The “Innovate Against Time” grant is focused on identifying the antecedents of successful collaboration (e.g., leadership, communication, MTS emergent states) within globally distributed multiteam systems.

We are currently in our second semester of data collection. This semester’s multiteam systems are comprised of three globally distributed teams: a) one team of business students from the Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), b) one team of ecology students from George Mason University (GMU), Fairfax, VA, and c) one team of social psychology students from GMU.

As part of the data collection effort for this grant, Dorothy Carter, a PhD student from Northwestern is living and working in Grenoble, France. Dorothy is working to ensure that all aspects of the project which involve the GEM students run smoothly. For example, she is giving several presentations throughout the semester to the participating students at GEM regarding project deliverables and due dates, the use of virtual communication tools, and developing appropriate global collaboration skills. Throughout the project, she will be available to assist the GEM students (via email, office hours). In addition to her work with the current data collection, Dorothy will be working on multiple projects and publications while in France, many of which stem directly from the fall 2011 Innovation Against Time data collection efforts.

Click here to see Dorothy’s travel blog!