George Mason University School of Business associate professor of management, Catherine Cramton, was one of three featured overseas academic experts invited to the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth for an October 5 researcher-practitioner exchange concerning best practices for effective knowledge management.
The conference invited only a small group of the best and brightest from the oil, gas, and minerals industries in four firms–Alcoa, WorleyParsons, Schlumberger, and Woodside–as well as a highly select group of top academic researchers from around the world in the fields of information technology, international strategic management, and organizational behavior. The purpose of the conference was to facilitate a dynamic exchange of practitioner best practices and leading academic research in the field of global knowledge transfer.
Dr. Cramton gave a talk titled "Knowledge Deployment Across Locations: Insights from Research and Practice" followed by a dialogue with James Grey, Global Knowledge Manager, Alcoa Worldwide Refining.
Cramton also served on the closing plenary panel with conference organizer Professor Cristina Gibson of UWA, Grey, and Colin McIvor of WorleyParsons. Other academic experts included Prof. Ann Majchzrak of University of Southern California and Prof. Henrik Bresman of INSEAD.
Professor Catherine Cramton received her PhD in organizational behavior from Yale University and her AB from Harvard University. Her research focuses on global work teams, and explores issues such as cross-cultural adaptation, cultural differences in coordination practices and meetings, information sharing, attribution, and language issues. In Fall 2008, Cramton was a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia, where she taught and conducted research. Cramton's research has been supported by numerous grants, most recently from the National Science Foundation.