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Catherine Durnell Cramton is an Associate Professor in the School of Management, George Mason University. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University, and her A.B. degree from Harvard University. Her research explores culture-specific coordination practices, cross-cultural adaptation, and subgroup dynamics, attribution and language issues in globally-distributed work teams. In Fall 2008, she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Mediterranean School of Business, Tunis, where she deepened her understanding of the Mediterranean Rim cultural, economic and political context. She also has taught courses in Finland and India. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Bechtel Foundation.
Recent papers include "An embedded model of cultural adaptation in global teams" and "Situated coworker familiarity: How site visits transform relationships among distributed workers," both with P. Hinds and both in press at Organization Science, and "Language as a lightning rod: Power contests, emotional regulation and subgroup dynamics in global teams" with P. Hinds and T. Neeley, which is in press at the Journal of International Business Studies. Other recent papers include "The meeting genre across cultures: Insights from German-American collaborations," (with T. Köhler and P. Hinds), which appeared in Small Group Research in 2012, "The (un)hidden turmoil of language in global collaboration" (with T. Neeley and P. Hinds), which appeared in Organizational Dynamics in 2012, and "Studying global work groups in the field" (with P. Hinds), which appeared in Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams, A. Hollingshead & M.S. Poole (eds.), in 2012. Earlier work includes "Situation invisibility and attribution in distributed collaborations" (with K. Orvis and J. Wilson), which appeared in the Journal of Management in 2007, "Subgroup dynamics in internationally distributed teams: Ethnocentrism or cross-national learning" (with P. Hinds), which appeared in Research in Organizational Behavior in 2005, "Relationships among geographic dispersion, team processes, and effectiveness in software development work teams" (with S. Webber), which appeared in the Journal of Business Research in 2005, and "Finding common ground in dispersed collaboration," which appeared in Organizational Dynamics in 2002.
Dr. Cramton's paper, "The mutual knowledge problem and its consequences for dispersed collaboration," (Organization Science, 2001), won the 2002 Best Published Paper Award, given by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems division of the Academy of Management. Professor Cramton's work also has been featured in Business Week Online.
Professor Cramton teaches in the areas of cross-cultural and global management, organizational behavior, and leadership. She was the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Contributions to Teaching award in the School of Management for her innovation in the classroom, contributions to the school's global mission, and teaching across all programs and levels. Students in her undergraduate and graduate classes have learned about culture and virtual work through partnerships with students at universities such as Johannes Kepler University (Austria), the University of Melbourne (Australia), the Turku School of Economics (Finland), Bocconi University (Italy), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Western Australia (Australia), and Niels Brock Business Academy (Denmark). Professor Cramton also has led graduate student residencies to Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Hungary, and Tunisia. She has published pedagogical articles in the Journal of Management Education and the Journal of Teaching in International Business.