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Cramton, Catherine D.

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Professor
Phone:703-993-1814
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 218
Office Hours:By appointment
Research Interests:
  • Cultural differences in coordination practices, particularly in engineering contexts
  • Cross-cultural adaptation in global teams
  • Cultural differences in meeting processes
  • Language issues in global teams
  • Information sharing and attribution in global teams
Teaching Interests:
  • Cross-cultural and global management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Leadership
  • Team dynamics
  • Interpersonal relations
Education:
  • PhD - Organizational Behavior, Yale University
  • AB, Harvard University
Profile:

Catherine Durnell Cramton is a professor in the School of Business. She received her PhD in organizational behavior from Yale University and her AB from Harvard University.

Cramton’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Bechtel Foundation, and appears in journals such as Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Organizational Dynamics, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Research, Academy of Management Proceedings, Academy of Management Executive, and the Journal of Computer Information Systems.

Research and Awards:

Published the chapter titled “Insights for Culture and Psychology from the Study of Distributed Work Teams” in Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology Vol 6 in 2016 by the publisher Oxford University Press.

Presented the paper titled, “Culture as Dynamic System or Static Entity: Implications for Global Team Building” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Presented the paper titled, “Cultural Coordination Scripts: Theory and Illustrations” at an invited presentation at Libera Università Internatzionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in Rome, Italy in 2014.

Had the presentation titled “In the Flow, Being Heard, and Having Opportunities: Sources of Power and Power Dynamics in Global Teams” published in the proceedings from Computer Supported Cooperative Work (with coauthors Pamela Hinds, and Daniela Retelny) in 2014.

Received an Honorable Mention from the Association for Computing Machinery in 2015. Only 3% of submitted papers and 14% of accepted papers were awarded this honor, determined by a dedicated review committee.

Had the presentation titled “An Embedded Model of Cultural Adaptation in Global Teams” (with coauthor Pamela Hinds), published in the proceedings from Organization Science in 2014.

Published an article titled, “An Embedded Model of Cultural Adaptation in Global Teams” (coauthored with Pamela Hinds) in Organization Science in 2014.

Published an article titled, “Situated Coworker Familiarity: How Site Visits Transform Relationships Among Distributed Workers” (with coauthor Pamela Hinds), in Organization Science in 2014.

Published an article titled, “Language is a Lightning Rod: Power Contests, Emotion Regulation, and Subgroup Dynamics in Global Teams” (with coauthors Pamela Hinds and Tsedal Neeley) in the Journal of International Business Studies in 2014.

Published an article titled “Situated Coworker Familiarity: How Site Visits Transform Relationships among Distributed Workers,” in Organization Science in 2014.

Published an article titled “Language as a Lightning Rod:  Power Contests, Emotion Regulation, and Subgroup Dynamics in Global Teams” in the Journal of International Business Studies in 2014.

Published an article titled "An Embedded Model of Cultural Adaptation in Global Teams,” in Organization Science in 2014.

Presented the paper titled “Using Cultural Scripts To Understand Coordination Breakdowns in Global Teams” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in 2012 (with coauthor Tine Koehler).

Presented the paper titled “Designing and Conducting Large Intercultural Research Projects” at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Massachusetts in 2012 (with coauthor Tine Koehler).

Presented the paper titled “Cultural Coordination Scripts in Global Engineering Teams” (with coauthors T. Koehler & R Levitt) at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX in 2011.

Published an article titled, “The Meeting Genre Across Cultures: Insights From Three German-American Collaborations” (with coauthors) in Small Group Research in 2012.

Published the chapter titled “Studying Global Work Groups in the Field” in Research Methods for Studying Groups: A Behind-the-Scenes Guide in 2012 by the publisher Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Published an article titled, “The (Un)Hidden Turmoil of Language in Global Collaboration” (with coauthors) in Organizational Dynamics in 2012.

Presented the paper titled “The Meeting Genre Across Cultures: Insights From Three German-American Collaborations” at the DC Metro Area Teams Research Conference in Arlington, Virginia in 2011.

Presented the paper titled “Writing Research Proposals for the US National Science Foundation” at the Department of Management & Marketing, University of Melbourne, Australia in Melbourne, Australia. 

Presented the paper titled “The Meeting Genre Across Cultures: Insights From Three German-American Collaborations” at the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research Conference in Arlington, Virginia, at the Department of Communications, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and at the Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Awarded the Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award for the Class of 2011 from George Mason University School of Business.

Presented the paper titled “The Dialectical Struggle to Resolve Cross National Differences in Distributed Teams” at the American Psychological Association Convention in San Diego, California.

Presented the paper titled “A Cross-Site Thread: The Struggle to Resolve Cross-National Differences in Globally Distributed Teams” at the Academy of Management in Chicago, Illinois. The paper was also published in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Cramton presented the paper titled “Using Personal Application Assignments for Student Evaluation” at the monthly pedagogical workshop at the Department of Management and Marketing in Melbourne, Australia- VIC.