamics of social networks.

Dr. Leslie DeChurch

Leslie DeChurch is Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include leadership and teamwork in organizations. She leads the Georgia Tech DELTA research group, conducting high-impact scientific projects that yield novel insights into effective organization with real-world impact. Some current questions include: what makes effective team leaders, how do teams successfully collaborate across boundaries, and how are leadership and team dynamics sustained in virtual organizations? Her research has appeared in top journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, & Practice, Small Group Research, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and the International Journal of Conflict Management, and she serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Small Group Research, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Army Research on the Social and Behavioral Sciences. In 2011 DeChurch was awarded an NSF CAREER award to study leadership in virtual organizations, and in 2012 she was awarded an NSF Research Coordination Network project (co-PI with Noshir Contractor) to leverage big data for the advancement of computational social science. She is currently working in the areas of leadership networks and multi team systems, and teaching Social Psychology and Social Networks. Professor DeChurch earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Miami, Coral Gables and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in Miami.

Dr. Steve Fiore

Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D., is faculty with the University of Central Florida's Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory at UCF's Institute for Simulation and Training. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Learning Research and Development Center. He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams. He is co-Editor of recent volumes on Macrocognition in Teams (2008), Distributed Learning (2007), Team Cognition (2004), and he has co-authored over 100 scholarly publications in the area of learning, memory, and problem solving at the individual and the group level. As Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator he has helped to secure and manage approximately $15 Million in research funding from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Andrea Hollingshead

Andrea B. Hollingshead is Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School of Communication, and has joint appointments with the Marshall School of Business and the Department of Psychology. Professor Hollingshead is an expert on collective intelligence and group decision making. Her research identifies the factors, processes, and practices that make some groups more effective than others. Much of this work has been supported by the National Science Foundation. She is the author of Groups Interacting with Technology (1994, with Joseph E. McGrath), Theories of Small Groups: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2005, edited with Marshall Scott Poole), and Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams: A Guide to Approaches, Tools and Technologies (2012, edited with Marshall Scott Poole.) Some of Professor Hollingshead's current projects include: a large descriptive study of online brand communities for the top 100 global brands; experiments investigating how people judge the credibility and expertise of contributors on Facebook and in other online communities; and field studies examining how collaborative crowdsourcing applications can be used to facilitate innovation and problem-solving in medical and other contexts. Professor Hollingshead joined Annenberg in 2005 after serving on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 12 years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Roger Leenders

Professor Roger Leenders is currently visiting the SONIC lab for the entire Spring Quarter (and a few weeks beyond). He is a professor of Intra-Organizational Networks at Tilburg University and prior served as a professor of Networks in Market and Product Innovation at the University of Groningen. He is also an asscoiate editor of Network Science at Cambridge University, a member of the board of Product Development and Management Association - The Netherlands (PDMA-NL), a member of the NWO-VENI committee, and as an affiliate of the SONIC Research Laboratory at Northwestern University. His research mainly focuses on the antecedents and consequences of networks in and of teams. A core research theme is the creativity of teams: what are the network drivers (and inhibitors) of the creative performance of teams. Professor Leenders has a M.Sc. in Econometrics and earned his Ph.D in Sociology at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory at the University of Groningen.

Dr. John Mathieu

John Mathieu is a Professor of Management at the University of Connecticut, and holds the Cizik Chair in Management at UConn. His primary areas of interest include models of team and multi-team effectiveness, leadership, training effectiveness, and cross-level models of organizational behavior. He has conducted work with several Fortune 500 companies, the armed services (i.e., Army, Navy, and Air Force), federal and state agencies (e.g., NRC, NASA, FAA, DOT), and numerous public and private organizations. Dr. Mathieu has over 100 publications, 200 presentations at national and international conferences, and has been a PI or Co-PI on over $8.5M in grants and contracts. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management. He serves on numerous editorial boards and has guest edited special volumes of top-level journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.

Dr. Scott Poole

Marshall Scott Poole is David and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Director of I-CHASS: The Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of Illinois. He is also a CCSS Fellow in the Organization Science Program at Vrije University in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His research interests include group and organizational communication, information and communication technologies, collaboration, organizational change and innovation, and theory construction. One of Scott's current research projects is the Virtual Worlds Exploratorium Project, a multi-university collaboration which investigates communication and behavior in massive multiplayer online games (MMOGs). Specific research within this project includes studies of team effectiveness, mentoring and learning and trust in MMOGs. Another of Scott's current research projects focuses on coordination of multi-team systems in emergency response organizations and on how communication and information technologies promote or inhibit effective response.

Dr. Christina Shalley

Christina Shalley is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received both her PhD in Business Administration and her MA in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Professor Shalley was a faculty member at the University of Arizona. She is a co-founder of the College of Management's BizLab, which brings together researchers from multiple business disciplines who study human behavior. Her current research interests include investigating the effects of various social and contextual factors on employees' creativity and examining ways to structure jobs and the work environment to support creative and innovative work. She has published several articles and chapters on enhancing the creative capabilities of employees and motivating them to perform more effectively. She is coeditor of the Handbook of Organizational Creativity. Chris teaches courses in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Research Methods, and Human Resource Management. She has won several teaching awards including the Bradley Family Award for Faculty Teaching Excellence at GT and Voted MBA Elective Professor of the Year at GT. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organizational Psychology Review, and Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Mo Wang

Mo Wang is a tenured Associated Professor and the Director of the Human Resource Research Center at the University of Florida. He specializes in the research areas of retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology, cross-cultural HR management, and advanced quantitative methodologies. He has received Early Career Contribution/Achievement Awards from the American Psychological Association (2013), Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2012), Academy of Management;s HR Division (2011) and Research Methods Division (2011), and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (2009). He is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Retirement and currently serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Psychology. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of six other academic journals.

Dr. Brooke Foucault Welles

Foucault Welles is an assistant professor in the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. Broadly, she is interested in how social networks shape and constrain behavior, with a particular emphasis on how new media change the role that networks play in our daily social interactions. Most recently, her research has examined how networks influence friendship selection in online games and virtual worlds, and how network structure influences the development of trust in computer-mediated groups. She is also interested in how network salience influences individuals' perceptions of the availability of social support, and how age influences behavior in online social networks. Professor Foucault teaches classes on research methods, social network analysis and children and media. Prior to joining the faculty at Northeastern University, Brooke earned her PhD from the department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She also holds BA and MS degrees in Communication Studies and Information Science, respectively, from Cornell University.

Dr. Anita Williams Woolley

Anita Williams Wooley is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. She has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, where she also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Her research and teaching interests include collaborative analysis and problem-solving in teams; online collaboration and collective intelligence; and managing multiple team memberships. Her research has been published in Science, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Small Group Research, and Research on Managing Groups and Teams, among others. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Institute, and private corporations. She has served on the editorial board for Organization Science and Small Group Research, and am a member of the Academy of Management, the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, and the Association for Psychological Science.