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Cristina B. Gibson is a  Professor in Organization and Strategy at The Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Cristina received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine and her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Scripps College in Claremont, California. Before joining the faculty at UC-Irvine, she was Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Associate Research Professor with the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. 

Cristina’s research centers on the development and testing of theories of collective cognition, including knowledge acquisition, exchange, and information processing in work groups.  She focuses on the manner in which culture, organizational structures and policies, and technology serve as key influences on collective cognitive processes. Her research has demonstrated that collective cognitive processes influence subsequent behavioral and organizational outcomes, including productivity, innovation, and individual effort.

She is co-editor with Susan Cohen of the book Virtual Teams That Work: Creating the Conditions for Virtual Team Effectiveness (2003, Jossey-Bass) and co-author with P. Christopher Earley of the book Multinational Teams: A New Perspective (2002, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). Her research has appeared in scientific journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Group and Organization Management, Sloan Management Review and Academy of Management Executive.

Cristina is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her research, including three major multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as grants from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for International Research, the Carnegie Bosch Institute for Applied International Management, and the Center for Innovation and Management Studies.  

In her work with teams in multinational organizations, Cristina strives to increase performance, longevity and quality of work life for team members from various cultures.  Cristina has more than a decade of experience conducting research and training on team development and cross-cultural interaction for over 30 major multinational firms, including Lockheed Martin Aerospace, DaimlerChrysler, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Merck, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and General Electric. Teams have been located in over 20 countries, encompassing the U.S., Canada, and in Latin America, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia. 

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