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1 1 Building networks, research teams, managing virtually Prof. Neal Ashkanasy And Prof. Victor Callan

2 2 Outline 1.Using conferences to your full advantage to build networks 2.Working effectively in research teams 3.Managing virtuality

3 3 Using conferences to their full advantage Do your homework Example - The Academy Web Site Membership forms Annual Meeting Programs Searchable membership list Information about Divisions and Interest Groups Submission of conference papers Journals – Information for authors – Electronic submission – On-line journals

4 4 25 Divisions of the Academy  Business Policy & Strategy  Careers  Conflict Management  Critical Management Theory  Entrepreneurship  Gender and Diversity in Organizations  Healthcare Management  Human Resources  International Management  Management Consulting  Management Education & Development  Management History  Management, Spirituality and Religion*  Managerial & Organizational Cognition  Operations Management  Organization Development & Change  Organization & Management Theory Organizational Behavior  Organizational Communication & Information Systems  Organizations & the Natural Environment  Public & Non-Profit  Research Methods  Social Issues in Management  Strategizing Activities and Practices*  Technology & Innovation Management *Interest group

5 5 Avoid getting lost at conferences Example of the US Academy Around delegates! How to avoid getting lost: – Social programs for those “in the know” – Stick with your ‘home’ division – Let your ‘fellow country’ people introduce you to their overseas colleagues – Be brave and say ‘hi’ to complete strangers

6 6 Look for the international dimensions Example of the US Academy 45% of Academy papers are international (not based in the USA) Activities of the International Themes Committee (ITC) International programs run by Divisions, especially IM

7 7 Seek out professional development workshops at conferences Workshops – e.g. “Cognition in the Rough” Research and methods training Consortia – Doctoral (New and senior) – New faculty – “Not so new” faculty Teaching

8 8 Seek to get up a symposium US Academy example Four types of Symposium – Single Division Symposia – Multiple (up to 3) Division Symposia – “All Academy” Symposia* – “Showcase” Symposia* *Special category Approx. 67% acceptance “Panel” format or 3-5 papers Not blind-reviewed

9 9 Be on the regular program Give a paper Set up special interest discussions or round table discussion groups Or attend and ask good questions at these Ask good questions from the audience As for business cards and follow up Talk to people between sessions, coffee, at social events (miss sessions to have private meetings)

10 10 Paper tips for getting noticed and accepted US Academy as an example Papers may be theory/review or empirical Must be well written and fully copy-edited Significance of contribution must be clear All papers must be logically sound Empirical papers must be methodologically strong Make papers available on conference, personal or other web sites

11 11 Volunteer to serve on a program committee On-line sign-up 3-5 papers and/or symposia to review, (Depends on size of division, size of program committee, and number of submissions) Available to serve as session chair or discussant Advantages – Exposure to submissions – Networking

12 12 Volunteer to be a reviewer Meet the turn-around deadline Provide detailed and insightful reviews Remind the chair of a session/interest group of your efforts in doing a review, and future interest Use doing reviews as a learning experience but do not be too generous – it is OK to say no

13 13 Activity 1.Think about a situation where you were a member of a high performing research team 2.What happened to achieve this outcome? 3.How did you feel and the other(s) feel about this experience? 4.What advice would you give others towards building a high performing research team?

14 14 Positives of being on a research team 1.Allows you to learn more about a research area quickly 2.Teams bring different expertise together 3.Brings together the power or each other’s networks to the advantage of the team and its individuals 4.You become more productive 5.To get tenure/promoted it is expected that you can show you can work in a team

15 15 Negatives of being on a research team 1.Diversity brings conflict 2.Researchers are not good at managing conflict or showing their disappointment in others 3.Teams can take a long time to be productive 4.There is always social loafing 5.Differences of opinions about the best locations to send the work for review (their favoured journals or yours) 6.At their worst dysfunctional teams can lead to cases of research misconduct

16 16 Lack of support for research team leaders 1.Expectations for research success are escalating, but with little support to increase the required outcomes 2.Research leaders are not formally inducted into their roles 3.Research team leaders are vulnerable to shifts in their context and funding for their research 4.PhD graduates are not well-prepared in the areas of team skills, grant seeking and project management, let alone leadership capabilities 5.There is little understanding or infrastructure to support the development of research leadership capabilities 16

17 17 Develop a reputation as someone that people like to work with Developing an effective working relationship requires that you know the needs, strengths and weaknesses, and personal styles of your colleagues – spend time together on the project and socially Try to set a team charter Allocate roles, accountabilities and deadlines It is OK to express annoyance at team members Do not forget that they are human It is OK to form new teams without members of the old teams Research teams: Helpful hintsof the relationship

18 18 Conclusion …

19 19 Thank You!


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