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Scott Tannenbaum: The Science of Teamwork – What Really Drives Team Effectiveness

  • NYU Wasserman Center 133 East 13th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Metro is excited to announce the organization's first event of the year! Below is a description of the event as well as our presenter's bio.


Event Description:

You are almost certainly a member of a team (maybe more than one), and perhaps you serve as a team leader. Hopefully you’ve been on a few high-performing teams but it’s also likely that you’ve experienced your share of “less effective” ones. So why do some teams thrive while others struggle?

There are many well-intended opinions about teamwork, but not all of them are helpful and some are misguided. Fortunately, there is a growing body of scientific research (much of it conducted by applied psychologists) that is starting to reveal what really drives (and hinders) team effectiveness – what Dr. Tannenbaum refers to as the “science of teamwork.”

During this talk, Scott will describe what the research can now tell us about teamwork. While doing so, he’ll share observations from his work with corporate, military, medical, and even aerospace teams; provide evidence-based insights and practical tips; and recommend a simple technique shown to consistently boost team performance.

Presenter Bio:

Scott I. Tannenbaum is President of the Group for Organizational Effectiveness (gOE), a consulting and research firm he co-founded in 1987. Under his leadership, gOE has provided research, advice, tools, and workshops at over 500 organizations globally, including more than 75 Fortune and Global 100 companies.

For the last 30 years, Scott and his colleagues have worked with all types of teams, including corporate teams – such as senior leadership, finance, manufacturing, sales, project, engineering, and technology teams. They’ve supported many medical and military teams, as well as more “extreme” teams, going up in planes with Smoke Jumpers, out on cruise ships after the Costa Concordia incident, down in coal mines, and out on oil rigs in the North Sea. Recently they’ve been studying deep sea saturation dive teams and aerospace crews to help NASA prepare for future space missions.

Dr. Tannenbaum has over 150 publications and professional presentations as well as books on knowledge management, HR technologies, and team effectiveness, including Developing and Enhancing Teamwork in Organizations: Evidence-based Best Practices. His research has been cited over 14,000 times and has received 5 research and teaching awards. He was named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP), and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). He received SIOP’s Distinguished Professional Contributions Award for lifetime achievements.

Formerly a tenured professor in the business school at the University at Albany in New York, he holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.