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UNH's Whittemore School of Business and Economics Associate Professor to speak at GSC

Granite State College to Host Free Program:
Integrating Information and Making Effective Decisions in Teams

November 10, 2010 – 5:00 p.m.

This event will take place at the Granite State College in Rochester, NH and will feature Vanessa Druskat of the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Vanessa Druskat is an associate professor organizational management in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. She specializes in work team effectiveness, team leader effectiveness, the influence of emotional competence on team effectiveness and on leader effectiveness, and effective leadership in public school systems.

In this information age, organizations have come to realize that they can no longer rely on employees to have all the knowledge necessary to make quick, well-informed, and competitive decisions. Consequently, most of today’s organizations structure work around teams, which enable workers to share, discuss and integrate information, thereby increasing the speed with which informed decisions can be made while boosting employee learning. Research has long shown that, when there is no clear “right” or “wrong” answer, teams make significantly better and more innovative decisions that individuals do when working alone. Whether you are studying engineering, nursing, education, management, accounting, or any other field, you will find yourself working in teams. However, team decision making only works well when team members solicit information and ideas from every team member, listen to one another, and then build on or integrate ideas to make a decision. Although this may sound easy, it isn’t, as many of the behaviors that get in the way are either unconscious or outside one’s awareness.

This program was made possible by the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau which connects faculty and staff speakers with non-profit organizations to share the research and knowledge of the university with the people and communities of New Hampshire. For more information on obtaining a speaker for your organization, contact the UNH Speakers Bureau at (603) 862-4401 or on the web at

For more information on this event, contact Granite State College at (603) 559-9765or