Anna T. Mayo

PhD Candidate, Organizational Behavior & Theory

Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests

  • Organizational teamwork
  • Team coordination of resources
  • Dynamic teams
  • Healthcare teams
  • Collective intelligence

Research Overview

Using both lab- and field-based research, I study organizational teamwork. I am particularly interested in how teams coordinate and use available resources such as knowledge, expertise, and the team members themselves. In one stream of research, I explore resource use in teams that have fairly stable and clearly bounded membership. I have examined, for example, how a team’s ability to use its resources effectively relates to its collective intelligence, communication patterns, and both cognitive and social diversity. In my dissertation work, I study how teams with temporary and fluctuating membership (dynamic teams) are able to manage those dynamic conditions, rather than be hindered by them, to make use of all available resources and work effectively.

Dissertation committee: Anita Woolley (chair), Linda Argote, Brandy Aven, Amy Edmondson, & Christoph Riedl

I use a variety of methods in my research, including lab and field experiments, surveys, analyses of archival data, and qualitative methods.

My field work has been in the context of healthcare teams, financial-sales teams, and product-development teams working in a professional graduate program.

For additional details, see my Research and Publications page and my full CV.

Background

Before joining the Tepper School of Business, I received my B.A. in Psychology from Denison University, magna cum laude, with a minor in Economics and focus in Organizational Studies. I also have several years of experience working for a startup in the human-services nonprofit sector in Washington, D.C.