Excited to be part of our next Graduate Student Meet & Greet at the George Washington University School of Business. At this event series, panels of graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff listen to a topical conversation between GWSB alumni and faculty scholars and then reflect on the discussion in small break out groups. This event’s conversation topic is “Dispelling Myths About Strategic Networking: Evidence from Theory and Practice,“ and I am teaming up with Christine Ayers, who is a partner and account leader in Guidehouse.
If networking is so important for our careers, why do we have mixed feelings about it, and why do we often find it difficult to do? In this workshop, we draw on both recent research and a wealth of practical experience to dispel common myths about networking and offer a step-by-step guide to strategic networking. We share insights on how to network smarter, not harder, by taking an investor’s perspective on networking.
For more information on this event, please see our website.
After more than two years, we finally made it back to Munich, Germany, and enjoyed family, friends, and German food there as well as soccer camp, (pool) time with the cousins, excursions to a chocolate factory, and climbing high up among the trees in in the Kletterpark Vaterstetten.
The 2021 summer swim season has just ended, and the kids were so happy to be back swimming for the South Riding Stingrays after a year hiatus because of the pandemic. Both Sophia & Max made it to Divisionals, and Max made MVP for the 9/10-year old boys and was honored as a Colonial Swimming League All Star for 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, and 100m individual medley!
Here’s a brief clip featuring the Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps vaccination site where I have helped out as a volunteer. Over 4,500 vaccinations a day for over 100,000 vaccinations since its inception!
Congratulations to Max and his team for winning their age bracket in the Capital Fall Classic soccer tournament in Richmond. Although I had to watch it on video due to COVID-19-related attendance restrictions–so proud of him finishing the season with this great win!
In this study, we develop a multi-level theoretical framework linking antecedents and outcomes of peer control, defined as team members at the same hierarchical level noticing and responding to their peers’ behaviour or performance. Analysing multi-level data from 356 volunteers and 58 regional teams in a non-profit organization, we examine top-down managerial controls as antecedents of lateral peer control, both directly (i.e., monitoring and responding directly to peers) and indirectly (i.e., gossiping about and avoiding underperforming peers), and peer control’s effects on individual- and team-level outcomes. In line with our predictions, we find formal managerial control and clan control to be antecedents of peer control, albeit with differential effects on direct and indirect peer control. We also find a significant association between peer control and both individual-level job satisfaction and team-level performance, but again, with crucial differences between the two types of peer controls and the two outcomes. Our study contributes to the development of a better theoretical understanding of peer control, sheds light on inconsistent findings across prior studies, provides novel insights into how team leaders can influence team members’ individual satisfaction and team-level performance via peer control, and reveals important trade-offs with regards to peer control’s influence on individual- and team-level outcomes.
Keywords: formal and informal (clan) control, job satisfaction, multi-level analysis, non-profit organizations, organizational control, peer control, team performance, volunteers
Congratulations to my hometown team Bayern Munich for winning last night’s Champions League final! Max had his own soccer game at kickoff time, but we watched a replay later and were thrilled to see them win their sixth title!