The Social Dynamics of Organizational Behavior: Meetings as a Gateway
Most of us work in some kind of team setting (e.g., Kozlowski & Ilgen, 2006), which means that most of our affective experiences and workplace behaviors are embedded in a social context and should be studied as they occur within social interaction processes. Meetings offer a unique and exciting opportunity to do so. About 11 million meetings take place during a typical work day in the United States alone (Newlund, 2012). This talk will highlight recent and ongoing research on team meeting processes, emergent team interaction patterns, and outcomes for both teams and organizations as a whole. Topics range from complaining cycles and emergent group mood to humor, creativity, and leadership processes within team meeting interactions.
Dr. Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational and Social Psychology from TU Braunschweig (Germany) and is currently an Assistant Professor Social and Organizational Psychology at VU University Amsterdam. She has published on dynamic behavioral team processes, meeting effectiveness, and multifoci workplace trust in academic outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Small Group Research, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Her consulting activities focus on team training and development, survey design, and organizational change processes.