We are continuously engaged in a multi-pronged research program in order to advance the science of distributed work and enhance the predictive power of our assessments, thereby augmenting the impact of our consulting services. See below for our focal areas of research and our productivity in the peer-reviewed world of psychological and organizational science:

Personality and Distributed Worker Effectiveness

The following papers consider various topics including engagement, performance, satisfaction, and cyberslacking in distributed work environments.  Note that our position on cyberslacking is that we don’t believe it is an obstacle to the implementation of distributed work; rather, we believe that knowing about one’s propensity and installing the strategies and tools to effectively self-manage is most important.


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Strategies for Effective Distributed Teams

The first publication provides empirical evidence for the role of technology in the decision-making effectiveness of distributed teams. The second publication reviews the scientific literature on distributed team effectiveness and extracts from that a series of recommended strategies to ensure success.


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  • 2014 – O’Neill, T. A., Hancock, S., Larson, N., Law, S. J. & Zivkov, K.

    How virtuality and task demonstrability affect decision-making teams.
    Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

  • 2010 – O’Neill, T. A., & Kline, T. J. B.

    Virtual teams: Difficult groups across all factors of process, context, and structure.
    In S. Schuman (Ed.), The handbook for working with difficult groups: How they are difficult, why they are difficult, what you can do (pp. 189-206). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Leadership in Distributed Environments

These publications provide evidence regarding the role of leadership as an enabler of distributed team effectiveness. The research uses mixed methods involving interviews with leaders, lab research, and critical literature reviews, all of which point to the critical role of leaders for the success of distributed teams.


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