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Cristina B Gibson

2016 Keynote Speaker


Cristina B. Gibson is Winthrop Professor of Management and Organization and Australia Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Western Australia School of Business.  Her area of expertise is the nexus of organizational behavior, international management, and cross-cultural psychology. She is a leading scholar on teams, leadership and global collaboration, developing and testing theories and practical techniques for the shared use of information and knowledge, and the role of culture in these processes, in impacting innovation and well-being.


Cristina was recently awarded the Thomson Reuters 2015 Highly Cited Distinction for being among the top 1% of business and economic academics globally in terms of citation count between 2002-2015, as well as the Academy of International Business Paper of the Decade Award. In 2014, she was the recipient of the University of Western Australia Vice Chancellor’s Award for Senior Research Excellence.

Cristina has conducted preeminent research on multinational, geographically dispersed, and electronically enabled teams. Her work has appeared in seventy-four scholarly publications in the field’s most prominent journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Applied Psychology. She is the co-author of the book Multinational Teams:  A New Perspective (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002), which developed a dynamic, multi-level view of teams, focusing on various features of the members, their interactions as a team, and the organizational context in which they operate. She is also co-editor of Virtual Teams That Work (Jossey-Bass, 2003), a collection of scholarly writings by leading researchers in psychology, sociology, engineering, information technology, political science, and economics, which outlines implication of research for the practice of managing and working in virtual teams.  Cristina is currently or has served on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of International Business Studies.


Cristina has received nearly 5 million dollars in external funding for her research from prestigious granting institutions such as the Australian Research Council and U.S. National Science Foundation. In her work with teams in multinational organizations, she strives to increase performance, sustainability, and quality of work life for team members from various cultures. She has two decades of experience conducting research and training on team development, cross-cultural interaction, and social impact for over 30 major multinational firms, including General Electric, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin Aerospace, Oracle, United Airlines, DaimlerChrysler, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, KPMG, Qantas, Westpac, Woodside Energy, and BHP-Billiton Iron Ore.  Teams have been located in over 20 countries, encompassing the U.S., Canada, Australia, Latin America, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia.  Cristina lives in Perth, Australia with her husband Stephen and son Zachary, where they all three enjoy distance running, triathlon, diving and travel.

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