Rapidly developing technology is breaking down geographic boundaries and issues such as global economic crises, terrorism threats, and environmental disasters are making multinational and multicultural collaboration a necessary reality. More and more of the work being done in today’s global organizations is being completed by teams, not individuals. While diversity in these teams often encourages new perspectives and innovative solutions, differences in cultural viewpoint can also lead to misunderstandings and interaction problems. The RIOT lab is pursuing research to improve relationships and interactions in a variety of collaborative team settings. Ultimately, the goal of our research is to understand and improve work team performance by improving the relationships and interactions within those teams. Current and upcoming projects include:
The RIOT lab likes to “practice what we preach” and follow a philosophy of shared team leadership. All team members are encouraged and empowered to take ownership over projects and activities that align with their interests, and to support each other as researchers and individuals.
RIOT lab, from left to right: Nick Rosemarino, Hairong Jiang, Kyi Phyu Nyein, Trevor Fry, Allyson Pagan, Vivian Liu, and Charlie Scott, with faculty advisor, Dr. Jessica Wildman, in front.