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Cronin, Matthew A.

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Associate Professor
Phone:703-993-1783
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 216
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Increasing creativity through collaboration
  • The mechanics of insight in problem solving
  • How interpersonal factors (in particular, respect) influence collaboration
  • Negotiation and integrative bargaining
  • Dynamic decision making and learning
Teaching Interests:
  • Negotiations
Education:
  • PhD - Organizational Behavior, Carnegie Mellon University
  • MA - Developmental Psychology, Columbia University
  • BA - Psychology, Rutgers University
Profile:
Matthew A. Cronin is an associate professor of management at George Mason University. He received his PhD in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Cronin's research seeks to understand how collaboration can help produce creative ideas, and what it takes to then bring these ideas to fruition. Innovation begins with a creative idea or notion, and so one stream of Cronin's research focuses on the generation of creative ideas, especially how people come to discover useful interactions. Once produced, creative ideas require instantiation in the task environment. Thus the second stream of Cronin's research explores the process by which innovative ideas are accepted and implemented by others.
Research and Awards:

Tinsley, C. H., Dillon, R. L., & Cronin, M. A. (forthcoming) How near miss events amplify or attenuate risky decision making. Forthcoming at Management Science

Cronin, M. A. & Bendersky, C. (forthcoming). The supply chain for producing quality organizational knowledge. Forthcomin in Organizational Psychology Review

Cronin, M. A., Weingart, L. R., Todorova, G. (2011). Dynamics in Groups: Are we there yet?. In J. P. Walsh & A. P. Brief (Eds.) The Academy of Management Annals, Vol 5. (pp. 571-612) Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis

Cronin, M. A. & Klimoski, R. (2011) Broadening the View of What Constitutes ‘‘Evidence.’’ Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 4, 57–61.

FACULTY ACCOLADES

Had his paper titled, “Why Don’t Educated Adults Understand Accumulation?” honored as #5 on the list of Top 10 Most Cited Papers Since 2009 in the SCOPUS report to Elsevier publishers.

Was nominated for the George Mason University OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award in 2014.

Presented the paper titled “Validating Team Level Constructs” (with Richard Klimoski) at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Presented the paper titled “Guiding Change in the Field of Management Science” (with Richard Klimoski) at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas in 2011.

Tinsley, C. H., Dillon, R. L., & Cronin, M. A. (forthcoming) How near miss events amplify or attenuate risky decision making. Forthcoming at Management Science

Cronin, M. A. & Bendersky, C. (forthcoming). The supply chain for producing quality organizational knowledge. Forthcomin in Organizational Psychology Review

Cronin, M. A., Weingart, L. R., Todorova, G. (2011). Dynamics in Groups: Are we there yet?. In J. P. Walsh & A. P. Brief (Eds.) The Academy of Management Annals, Vol 5. (pp. 571-612) Philadelphia, PA: Taylor & Francis

Cronin, M. A. & Klimoski, R. (2011) Broadening the View of What Constitutes ‘‘Evidence.’’ Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 4, 57–61.

Cronin, M. A., Bezrukova, K., Weingart, L. R., & Tinsley, C. (2010) Subgroups within teams: The Role of Cognitive and Affective States. Journal of Organizational Behavior

Weingart, L. R., Todorova, G., & Cronin, M. A. (2010) Task Conflict, Problem Solving, and Yielding:   Effects on Cognition and Performance in Functionally Diverse Innovation Teams. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 3, 312-337. Recipient of the 2010 Best Published Paper Award for the NCMR Journal

Dillon, R. L.; Tinsley, C.H., & Cronin M.A. (2011) Why Near-Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual’s Protective Response to Hurricanes. Risk Analysis. Recipient of the 2011 Best Published Paper Award for the Risk Analsysis Journal

Weingart, L. R. & Cronin, M. A. (2010). Teams Research in the 21st Century: A Case for Theory Consolidation, In E. Salas, Goodwin, J., & Burke, C. S. (Eds).  Team Effectiveness in Complex Organizations and Systems:  Cross-disciplinary perspectives.  (pp. 509-524). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.

Mueller, J. S., & Cronin, M. A. (2009). How Relational Processes Support Team Creativity. In E. A. Mannix, M. A. Neale, & J. A. Goncalo (Eds.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Creativity in Groups, Vol. 12 (pp. 291-310). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Weingart, L. R., Todorova, G., & Cronin, M. A. (2008) Represenational gaps, team integration and team creativity: The mediating roles of conflict and coordination, Academy of Management Proceedings

Cronin, M. A., Gonzalez, C. & Sterman, J. D. (2008) Difficulties Understanding System Dynamics: A Challenge to Researchers, Educators, and Citizens. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 108, 116-130

Cronin, M. A. & Weingart, L. R. (2007) The differential effects of trust and respect on team conflict. In L. Thompson and K. J. Behfar Conflict in Teams. (pp. 205-228) Evansont, IL: NU Press

Cronin, M. A. & Weingart, L. R. (2007) Representational gaps, information processing, and conflict in functionally diverse teams. Academy of Management Review, 32, 761-773

Cronin, M. A. & Gonzalez, C. (2007) Understanding the Building Blocks of Dynamic Systems  System Dynamics Review, 23, 1-17

Wilson, J. M., Goodman, P. G. & Cronin, M. A. (2007) Group Learning. Academy of Management Review, 32, 1041-1059

Cronin, M. A. (2006) A strategy for improving insight at work. Academy of Management Proceedings

Weingart, L. R., Cronin, M. A., Houser, C. J. S., Cagan, J., & Vogel, C. M. (2005). Functional Diversity and Conflict in Cross-Functional Product Development Teams: Considering representational gaps and task characteristics.. In L. L. Neider, & C. Schreishman (Eds.), Research in Management, Vol. 4, (pp. 89-110), Greenwich, CT:IAP.

Cronin, M. A. (2004) A computational model of insight Complexity, 9, 17-24.

Wienstock, M. & Cronin, M. A. (2003) The everyday production of knowledge: Individual differences in epistemological understanding and juror reasoning skill. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 17, 161-181.

Kraut, R. E., Sunder, S., Morris, J., Telang, R., Filer, D., & Cronin, M.  (2002). Markets for attention: Will postage for email help? Proceedings, Computer Supported Cooperative Work. New York: Association of Computing Machinery.