Team Hacking – the Psychology of Startup Teams

by Wendy Soon on March 8, 2016


Ever wished you could read the mind of your team members? Ever wondered how you could better understand your team mates so you could improve the efficiency of working together? You’re not alone. According to Wasserman, the reason 9 out of 10 startups fail is not because of a lousy product, but because of problems in the startup team. We need to learn how to identify existing or potential problems within our startup team, and resolve them as soon as possible. Come join us to learn from Lindred Greer how to Hack the startup team, and how to build the startup team.


Date: 17 March 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 7pm

Location: Mountain View, Ca (or online)

Register: HERE (HERE for online)


About the Speaker:

Lindred Greer is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University, and teaches the MBA program.  

Professor Greer’s work focuses on the impact of team composition on intragroup conflict and team performance. She has a particular interest in how teams, particularly early stage start-up teams, are composed in terms of power, status, and leadership structures, and when and why particular forms of team composition may fuel power struggles and conflicts. When investigating teams, she often adopts a multi-level theoretical approach in understanding how individuals within the same team may differentially experience team structures and processes. In carrying our her research, she employs a variety of methods, including field (ranging from survey to quasi-experimental studies), laboratory, and archival research. Her research appears in academic journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Science. She extends theory and research from social psychology on power to the study of teams, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. Her work has shown that power differences within and between teams are key determinants of team effectiveness.

Professor Greer is Associate Editor at the journal Small Group Research, and she is on the editorial boards at the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Professor Greer joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2013. She received her BS at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in Social and Organizational Psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

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