In the “what’s coming” category: Lauren Vicker and I are doing are first talk about our upcoming book, Making Team Projects Work. Here’s a teaser: Our instructor’s guide to running team projects
It’s arranged using the classic I-P-O model of group work. To make team projects successful, instructors need to properly design a task, form groups, and set the context. These are the inputs. Then, they need to manage the team project. This requires observing and checking in about team process. Finally, instructors need to examine task and social outputs – both of these are important to our students long-term success.
Published by Timothy Franz
Dr. Franz is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychologist at St. John Fisher College. In addition to his academic work, he also works as an organizational consultant through his independent consulting organization, Franz Consulting.
His topical areas of expertise include team leadership, individual and team decision making, improving team performance, and using teams to drive organizational change. Many of his ideas about improving teams are published in his book, titled Group Dynamics and Team Interventions. He is also an experienced applied researcher, specializing in conducting focus groups and individual interviews, designing custom surveys, analyzing employee and workplace data, and evaluating the effectiveness of training programs.
Prior to becoming a college professor, Dr. Franz worked for the Wyatt Company (now Towers-Watson), Buck Consultants and Custom Solutions, A London House Consulting Group.
Dr. Franz is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Erie Canal Applied Psychology Network. His scientific research has been published in premier journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his M.A. from the University at Buffalo.
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