John Mathieu

Adventures in Solitude: Two Tales of Life in Isolation

WNPR– As social creatures we know that isolation can be emotionally difficult, but research shows that it can be psychologically damaging as well. So why then, would anyone live this way by choice? This hour, we hear two such cases of isolated living.

The first involves six scientists who lived in a dome on a secluded island for a year to simulate conditions settlers may one day find on Mars.

John Mathieu Honored as Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Management faculty members David Souder, Greg Reilly, John Mathieu, Gary Powell, Lucy Gilson, department head, and John Elliott, School of Business dean.
Management professor John Mathieu was honored as a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, the highest honor that the University bestows on faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service. Pictured are management faculty members David Souder, Greg Reilly, John Mathieu, Gary Powell, Lucy Gilson, department head, and John Elliott, School of Business dean. (UConn School of Business)

Alumna Margaret Luciano ’15 Ph.D. Wins Award for Rigor, Creativity

Margaret Luciano ’15 Ph.D. (Management), has added another honor to her long list of recognitions.

In September it was announced that her Ph.D. dissertation won the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s S. Rains Wallace Award, recognizing the best doctoral dissertation in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Continue Reading

‘Analytically Eloquent’ Dissertation

Alumna Margaret Luciano ’15 Ph.D. Continues to Win Recognition for Research

Margaret Luciano ’15 Ph.D. (management) was recently awarded the J. Richard Hackman Award for her Ph.D. dissertation. The award is given to a recent graduate whose work shows the greatest potential to advance the understanding of groups beyond one discipline.

Margaret Luciano ’15 Ph.D. (UConn School of Business)
Margaret Luciano ’15 Ph.D. (UConn School of Business)

Luciano’s dissertation, “Unpacking the Dynamics of Cross-Unit Coordination: A Multi-Level Quasi-Experimental Investigation,” studied 2,357 hospital-patient transfers between units over a 16-week period and investigated the implications for patient care.

She received the Hackman Award at the 2016 INGRoup conference in Helsinki, Finland in July. Her adviser, UConn Management Professor John Mathieu, was also in attendance.

At the award ceremony, Luciano’s dissertation was described as “theoretically sophisticated and interesting, methodologically rich and analytically eloquent.” Her research improved the work processes and quality of work life for hospital employees, improved patient quality of care and paid dividends to the hospital, the award committee concluded. “She not only advanced our science, but also our practice,” they said.

Luciano is now an assistant professor of management at Arizona State University.

John Mathieu Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Management Professor John Mathieu (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
Management Professor John Mathieu (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

Improving High-Stress Outcomes Drives Mathieu’s Research

Professor John Mathieu is the recipient of a national lifetime achievement award recognizing his exceptional research, teaching and mentoring in the field of group dynamics.

The Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups is given to an individual whose work has shown an enduring commitment to advancing the interdisciplinary science of team behavior, dynamics, and outcomes.Continue Reading

‘Resilient Astronauts’


School of Business Professor Uses Expertise in Teamwork To Help NASA Prepare ‘Resilient Astronauts’ to Travel to Mars

Management Professor John Mathieu, an expert in team dynamics, is helping NASA figure out the complexities of developing a socially compatible and resilient crew of astronauts to travel to Mars.

Consider the challenges: an international crew of up to six astronauts will contend with isolation from their families, cramped living quarters, and extensive boredom that is punctuated with life-threatening danger.

They will sleep, dine and work side-by-side with their colleagues for up to two years, and privacy will be minimal. To send a simple message to mission command, and receive a response, will take 45 minutes, thus requiring the crew to be largely autonomous.Continue Reading

Doctoral Student Margaret Luciano Wins Scholarships for Work on Employee Dynamics in Hospital Patient “Handoffs”

Margaret Luciano
Margaret Luciano

Margaret (“Maggie’’) Luciano, a doctoral candidate at the UConn School of Business, has been awarded two scholarships in recent months recognizing her achievements in the field of organizational behavior.

The Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship recognizes achievement in a graduate career and is intended to assist doctoral students in the field of industrial and organizational psychology with the costs of carrying out their dissertation work. She received the award in January.

It is the second recognition for Luciano, who, late last year also received an award from the Society for Human Resources Management for her dissertation proposal. She was selected as one of four promising researchers.

Her dissertation research focuses on understanding and improving cross-unit coordination between hospital units, and the dynamics between such groups.

She has investigated patient “handoffs’’ as they move from surgery to a recovery room. During baseline assessments, upwards of 20 percent of these handoffs were found to be lacking in one or more important ways, jeopardizing patient care.

“Margaret’s dissertation is a stellar example of cutting-edge applied research,’’ said John Mathieu, professor of management and Luciano’s adviser. “Conceptually, Margaret tests theoretical questions concerning the integration of employees’ individual differences and how they combine to perform interdependent actions. Practically, she devised and implemented a work process improvement which essentially orchestrated how different parties should function during these handoffs.’’

“Her dissertation represented a serious organizational change for the hospital, involving everyone from top management to the nurses and doctors performing the handoffs. Her field experiment revealed that her intervention reduced the percentage of problematic handoffs to approximately 4 to 5 percent—a 75 percent decrease from baseline,’’ Mathieu said.

Both the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) awarded her competitive research grants on the basis of her proposed work. The criteria for both awards are that the work should advance both the science of human behavior in organizations, while also advancing practice and human welfare, Mathieu said.

Her research on these and related topics has appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology and other peer-reviewed journals.

Luciano will join the management faculty at Arizona State University after completing her doctoral program at UConn. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology in 2009 and her MBA in 2010, both from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

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