Our Faculty

Theresa Lant

Associate Professor
Director

Lubin School of Business

Management and Management Science

Location
  • @Westchester
    Goldstein Academic Center 110
Office Hours
Pleasantville

Education


PhD , Stanford University , Stanford, California , 1987
Organizational Behavior

AB , University of Michigan , Ann Arbor, Michigan , 1981
Speech Communication and Theater

Awards and Honors

  • National Science Foundation, July 1, 2013 - Grant
  • Pace University, 2011
  • Pace University, 2011

Publications


, ., Lant, T. K. & , . Fostering Innovation in Interdisciplinary Science Teams: The Role of Intergroup Leadership.. Journal of Organizational Behavior .

Lant, T. K. & Salazar, M. BRIDGES: Building Resources through Integrating Disciplines for Group Effectiveness in Science.

, ., , . & Lant, T. K. Entrepreneurial Storytelling, Future Expectations, and the Paradox of Legitimacy. Organization Science. Vol 25 (Issue 5) , pages pp. 1479–1492.

, . & Lant, T. K. (2014, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Be Careful What You Wish For: The effect of issue interpretation on social choices in professional networks. Organization Science. Vol Volume 25 (Issue Issue 2, March-April 2014,) , pages pp. 401-419. http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2013.0840

Lant, T. K. (2013, June). Social Construction Theory. Eric Kessler (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Management Theory. Sage.

Salazar, M. & Lant, T. K. (2012, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Integrative Capacity: A New Perspective for Understanding Interdisciplinary Team Processes and Outcomes. Small Group Research. Vol 43 (Issue 5) , pages 527- 558. http://DOI: 10.1177/1046496412453622 sgr.sagepub.com

Salazar, M. R., Lant, T. K. & Kane, A. (2011, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). To Join or Not to Join: An Investigation of Individual Facilitators and Inhibitors of Medical Faculty Participation in Interdisciplinary Research Teams. Clinical and Translational Science Journal. Vol 4 (Issue 4) , pages 274-278. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00321.x/full

Salazar, M. & Lant, T. K. Organizational innovation through the creation of interdisciplinary science teams: A tri-motor theory of generative mechanisms,'. Academy Of Management Journal.

Salazar, M. & Lant, T. University Technology Manager: Translating Scientific Understanding to Commercial Understanding.

Lant, T., Pastore, J. & Land, M. Formulating an Integrated Approach to Applied Environmental Studies in Business School Settings: A Case Study,. Academy of Management Learning & Education.

PRESENTATIONS


Lant, T. K. & Salazar, M. Academy of Management Meetings. Strategic Change in a Pluralistic Knowledge Based Organization: Forming New Creative Collectives. Academy of Management, Boston

Lant, T. K. & Salazar, M. (2015, June). Science of Team Science conference. Knowledge Integration, Goal Commitment and Innovation in Interdisciplinary Medical Research Teams: The Role of Leaders. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MA

Lant, T. K. & Salazar, M. (2015, June). Science of Team Science conference. Measuring Integrative Capacity in Interdisciplinary Teams: Scale Development and Testing. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MA

