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Scholars who study groups and teams are scattered across many social scientific disciplines. INGRoup (a) promotes communication about group research across fields and nations, (b) advances understanding about group dynamics through research, (c) advances theory and methods for understanding groups, and (d) promotes interdisciplinary research. Learn more about INGRoup.


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2018 INGRoup Conference

Reviews for the 2018 INGRoup conference are now complete! The conference will be held July 18-21, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. The conference runs Thursday late afternoon to Saturday late afternoon, pre-conference workshops are during the day on Thursday, and informal "dine-arounds" may be arranged for Saturday evening. Registration will open soon!

Seeking Participants for Second Annual HACKmanATHON

We are now seeking teams and/or individuals interested in participating in the Second Annual INGRoup HACKmanATHON, an opportunity for INGRoupers to be more interactive and interdisciplinary during the annual conference. The theme this year is Managing Violence Against First Responder Teams. We believe that bringing EMS responders together with teams and team dynamics researchers at INGRoup, we may uncover new ways to mitigate, reduce, and eliminate (in some cases) violence against first responder teams. The deadline for submission to participate is May 1, 2018 (23:00 EDT). More details can be found in the Call for Submissions on the conference page.

INGRoup Board Member Nominations Now Open!

Are you or a colleague interested in stepping up your involvement in our interdisciplinary network? If so, the INGRoup Board of Directors invites you to nominate yourself or a colleague for the position of Elected Board Member or Graduate Student Board Member. To do so, send the nominee's name and contact information to Board Secretary Amanda L. Thayer (athayer@uakron.edu) by April 15, 2018.

The INGRoup Board of Directors is responsible for directing the activities of the Association and developing policies consistent with the mission of the Association. These positions will start this summer at INGRoup's conference in Washington, DC.

  • Elected Board Members are elected for staggered 3-year terms. Nominees for Elected Board Member must be INGRoup members at the time of election and hold a doctoral degree in their respective field.
  • Graduate Student Board Members serve staggered 2-year terms and are specifically tasked with representing the voice of Graduate Student members of INGRoup, as well as organizing events to provide a rich and dynamic environment for their fellow graduate students. Nominees for Graduate Student Board Member must be INGRoup members at the time of appointment and maintain student status through May 2020.

Please nominate anyone you would like, including yourself, who meets the eligibility requirements above by sending the nominee's name and contact information to Amanda L. Thayer (athayer@uakron.edu) by April 15, 2018. If you have any questions about a position, please contact Amanda L. Thayer (athayer@uakron.edu), Roni Reiter-Palmon (rreiter-palmon@unomaha.edu), or Leslie DeChurch (dechurch@northwestern.edu).

Seeking Nominations for 2018 McGrath & Hackman Awards

The Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups

INGRoup invites nominations for the Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups. INGRoup values and promotes diversity in theoretical and methodological perspectives for examining and understanding group processes and outcomes. This award will go to an individual or identifiable research team whose work has shown an enduring commitment to advancing the interdisciplinary science of team or small group behavior, dynamics, and outcomes. The award recipient(s) will be granted a lifetime membership to INGRoup, be recognized at the INGRoup conferences, and receive a commemorative plaque. In addition, the recipient is invited to give an address that relates to his, her, or their contributions at the subsequent meeting of INGRoup. The full call for nominations and award policy can be found HERE.

  • Nomination deadline: May 1.
  • Committee decision announced to nominees: June 15.
  • Committee decision made public at INGRoup conference

J. Richard Hackman Award for the Dissertation that Most Significantly Advances the Study of Groups

Do you know an outstanding young groups scholar who defended their dissertation between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017? Please consider nominating them for the J. Richard Hackman Award for the Dissertation that Most Significantly Advances the Study of Groups! INGRoup values and promotes diversity in theoretical and methodological perspectives for examining and understanding group processes and outcomes. This award goes to a new PhD whose doctoral dissertation shows the greatest potential to advance the understanding of groups beyond one discipline. The award recipient is recognized at the INGRoup conference and on the INGRoup website, receives a commemorative plaque, and receives complementary registration and an invitation to present their dissertation in a feature session at the following year's INGRoup conference. Peer and self nominations are submitted before the annual conference. For more information, view the policy and guidelines. Nominations should be submitted via email to mspoole@illinois.edu.

2019 & 2020 INGRoup Conferences

We are excited to announce that INGRoup will be returning to Europe! The 2019 INGRoup conference will be held in July 2019 (exact dates forthcoming) at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) in Lisbon, Portugal. Many more details to be announced soon!

We are currently soliciting proposals for conference locations in 2020 and beyond. If you are interested in hosting the INGRoup conference, contact the Board of Directors.

Join the INGRoup Facebook Group

The INGRoup Facebook Group is a great place to get information from INGRoup members, share news about small group research, and continue the interdisciplinary discussion. It's open membership — join today!


INGRoup is a nonprofit 501(3)(c) corporation. The purpose for which this corporation is organized are to promote communication about group research across fields and nations, advance understanding about group dynamics through research, foster interest in group research among junior scholars, promote and support the next generations of group scholars, and develop a sense of community for those who study groups. The corporation shall exist and operate exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes. Income tax returns are available upon request.