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Kozlowski Steve Kozlowski
Primary Program: Organizational
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Research Statement

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Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Ph.D. is a Professor of Organizational Psychology at Michigan State University. His theory and research are focused on the design of active learning, simulation, and “synthetic experience” to develop adaptive skills; systems for enhancing team learning and team effectiveness; and the role of team leaders in shaping team development. The goal of his programmatic research is to generate actionable theory, research-based principles, and deployable tools to facilitate the development of adaptive individuals, teams, and organizations. Current research is supported by the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ; Medical Team Leadership Training), the Army Research Institute (ARI; Computational Modeling of Multi-Teams Systems), NASA (Team Dynamics). Prior research supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR; Team Collaborative Decision Making) is evolving into the ARI work. Previous research has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NWCTSD), among others. As an advisor, he is a former member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Human Systems Integration and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. Dr. Kozlowski is the Editor (and a former Associate Editor) for the Journal of Applied Psychology. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Human Factors, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He is also the Editor of the Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a volume in the Library of Psychology to be published by the Oxford University Press, and Series Editor for companion handbooks. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Kozlowski received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organizational psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Personal Statement

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Current Projects

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Related Research Websites
ARI Computational Modeling & Team Simulation Lab Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Dr. Georgia T. Chao, Dr. Michael Braun, Dr. James Grand, Dr. Goran Kuljanin, & Stanton Mak
This research is building on our prior work that developed a computational model (CM) / agent-based simulation (ABS) coupled with a synthetic team task simulation to examine how collective team-level knowledge emerges from the interaction of individual experts as they each acquire problem-relevant knowledge, share it, and then leverage it to make a series of decisions (funded by ONR). We are now extending our work to develop a much more flexible CM architecture to study team leadership structures, team processes (e.g., cohesion, cognition, performance), and team adaptability to internal and external shocks. The agent teams will allow us to conduct "virtual experiments" to identify promising ways to improve team leadership, processes, and effectiveness.
The NASA Lab - Studying Processes and Effectiveness in Lab, Field, and Astronaut Analog Teams Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Dr. Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang, Jessica Santoro Webb, Rory Dixon, Jeff Olenick, Simon Golden, Mike Morrison, Chris Dishop, & Joe Smith
The primary focus of our research is on understanding and assessing the dynamics of team functioning. The research is designed to improve team effectiveness for long duration space crews (funded by NASA, $1.2M; $110K; $1.2M; $100K). The research has multiple studies in progress organized around two primary foci. First, we are conducting several data collections of "analog" teams operating in isolated, confined, and extreme environments (i.e., the Antarctic and Mars mission simulations). These studies provide benchmark data on the dynamics of team functioning. Second, we are developing social interaction "badges" to capture team interaction dynamics in real time. Long term, the goal is to provide real time assessments of team functioning and to aid the team as needed to maintain effectiveness
Emergency Medical Teams Research Group Emergency Medical Teams: Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Dr. Georgia T. Chao & Dr. Rosemarie Fernandez (University of Washington), Dr. James A. Grand (University of Maryland), Simon Golden, Jessica Santoro Webb, & Rory Dixon
The Emergency Medical Teams research group is focused on bringing the science of team effectiveness to emergency medicine. Our team has developed an infrastructure capable of creating, manipulating, and assessing “synthetic” experiences. To this end, we have designed and tested event-based scenarios, behavioral measures, and data capturing techniques to utilize a high-fidelity patient simulator as an experimental research platform to study team processes and effectiveness. Our current research is focused on developing and evaluating team leader training. The research is funded by the Agency for Health Research Quality (AHRQ, $1M; another AHRQ $1M is starting in 2015)

Research Publications    
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