Forming and Strengthening Teams for Distributed Work

Effective and diverse teams can accomplish great things. However, forming and sustaining successful teams can be difficult, especially for distributed short-term work. Our research explores how we might form and strengthen small-group interactions through the concept of team dating, where people interact on brief tasks before working with a dedicated partner for longer, more complex tasks. We have conducted studies that show the efficacy of this approach and created tools to enable team dating in online and co-located settings like classrooms. Undergraduate or masters students who would like to get involved in developing tools to support team formation and group work, please email your resume and a short description of your research experience to Steven Dow.