Work with thought leaders and academic experts in teamwork

Companies can benefit from collaborating with academic researchers in Teamwork in several ways. These experts can provide valuable insights and research-backed strategies to optimize teamwork dynamics, enhance productivity, and improve overall team performance. They can conduct in-depth analyses of your team's strengths and weaknesses, identify areas for improvement, and recommend evidence-based interventions. Academic researchers can also help develop and implement effective training programs to enhance team communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. By collaborating with these experts, companies can gain a competitive edge, foster a positive work culture, and achieve long-term success.

Researchers on NotedSource with backgrounds in teamwork include Thomas O'Neill, Orin C. Davis, Ph.D., Madlen Simon, Bianca Trinkenreich, and Helene Klein.

Madlen Simon

Hyattsville, Maryland, United States of America
Professor of Architecture with expertise in design thinking for innovation and entrepreneurship, collaborating in diverse teams, architecture and neuroscience.
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Madlen Simon AIA is an experienced architect, researcher, educator, and scholar in the area of design - design thinking, design education, design of buildings, and the application of design to issues such as sustainability and community health. Professor Simon graduated from Princeton University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture. Professor Simon began her academic career in 1991, after 14 years practicing architecture in two world-renowned architecture firms, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Edward Larrabee Barnes Associates, as well as leading her own firm, Simon Design. Simon's broad experience in design practice ranges in scale from corporate campus master planning to product design, with a particular focus on residential architecture. At the University of Maryland, she is Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Professor Simon’s research and teaching centers on design thinking, the iterative process of integrating human experience into problem solving and finding innovative approaches to support how people use and interact with their environment. She has led dozens of community-based master planning and design projects funded by communities and non-profit organizations, and undertaken with graduate students and faculty colleagues, bridge between teaching, research, and practice, including “A New Vision for Midtown” for the College Park City-University Partnership and “Glen Echo Park Master Plan” for the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. She was co-Principal Investigator on WaterShed, the University of Maryland's first prize-winning entry into the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011. In 2015, Simon established ARCH601 *Topical Studio: Bridging the Gap*, a Global Classrooms Initiative course in collaboration with Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad, which was awarded *Architect Magazine’s* Studio Prize in 2019. Her recent research, in collaboration with Assistant Professor Ming Hu, combines an immersive virtual environment (VR) and electroencephalogram (EEG) as a promising tool to evaluate alternative options during the early design stage of a project. This work is funded by an AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant.

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Example teamwork projects

How can companies collaborate more effectively with researchers, experts, and thought leaders to make progress on teamwork?

Enhancing Cross-functional Collaboration

An academic researcher can analyze the existing collaboration processes between different departments within a company and identify barriers to effective cross-functional teamwork. They can then propose strategies and interventions to improve communication, coordination, and knowledge sharing among teams, leading to enhanced collaboration and streamlined workflows.

Building High-Performing Teams

By partnering with an academic researcher, companies can gain insights into the factors that contribute to high-performing teams. The researcher can assess team dynamics, individual strengths, and leadership styles to identify areas for improvement. They can then design interventions and provide training to enhance team cohesion, trust, and performance.

Optimizing Virtual Teamwork

In today's remote work environment, academic researchers can help companies optimize virtual teamwork. They can study the challenges faced by virtual teams, such as communication barriers and lack of social interaction, and propose strategies to overcome these obstacles. Researchers can also recommend tools and technologies to facilitate effective virtual collaboration and ensure team members feel connected and engaged.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Teams

Academic researchers can assist companies in promoting diversity and inclusion within their teams. They can conduct research on the benefits of diverse teams, identify biases and barriers to inclusion, and develop strategies to foster a more inclusive work environment. By collaborating with researchers, companies can create diverse teams that leverage different perspectives and experiences, leading to innovation and improved decision-making.

Measuring and Improving Team Performance

Academic researchers can help companies measure and improve team performance. They can develop assessment tools and metrics to evaluate team effectiveness, identify performance gaps, and provide recommendations for improvement. By leveraging research-based insights, companies can enhance team productivity, identify areas for skill development, and align team goals with organizational objectives.