FSU presents Dr. Jonathon Cummings, “Geography is alive and well in virtual teams,” Nov. 4 


The Florida State University School of Library & Information Studies hosts a colloquium presentation by Dr. Jonathon Cummings of Duke University, “Geography is alive and well in virtual teams,” Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 206, Louis Shores Building. The presentation will be simulcast online and archived for future viewing (see Webcast, below).


Abstract: Geography is alive and well in virtual teams

Although members of a virtual team can work anywhere, the issue of geography is alive and well. Geographic distance and a lack of overlapping work hours impose a large coordination burden on a team. Research is beginning to suggest which circumstances generate the largest burdens and why they do. In this talk, Dr. Cummings discusses a recent research project on the time separation in virtual teams and its implications for the use of technology in distributed collaborations.


Bio: Jonathon Cummings

Jonathon Cummings is an Associate Professor of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. After completing his dissertation and post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent three years at the MIT Sloan School of Management as an Assistant Professor. His current research focuses on social networks and teams in corporations and science, and the role of knowledge sharing in work distributed across different geographic locations. His publications have appeared in journals ranging from Management Science to Research Policy to MIS Quarterly.



This presentation will be simulcast online as a:

·         Video at It will be archived for future viewing at

·         Elluminate session, which allows for interactivity, at

o   First time Elluminate users can prepare by visiting:

o   Elluminate sessions will be archived for future viewing at



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