Anthony T. (Terry) Cobb is an Associate Professor of Management at Virginia Tech. Dr. Cobb has researched and taught in the areas of organizational behavior, organizational change and development, organizational skills and applications, organizational politics, organizational theory, and in management. He has over fifteen years experience teaching Project Management, and has received the MBA Faculty Service Award from the Pamplin College of Business. Dr. Cobb has served on the Executive Board of the Southern Management Association and on the editorial board of the Journal of Management Inquiry. He has also served as Department Head for the Department of Management at Virginia Tech. Dr. Cobb’s has published his work in a variety of scholarly and professional outlets including such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Group and Organization Studies, Consultation, Human Relations, Human Resource Management, the Human Resource Development Quarterly, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Dr. Cobb’s work has been translated into German, Italian, and Chinese.
Daniel Levi is a Professor in the Psychology and Human Development Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in environmental psychology from the University of Arizona. He teaches classes in group dynamics and in social, environmental, and organizational psychology. In addition, he teaches classes in teamwork and the psychology of technological change in courses primarily for engineering students at Cal Poly. He has conducted research and worked as a consultant with factory and engineering teams for companies such as Nortel Networks, TRW, Hewlett-Packard, and Philips Electronics. In addition, he has researched international team project related to concurrent engineering.
Dr. Levi's research and consulting with factory teams primarily has focused on the use of teams to support technological change and the adoption of just-in-time and quality programs. This work examined a variety of team issues including job redesign, training, compensation, supervision, and change management approaches. His work with professional teams primarily has been done with engineering design teams. These projects examined the use of concurrent engineering, self-management, and the globalization of teams. The topics of this work included the impact of information technology on teams, faciliation and training needs for professional teams, and the impacts of organizational culture and leadership.
Early work on the present book was sponsored by an engineering education grant from NASA. This project focused on the development of teamwork skills in engineering students working on multidisciplinary projects.
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