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46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Invited Paper Session #277
Building Effective Teams: An Interdisciplinary Task
Sunday, May 24, 2020
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Level M4, Liberty I-L
Area: CSS; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Thomas G. Szabo (Florida Institute of Technology)
CE Instructor: Thomas G. Szabo, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: NORA RANGEL (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico)

In terms of an interbehavioral point of view, Ribes (1990) proposed a conceptual formulation and a methodological approach to identify consistent modes of people interaction with different situations, distinguishing individuals. He suggested that these particular and idiosyncratic modes of interaction, denominated interactive styles, could be modulated by the imposed criteria in a particular situation. But it also seems feasible that the criteria compliance could be modulated by the individuals’ interactive style. While this asseveration has proved relevance in the context of individual task performance, we propose to transpose it to the teamwork level. Nowadays, most of the tasks demanded in educational, academic, and occupational contexts involve teamwork. However, teams do not always perform successfully even when members have the proper disciplinary knowledge and the required skills to achieve the assigned goal. In collaboration with Muñoz, Mejía, Peña & Torres, we conformed an interdisciplinary group interested in the identification of the factors that participate in the establishment of effective teams for software development. The result has been a model in which, besides the disciplinary knowledge and individual skills to achieve products of high quality, it is necessary to take into account the way in which each individual faces situations and how these interactive styles complement with the others. Additionally, we have considered that this model could be applied in other areas.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Students and people interested in building effective teams in applied contexts.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the three elements that conform the model for building effective teams; (2) list possible areas in which the proposed model can be applied; (3) list the advantages of using the concept of interactive style to refer to the consistent and idiosyncratic modes of an individual's interaction; (4) describe how this interactive styles could be affecting the interactions among the members of a team.
NORA RANGEL (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico)
Nora Rangel is a Research Professor at the Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones en Comportamiento (CEIC) at the University of Guadalajara since 2003. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, a master’s degree and a doctor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from University of Guadalajara, México in 2003 and 2008 respectively. From 2006 she joined as a teacher in the program of Behavioral Science at the University of Guadalajara. She has published a book, several chapters and research articles in national and international indexed journals, and she has presented her work in national and international forums. She is a member of the Mexican System of Researchers (SNI) since 2009, and her interests are the experimental analysis of social behavior and recently, the establishment of high-quality teams.



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