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research

Lant, T. K. & Salazar, M. (2013, July 1). BRIDGES: Building Resources Through Integrating Disciplines for Group Effectiveness in Science.
National Science Foundation , Federal , $193,540.00 . Funded,Solving society's most complex problems requires the successful integration of aspects from two or more diverse disciplinary areas. When solving a problem requires drawing upon and integrating insights from several disciplinary perspectives, it is critical that disciplinary-diverse science teams have the capability to perform this function. In light of the various challenges that have long been associated with interdisciplinary collaboration we propose that a team's integrative capacity (IC) – the capability that is sustained through an interactive system linking social, psychological, and cognitive team processes and emergent states – can provide them with the resources needed to succeed in inter and transdisciplinary scientific endeavors. Given the reliance of society on these science teams for advancement in key areas such as medicine, education, and energy, the development of theoretical and practical knowledge about how to build and maintain integrative capacity in these teams working across diverse areas is imperative. This proposal outlines a 2-year research initiative to investigate how the development of a team's integrative capacity and subsequent knowledge outcomes are impacted by: (1) boundary-spanning leadership behaviors and (2) communication structuring interventions. We also explore how exposure to these interventions can nurture team members' intellectual orientation, the enduring values, beliefs, skills, and behaviors that support collaboration with teammates having diverse disciplinary backgrounds. During the first year, the research team will develop and pilot test two distinct programs of instruction, one focused on promoting boundary-spanning leadership behaviors and the other aimed at improving the structure and flow of communication in diverse interdisciplinary science teams. The content of this program of instruction and its influence on team IC and performance, along with shifts in TD intellectual orientation, will be measured using digital technology to assess its utility rapidly and accurately. In year 2, 40+ interdisciplinary science teams across several US medical research centers will be randomly assigned to participate in one or both of these programs of instruction. Over a three-month period, the efficacy of the program of instruction will be assessed to ensure validity, reliability and generalizability. Training videos, digital team and individual assessment tools, and web-based educational modules established to cultivate and assess IC and TD intellectual orientation will also be developed. Together, evidence-based tools can serve as aids that science teams and team members can use to self-monitor, guide, and modify their processes and behaviors throughout their endeavors to enhance performance. Intellectual Merit The proposed project will address critical gaps in the research literature on enhancing performance of teams characterized by disciplinary and knowledge diversity. The proposed empirical study would test and refine the theoretical constructs of integrative capacity and transdisciplinary intellectual orientation. The research fills a vital gap within the literature by both developing measures of these constructs and empirically testing the theoretical propositions linking integrative capacity (Salazar, Lant, Fiore, & Salas, in press) and TD intellectual orientation (Stokols, 2012) to the creation of new knowledge in disciplinary diverse teams. The results from this research will advance our understanding of the factors that facilitate success in interdisciplinary scientific endeavors. Broader Impact This research contributes to NSF goals of providing concrete and practical knowledge that can help teams to successfully overcome the challenges associated with interdisciplinary collaboration. First, this study sheds light on how leader and communication interventions can enhance a team's integrative capacity and team members' TD intellectual orientation, both of which can support teams working across boundaries to generate new solutions to complex problems. Second, training material and digital metrics developed in this research can be leveraged to foster improved scientific collaboration in teams beyond those included in our study. Taken together, the insights garnered from this research on the role of integrative capacity and TD intellectual orientation can foster improved autonomous functioning and more scientific breakthroughs in interdisciplinary teams. Findings will be published in psychology, medical, practitioner-oriented and management journals to disseminate insights from this research.

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Westchester County Business Journal [Newspaper], September 2012
    Interviewed about the Arts and Entertainment Management program, following press release

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • INFORMS 1986
  • Academy of Mangement 1985
  • European Group on Organization Studies (EGOS) 2005

COLLEGE SERVICE

  • Academic Standards [Committee Member]
    Desc: see narrative
  • Project Pleasantville [Committee Member]
  • LFC - Faculty Scholarship [Committee Chair]

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Pace PLV Communicaiton Committee [Committee Member]
  • IRB Committee [Committee Member]
  • Academic Initiatives Council of the Pace Academy Executive Committee [Grant Proposal Reviewer, Internal]
    Desc: see narrative
  • Setters Leadership Program Advisory Board [Committee Member]
    Desc: see narrative
  • Strategic Planning Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: 2015-20 planning committee
  • Mock Senate Hearing, Pace Academy, Lubin team [Faculty Advisor]
    Desc: Supervised Lubin student team participating in the Clean Water Act Mock Senate Hearing for Pace Academy
  • Pleasantville Academic Identity Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Assisted Chairperson Richard Kraus in setting up Blackboard community and maintaining the site by uploading documents, etc.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Report to the Provost
  • Pleasantville Academic Identity Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: see narrative

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • Arc Stages [Board Member]
    Desc: Board President, Educational Stage
  • Little Village Playhouse [Other Community Service Activities]
    Desc: Member - Board of Directors
    LVP is a not-for-profit youth theater and educational organization
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