student profile: Ms Mandy Lacy Lacy


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Group memory at team meetings - the catalyst for knowledge building and team learning

Supervisors: Peter REIMANN , Wayne COTTON

Thesis abstract:

More meetings are happening in the workplace. Meetings have increased in length and frequency over the past 50 years, to the point where executives spend an average of nearly 23 hours a week in them, up from less than 10 hours in the 1960s (Rogelberg, Scott and Kello, 2007).

As well as the increased number of meetings, leadership teams worldwide grapple with the complexities of change and the loss of group memory and group knowledge. Meeting processes often fail to collect, store, regularly refer to and build on the learning and knowledge that takes place during meetings and within the team (Akgün, Byrne, Keskin & Lynn, 2006, Doganata & Topkara 2011, Fong 2003, van Ginkel & van Knippenberg 2008).

This research project argues that doing so would enhance group memory, knowledge building and deepen learning experiences in meetings and as professionals. The aim of this PhD project is to examine connections between rich meeting summaries produced at meetings, micro-learning sessions within meetings and knowledge building activities through the inclusion of notational systems for representing epistemic objects and the maintenance of group memory.

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