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.

In addition, I have several project related to the measurement of TMS. The first of these was published in 2019 in Group Dynamics. You can find a pre-publication version of this paper here.

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.

Recent Research

Publicity photo for high school alumni newsletter.

Publicity photo for high school alumni newsletter.

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 Teams15, 209-243.

Grant Support

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 


Presentation at INGRoup 2016 in Helsinki Finland where Jonathan received the Best Student Paper Award for this paper.