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Lisa's research interests include communication and virtuality in teams, using both behavioral as well as survey data. Lisa's current projects focus on virtual teamwork and telecommuting.
The digital change in society and economy is also an important topic for our research. The change from an industrial age to a digital age that promotes knowledge and creativity also concerns humans (at their workplace). Therefore, our research investigates questions concerning change and transformation processes: Which digitization competences are important? How should competences, motivation and new behavior be implemented in human resource development? How can a change in organizational culture can be successful? Which evidence-based interventions can be used by teams in order work together virtually, collaboratively, self-regulated and innovatively?
Most of today’s work takes place in teams. In our research, we are interested in the behaviour of teams, the diagnosis of teams and the subsequent team development measures. We frequently use the Questionnaire for Working in Teams (Fragebogen zur Arbeit im Team; F-A-T, Kauffeld, 2004) for diagnostic purposes. We further use process analyses to shed light on interaction processes in teams based on objective, behavioural data and analyse these data with the act4teams® coding scheme. Many leaders’ everyday life is characterised by demanding communication tasks, such as chairing meetings, leading appraisal interviews or feedback. In our research, we address how leadership, conceptualised as a social influence process, takes effect in communication. We don’t look at leaders as independent individuals, but focus on the interaction processes between leaders and followers. For example, we investigate the influence of leadership in appraisal interviews and team meetings. Furthermore, we research how leadership can be shared in teams.
Whereas studies have analysed the appropriation of leaner media over time (e.g., Carlson & Smud, 1999; Valkenburg, Peter & Walther, 2016; Walther, 1992), to our knowledge, few to none have directly compared communication behaviour between different media on the same task. Furthermore, while a number of studies have dedicated themselves to predict media preference and perception on the basis of individual and contextual factors, there appears to be a lack of those linking these to actual communication behaviour under media use. Our study hence aims to contribute to the existing body of literature on virtual teams and media use by focusing on differences in actual communication behaviour, in structure as well as content. Furthermore, we would like to analyse the link between media use, intercultural and individual factors as well as intra-team dynamics. We plan to perform our experiment not only with homogenous German and Australian, but also culturally mixed teams. While there have been a range of field studies focusing on teams defined by temporal, spatial, and cultural differences, we do not know of any experiments which encompass these factors as well as specifically analyzing the team interaction process and communication content. Moreover, the mixed design will also contribute to literature by providing insights into intercultural student groups and implications for the implementation of intercultural seminars.