Bradford S. Bell is the William J. Conaty Professor of Strategic Human Resources and Director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) in the ILR School at Cornell University. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. Professor Bell’s research and teaching interests include talent management, team development and effectiveness, and virtual work. He is a former editor of Personnel Psychology and a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Uniting a workgroup to function optimally while some employees report in person and others are virtual or remote isn't exactly new, but this hybrid format — the adoption of which was accelerated by the pandemic — has become a mainstay in today's workplace. Managers and executives therefore need to redesign their team leadership models and work processes for a hybrid future.
In this course, you will examine many different types of hybrid work arrangements. You will define what a hybrid team is and assess the current state of your organization: How well is it functioning? Where is there room for improvement in communication, process, and norms? After identifying a desired state for your organization, you will select the most beneficial hybrid model for your team, explore the implications of various hybrid arrangements, and prepare to share your recommendations for your workgroup.
By the completion of the course, you'll come away with emerging best practices from Cornell research to make your hybrid workgroup as effective as it can possibly be.
Key Course Takeaways
- Define what makes a hybrid team and explore different examples
- Assess the current state of your organization
- Identify the desired state of your organization so that you can choose the right hybrid model for your unit
- Explore the implications of different hybrid arrangements
- Prepare to share the recommendations you'd like to make for your unit or workgroup
How It Works
Donna L. Haeger is a Professor of Practice in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. She teaches introductory and advanced spreadsheet modeling courses for applied decision making. These courses leverage Microsoft Excel as a business analytics tool. Prior to teaching at Cornell, Dr. Haeger taught courses in management theory, organizational behavior, and marketing. With over 20 years in industry, her corporate experience includes work in investments, banking, and corporate finance. Dr. Haeger is the business analytics concentration coordinator and chaired the task force responsible for launching the concentration. Her research interests are at the intersection of organizational behavior and digitization. Dr. Haeger explores technology in the workplace, leadership, teams, and management. Her contributions relate to influence and intergenerational exchanges in an effort to blend human systems. Dr. Haeger presents her research at the Academy of Management and other leadership associations. She also enjoys mentoring students interested in undergraduate research, especially when the products serve to better communities. Dr. Haeger currently sits on the board of directors for Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester, which specializes in spreading financial literacy to communities.
Theomary Karamanis is an international award-winning communication professor and consultant specializing in management and leadership communications, strategic communication, risk and crisis communication, and health communication. She is currently a Senior Lecturer of Management Communication at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Professor Karamanis also serves as the vice chair for the Global Communication Certification Council (GCCC), as a member of the Advisory Board of The Warning Project (a nonprofit international partnership devoted to emergency communications), and as a member of the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s Technical Advisory Committee on Communications
Professor Karamanis has an academic background that includes a Ph.D. in communication studies, a Master of Arts in mass communication, and a postgraduate certificate in telecommunications, all from Northwestern University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She also holds professional certifications as a Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP), adult trainer, online facilitator, and professional program instructor.
Who Should Enroll
- Individuals managing a team, including a hybrid team
- Individual contributors working in a hybrid environment
- Department, team, and unit leaders
- HR professionals
- Consultants and advisors