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Eric Sundstrom

Eric SundstromEric Sundstrom
Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Utah (1973)

Phone: (865) 974-4780

Key words: Organizational psychology. Work team effectiveness. Group performance. Personality. Workplace collaboration. Industry-university cooperation.

Research Interests

Workplace team effectiveness; personality & satisfaction; industry-university cooperation .

Research Statement

I have three related research interests in applied in organizational psychology. My main focus, workplace team effectiveness, has involved both empirical studies and reviews of published research. Recent field studies examined team composition and performance in military teams and citizenship behavior and performance in service and production teams. I am working now on an integrative review of 21st Century meta-analyses (statistical compilations of empirical findings) on factors in group effectiveness. A second, continuing research interest, personality and satisfaction, has lately involved a new study of personality traits associated with career satisfaction in an occupational group in a cross-section of industries, training and development professionals. Third, my interest in industry-university-government research cooperation has involved case studies of group dynamics and longevity of multi-university cooperative research centers.

  • Charter Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Evaluator, National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program
  • Tennessee Associates (1991-1994)
  • Martin Marietta Energy Systems (1994)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (1995-2000) [co-Inv]

Sundstrom, E., Winston, F. K., Arbogast, K. & Bolte, J. (2013). Impacts for social-value stakeholders in industry-university-government cooperation: Case study of CChIPS' impact on child injury prevention. Proceedings, Triple Helix XI: International Conference on University-Business-Government Co-innovation. London, 7-10 July 2013.

Nielsen, T. M., Bachrach, D. C., Sundstrom, E. & Halfhill, T. R. (2012). Utility of OCB: Organizational citizenship behavior and group performance in a resource allocation framework. Journal of Management, 38(2), 573-598. doi: 10.1177/0149206309356326.

Gray, D. O., Sundstrom, E., Tornatzky, L., & McGowen, L. (2011). When triple helix unravels: A multi-case analysis of failures in industry-university cooperative research centers. Industry & Higher Education, 25(5), 333-345. doi: 10.5367/ihe.2011.0057

Sundstrom, E. (2011). Tall steps, slippery slopes, and learning curves in the behavioral economics of mergers and acquisitions. Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 12(2), 99-105.

Sundstrom, E. & Gray, D. O. (2010). Fostering team science: Innovative leadership practices in NSF industry / university cooperative research centers. Proceedings: Triple Helix VIII Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Gray, D. O. & Sundstrom, E. (2010). Multi-level evaluation of cooperative research centers: Bridging between the Triple Helix and the science of team science. Industry & Higher Education 24 (3), 211-217.

Sundstrom, E. (2009). Work places: The psychology of the physical environment in offices and factories. New York: Cambridge University Press. (ISBN 978-0-521-26545-4) [1986 edition re-issued]

Halfhill, T. R., Nielsen, T. M., & Sundstrom, E. (2008). The ASA framework: Group personality composition and performance in military action teams. Small Group Research, 39(5), 616-635.

Halfhill, T. R., Nielsen, T. M., Sundstrom, E., & Weilbaecher, A. (2005). Group personality composition and performance in military service teams. Military Psychology, 17(1), 39-53.

Halfhill, T. R., Sundstrom, E., Lahner, J., Calderone, W., & Nielsen, T. M. (2005). Group personality composition and group effectiveness: An integrative review of empirical research. Small Group Research (1), 83-105.

Lounsbury, J. W., Welsh, D. P., Gibson, L. W., & Sundstrom, E. (2005). Broad and narrow personality traits in relation to cognitive ability in adolescents. Personality & Individual Differences, 38, 1009-1019.

Sundstrom, E. & Seat, E. (2004). Group performance. In M. J. Stahl (ed.) Encyclopedia of Health Care Management (pp. 231-233). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sundstrom, E. & Seat, E. (2004). Team-based compensation. In M. J. Stahl (ed.) Encyclopedia of Health Care Management (pp. 551-553). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Lounsbury, J. W., Gibson, L. W., Steel, R. P., Sundstrom, E. D. & Loveland, J. L. (2004). An investigation of intelligence and personality in relation to career satisfaction. Personality & Individual Differences, 37(1), 181-189.

Lounsbury, J. W., Park, S. H., Sundstrom, E., Williamson, J., & Pemberton, A. (2004). Personality, career satisfaction, and life satisfaction: Test of a directional model. Journal of Career Assessment, 12, 395-406.

Lounsbury, J. W., Steel, R. P., Sundstrom, E. D., & Gibson, L. W. (2004) An investigation of personality traits in relation to adolescent school absenteeism. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 33(5), 457-466.

Lounsbury, J. W., Gibson, L. W., Sundstrom, E., Wilburn, D., & Loveland, J. (2003). An empirical investigation of the proposition that "School is work": A comparison of personality-performance correlations in school and work settings. Journal of Education and Work, 17, 119-131.

Lounsbury, J. W., Loveland, J. M., Sundstrom, E. D., Gibson, L. W., Drost, A. W. & Hamrick, F. L. (2003). An investigation of personality traits in relation to career satisfaction. Journal of Career Assessment, 11(3), 287-307.  doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2003.08.001

Lounsbury, J. W., Sundstrom, E., Loveland, J. M., & Gibson, L W., (2003). Intelligence, "Big Five" personality traits, and work drive as predictors of course grade. Personality and Individual Differences, 35, 1231-1239.

Lounsbury, J. W., Tatum, H., Gibson, L. W., Park, S. H., Sundstrom, E. D., Hamrick, F. L., & Wilburn, D. (2003). The development of a Big Five adolescent personality scale. Psychoeducational Assessment, 21, 111-133.

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