Amanda L Thayer

Amanda L Thayer
Florida Institute of Technology · School of Psychology

Ph.D., I/O Psychology

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Dr. Amanda L. Thayer has conducted lab- and field-based research for government agencies, the military, and industry, including the U.S. Army Research Institute, NASA, and nonprofit organizations. To date, she has secured $6 million in external funding. Her research is focused on measuring and optimizing teamwork processes (e.g., cohesion, trust, adaptation) and team performance, as well as team staffing, selection, and composition across a variety of contexts.

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As technology, globalization, changing work demands, and a growing reliance on teams are changing the work environment, the social complexity surrounding work functions is increasing dramatically. While a variety of socially-relevant KSAs have been examined, we argue that studying them in isolation is no longer sufficient, as individuals require a...
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Within team research, there is no shortage of literature classifying teams. However, the team taxonomic literature suffers from a few limitations. First, many taxonomies claim to classify teams into mutually exclusive classes, yet when examined closely, are not. Second, some of the most well-known taxonomies are descriptive of various tasks teams e...
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This article provides a systematic review of the team knowledge literature and guidance for further research. Recent research has called attention to the need for the improved study and understanding of team knowledge. Team knowledge refers to the higher level knowledge structures that emerge from the interactions of individual team members. We con...
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Teams are pervasive in today's world, and rightfully so as we need them. Drawing upon the existing extensive body of research surrounding the topic of teamwork, we delineate nine “critical considerations” that serve as a practical heuristic by which HR leaders can determine what is needed when they face situations involving teamwork. Our heuristic...
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Organizations have increasingly turned to the use of virtual teams (VTs) to tackle the complex nature of today’s organizational issues. To address these practical needs, VTs researchers from different disciplines have begun to amass a large literature. However, the changing workplace that is becoming so reliant on VTs comes with its own set of mana...
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Facilitating team innovation is paramount to promoting progress in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, as well as advancing national health, safety, prosperity, and welfare. However, innovation teams face a unique set of challenges due to the novelty and uncertainty that is core to the definition of innovation, as well as the par...
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The increased reliance on team-based structures within 21st century organizations has sparked a stream of research investigating the drivers of collaboration within and across multiteam systems (MTS), comprised of distinct, interdependent component teams. To date, MTS research tends to rely on the simplified—and potentially inaccurate—assumption th...
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Purpose - This chapter reviews the challenges associated with measuring and studying cohesion over time and provides guidance for addressing these issues in future research. Methodology/approach - We reviewed the team cohesion and team development literatures, including definitions and conceptualizations of cohesion as well as the seminal team deve...
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The purpose of this chapter is to summarize the theoretical and empirical research on global teams and synthesize useful recommendations for organizations seeking to compose global teams. First, we will discuss the characteristics that are likely to exist in what we refer to as global teams (e.g., distribution, multiple cultures, and time zone diff...
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In this commentary we argue that therapists commonly employ memory recovery methods such as guided imagery for sexual abuse victims, despite the fact that little empirical evidence exists to support their therapeutic benefits. Moreover, research on source monitoring and imagination inflation indicates that guided imagery may carry too many risks to...
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One of the main criteria believed to reflect the accuracy of an eyewitness account is the confidence with which it is relayed. Post identification feedback has been shown to inflate confidence in eyewitness identifications without influencing accuracy. It is argued here that efforts to remediate confidence inflation arising from postidentification...

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U.S. Army units are facing increasingly complex operational scenarios, including varied physical landscapes, modular units with increased levels of autonomy in decision making that will be expected to aggregate and disaggregate to meet operational needs, and other novel scenarios as the Army reorients itself toward a broader range of threats. To address these threats, Army leaders must have a better understanding of how to optimize human capital through team selection, staffing, and composition; have real-time methods of assessing teamwork and team performance in situ; and be able to manage coordination across units with varying structures, in a variety of contexts, and in light of events that impact team performance and potentially create the need for additional staffing decisions. To address these challenges, this cooperative agreement will lay the groundwork for the next generation of teams research by (1) designing, developing, and validating a core experimental paradigm and measurement and analysis data collection toolkit and (2) laying the foundations for the future of research on team selection, staffing, and composition decisions, accounting for multiple staffing scenarios and operational requirements.