The New Science of Building Great Teams: Analytics for Success
Complimentary Audio Webinar
Join MIT professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland to learn the science of building great teams
Managers have long believed that building high-performance teams is an art and not a science. But new research reveals a scientific approach to building great teams.
MIT's Human Performance Dynamics Laboratory has identified the specific factors that characterize high-performing teams. These factors are observable, quantifiable, and measurable.
On April 10, 2012, join Sandy Pentland, the Director of MIT's Human Performance Dynamics Laboratory, as he describes why high-performing teams are different. He will explain why patterns of communication are the key to great teams and will identify the specific elements of communication that most affect team performance.
Professor Pentland published his findings on the science of building great teams in the April 2012 issue of the Harvard Business Review. On April 10, 2012, Professor Pentland will lead an interactive HBR webinar to share the insights from his research and outline what companies can do to build better teams. He will also share the five defining characteristics of great teams, as well as the attributes of a great team member.
Don't leave the process of team building to chance. Join HBR on April 10 to discover an effective approach to building high-performance teams that is analytical, scientific, and based on how people communicate.
Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, and advises the World Economic Forum, Nissan Motor Corporation, and a variety of start-up firms. He has previously helped create and direct MIT's Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital's Center for Future Health.
Sandy is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, mobile computing, image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, the World Economic Forum, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features including Nova and Scientific American Frontiers. His most recent book is `Honest Signals,' published by MIT Press.
Over the years, Sandy has advised more than 50 PhD students. Almost half are now tenured faculty at leading institutions, with another one-quarter leading industry research groups and a final quarter founders of their own companies.
Sandy's research group and entrepreneurship program have spun off more than 30 companies to date, three of which are publicly listed and several that serve millions of poor in Africa and South Asia. Recent spin-offs have been featured in publications such as the Economist and the New York Times, as well as winning a variety of prizes from international development organizations.
Interesting experiences include winning the DARPA 40th Anniversary of the Internet Grand Challenge, dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.