We are a network of behavioral scientists who study distances in organizations (DIO). We wish to further DIO research through a variety of initiatives, such as paper development workshops and online resource sharing. Our topics of interest include:

  • Spatial distance: remote work, mobile work, virtual teams.
  • Temporal distance: short-term vs. long-term thinking, goal setting.
  • Social distance: expertise, power, social networks.
  • Hypotheticality: risk taking, change.
  • Construal level: conceptualization, measurement.

Research Workshops

DIO 2020 Global

The third DIO Workshop was held on May 14th – 16th 2020. Although we had initially scheduled to meet in person, we switched to a virtual meeting because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Committee

  • Jean-Nicolas Reyt, McGill University
  • Batia Wiesenfeld, New York University
  • Yaacov Trope, New York University
  • Cheryl Wakslak, University of South California
  • Pamela Smith, University of California, San Diego
  • Ken Fujita, Ohio State

Workshop Schedule

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DIO 2019 NYU

The second DIO Workshop was held on May 16th – 18th 2019 at New York University’s Stern School of Business, in New York City. The workshop started a day early with a doctoral consortium.

Program Committee

  • Batia Wiesenfeld, New York University (Co-Chair)
  • Jean-Nicolas Reyt, McGill University (Co-Chair)
  • Yaacov Trope, New York University
  • Nira Liberman, Tel Aviv University
  • Cheryl Wakslak, University of South California
  • Ramona Bobocel, University of Waterloo
  • Ken Fujita, Ohio State University
  • Joe Magee, New York University

Workshop Schedule

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DIO 2018 McGill

The first DIO Workshop was held on May 11th – 12th 2018 at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, in Montréal Canada.

Program Committee

  • Jean-Nicolas Reyt, McGill University (Chair)
  • Yaacov Trope, New York University
  • Cheryl Wakslak, University of South California
  • Batia Wiesenfeld, New York University
  • Ramona Bobocel, University of Waterloo
  • Pamela Smith, University of California San Diego
  • Michael Daniels, University of British Columbia

Best Submission Awards

The six researchers who received the highest scores during the blind review process were awarded a Best Submission Award. Faculty members and PhD students competed in two separate categories.

  • Best Faculty Submission Award: Andrew Carton for the paper titled “Painting A Clear Picture While Seeing The Big Picture: Leadership, Construal Level Theory, and The Tradeoff Between Concreteness and Scale.
  • Runner-up for Best Faculty Submission Award: Yair Berson and Shaul Oreg for the paper titled “CLT At The Interface Of Managers And Employees During Organizational Change: Introducing The Concept Of Change Construal.
  • Best Student Submission Award: Ashli Carter for the paper titled “The Cognitive Consequences of Group Composition: A Construal Level Framework.
  • Runner-up for Best Student Submission Award: Robert Barrett for the paper titled “Where Is The Conflict? How Construal Level Affects Disagreements In Innovation Team.
  • Runner-up for Best Student Submission Award: Y. Andre Wang for the paper titled “Construal Level Switching: Costs and Consequences.

Workshop Schedule

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Leadership

Our initiatives are conducted and monitored by an oversight committee and a resource committee.

Oversight Committee

The Oversight Committee’s role is to provide guidance on the strategic directions that our network will be pursuing going forward. The committee is composed of the following people:

  • Jean-Nicolas Reyt, McGill University (Chair)
  • Yaacov Trope, New York University
  • Batia Wiesenfeld, New York University
  • Nira Liberman, Tel Aviv University
  • Cheryl Wakslak, University of Southern California
  • Ken Fujita, Ohio State University

Resource Committee

The Resource Committee is in charge of maintaining the DIO reference database. Some of the committee’s responsibilities include identifying new publications in the field and new research methods. The committee is composed of the following people:

  • Jean-Nicolas Reyt, McGill University (Chair)
  • Dorit Treister, Ben-Gurion University
  • Patricia Staats, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Ramona Bobocel, University of Waterloo