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Langfred, Claus

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Associate Professor and Academic Director of MBA, EMBA and MSM
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 207
Office Hours:By appointment
Research Interests:
  • Autonomy and self-management in teams
  • Team design and performance
  • Intra-team Trust
  • Conflict management
  • Individual autonomy
  • PhD - Organizational Behavior , Northwestern University
  • MS - Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University
  • BS - Business Administration, Washington University

Claus W. Langfred is an associate professor of management. He received his PhD in organization behavior from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University in 1998, and spent numerous years working at the Olin School of Business at Washington University before joining the School of Business at George Mason University.

Langfred is extremely curious about the design and performance of teams, and his research has focused primarily on understanding the complex relationships between team design, dynamics and performance. This includes not only how team design can affect team dynamics, but also how team dynamics can affect team design. As such, this research is particularly relevant to self-managing and autonomous teams.

He has published research on the allocation of autonomy within teams, the effects of cohesiveness and norms, the interplay between autonomy and trust, as well as the effects of trust and conflict on team design. This research has appeared in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Management, Small Group Research, and others.