My research interests include: collaboration in groups and teams, transactive memory systems (TMS), geographically distributed teams and employee turnover.
In my current research stream, I have examined the influence of the structure of group's communication on their outcomes. In summary, I found that when members were more equivalently connected to the group, they had stronger feelings of team membership which allowed them to have better performance. I plan to expand these laboratory findings to the field examining both groups' communication structure and the content of their communication.
I also have a series of projects related to increasing next-of-kin organ and tissue donation through the use of behavioral nudges. Sridhar Tayur, Brandy Aven, and myself have implemented field experiments in 3 states thus far. This work has been a useful opportunity to investigate new research methods and to do work that has direct and important policy relevance.
Kush, J. (2019). Conceptual and measurement issues for transactive memory systems: The indicators of TMS. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/gdn0000097
Argote, L., Aven, B., & Kush, J. (2018). The effects of communication networks and turnover on transactive memory and group performance. Organization Science 29(2), 191. doi: 10.1287/orsc.2017.1176
Kush, J., Williamson, C., & Argote, L. (2012). Challenges and opportunities for group learning and group learning researchers. Research on Managing Groups and Teams, 15, 209-243.
Consultant for “Tasks and Transitions: An Investigation of Transactive Memory Systems in Teams Performing MultiTask Activities” (Army Research Office: W911NF-16-1-0005)
Co-writer with Linda Argote and Brandy Aven for: “Social Networks, Transactive Memory and Team Performance: An Experimental Investigation” (NSF: 1459963)
Best Student Paper Award (INGRoup Conference 2016, Helsinki)
Herbert Simon Dissertation Award