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SIOP 2009 Master Collaboration Session

Insights on Teams at Work: Lessons From Collaborative Work on Team Development and Effectiveness

Linda Rhoades Shanock
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

At the 2009 SIOP conference there will be an exciting new session called Master Collaboration on Friday, April 3. This session blossomed from an idea of the SIOP Executive Committee and began to take shape as part of the Thursday Theme Track at the 2008 conference. The idea is to have a session involving a shared presentation that provides the state of practice and science on an important topic. The goal for a Master Collaboration session is to expose SIOP participants to synergistic science–practice collaboration by having a leading researcher and a leading practitioner not only give their separate perspectives but also discuss the overlap and interaction between science and practice on the topic.

This year’s Master Collaboration session will focus on team development and effectiveness. We have invited experts John Mathieu of the University of Connecticut and Scott Tannenbaum of the Group for Organizational Effectiveness (gOE), who have collaborated on this topic for many years, to conduct the session. Although teams are a mainstay of current organizations, Mathieu and Tannenbaum note that the practice of teamwork is often disconnected from the study of teamwork. They will highlight areas where practice and research on teams are well aligned, note instances where one is ahead of the other, and illustrate how researchers and practitioners can better collaborate.

I hope you will join us for what will clearly be a provocative session that provides us with an exciting opportunity to learn about a wonderful ongoing science–practice collaboration.

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