Jonathon Cummings

Jonathon Cummings

Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology

External Address: 
A307 Fuqua Sch. of Bus., Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90120, Durham, NC 27708-0120
(919) 660-7756


Jonathon Cummings is a Professor of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. After completing his dissertation and post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent three years at the MIT Sloan School of Management as an Assistant Professor, where he received an NSF Early Career Award for his research on innovation in geographically dispersed teams and networks. His subsequent research has focused on virtual teams in corporations as well as collaboration in science, and his publications have appeared in outlets across a number of fields, including Organizational Behavior (e.g., Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review), Information Systems (e.g., MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research), Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., CHI, CSCW, CACM), Science Policy (e.g., Social Studies of Science, Research Policy), and Psychology (e.g., Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University 2001

  • B.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1996

Selected Grants

Organizing the Firm for Innovation: A Bridge Between Innovation Strategy and Implementation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

Science Policy Research Report: Funding Team Science awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

VOSS: Virtual Organizations in Action: Understanding Socio-Technical Systems Through Changes in Structure & Technology awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015

What Is The Economic Impact of NSF-funded Research? Connecting the dots between scientific discovery and entrepreneursh awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2015

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center awarded by National Science Foundation (Faculty Member). 2009 to 2014

A Socio-Technical Framework for Identifying Team Science Collaborations that could Benefit From Cyberinfrastructure awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2012

Voss: Collaborative Research: Towards Collaboration Strength in Virtual Research Organizations awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2011

Modeling Productive Climates for Virtual Research Collaborations awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2011

CAREER: Fostering Innovation in Organizations through Geographically Dispersed Teams & Networks awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2009


Cummings, J. “Enhancing the effectiveness of team science.” National Research Council, edited by N. Cooke et al., National Academies Press, 2015, pp. 1–245.

Cummings, J. N. “Leading groups from a distance: How to mitigate consequences of geographic dispersion.” Leadership at a Distance: Research in Technologically-Supported Work, 2013, pp. 31–50. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203809686. Full Text

Cummings, J. N., et al. “Communication Technology and Friendship During the Transition from High School to College.” Computers, Phones, and the Internet: Domesticating Information Technology, 2012. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312805.003.0018. Full Text

Cummings, J., et al. “Communication Technology and Friendship During the Transition from High School to College.” Computers, Phones, and the Internet Domesticating Information Technology, Oxford University Press, 2006.

Cummings, J., and D. Ancona. “Functional perspective.” Handbook of Group Research and Practice, edited by S. Wheelan, Sage Publications, 2005, pp. 107–17.

Cummings, J., and S. Kiesler. “What do we know about proximity in work groups? A legacy of research on physical distance.” Distributed Work, edited by P. Hinds and S. Kiesler, MIT Press, 2002, pp. 57–80.

Cummings, J. “What do We Know About Proximity and Distance in Work Groups? A Legacy of Research.” Distributed Work, edited by P. J. Hinds and S. Kiesler, MIT Press, 2002, pp. 57–80.

Sackett, E., and J. N. Cummings. “When team members perceive task interdependence differently: Exploring centrality asymmetry and team success.” Group Dynamics, vol. 22, no. 1, Mar. 2018, pp. 16–31. Scopus, doi:10.1037/gdn0000079. Full Text

Haas, M. R., and J. N. Cummings. “Barriers to knowledge seeking within MNC teams: Which differences matter most.” Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 46, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 36–62. Scopus, doi:10.1057/jibs.2014.37. Full Text

Carton, Andrew M., and Jonathon N. Cummings. “The impact of subgroup type and subgroup configurational properties on work team performance..” The Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 98, no. 5, Sept. 2013, pp. 732–58. Epmc, doi:10.1037/a0033593. Full Text

Cummings, Jonathon N., et al. “Group heterogeneity increases the risks of large group size: a longitudinal study of productivity in research groups..” Psychological Science, vol. 24, no. 6, June 2013, pp. 880–90. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797612463082. Full Text

Carton, A. M., and J. N. Cummings. “A theory of subgroups in work teams.” Academy of Management Review, vol. 37, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 441–70. Scopus, doi:10.5465/amr.2009.0322. Full Text

Cummings, J. N., and M. R. Haas. “So many teams, so little time: Time allocation matters in geographically dispersed teams.” Journal of Organizational Behavior, vol. 33, no. 3, Apr. 2012, pp. 316–41. Scopus, doi:10.1002/job.777. Full Text

Espinosa, J. A., et al. “Time separation, coordination, and performance in technical teams.” Ieee Transactions on Engineering Management, vol. 59, no. 1, Feb. 2012, pp. 91–103. Scopus, doi:10.1109/TEM.2011.2126579. Full Text

Huang, S., and J. N. Cummings. “When critical knowledge is most critical: Centralization in knowledge-intensive teams.” Small Group Research, vol. 42, no. 6, Dec. 2011, pp. 669–99. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1046496411410073. Full Text

Cummings, J., and S. Kiesler. “Organization theory and new ways of working in science.” 2011 Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy: Building Capacity for Scientific Innovation and Outcomes, Acsip 2011, Proceedings, Nov. 2011. Scopus, doi:10.1109/ACSIP.2011.6064466. Full Text

Cummings, J. N. “Economic and business dimensions.” Communications of the Acm, vol. 54, no. 8, Aug. 2011, pp. 24–26. Scopus, doi:10.1145/1978542.1978551. Full Text


Fisher, J., et al. “Abandoning innovations: Network evidence on enterprise collaboration software.” 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Aom 2018, 2018. Scopus, doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2018.175. Full Text

Carton, A. M., et al. “Striking a balance: The impact of balanced versus imbalanced subgroups on work team performance.” Academy of Management 2011 Annual Meeting  West Meets East: Enlightening. Balancing. Transcending, Aom 2011, 2011. Scopus, doi:10.5464/AMBPP.2011.248.a. Full Text

Espinosa, J. A., et al. “Research on teams with multiple boundaries.” Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, vol. 2002-January, 2002, pp. 3429–38. Scopus, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2002.994381. Full Text

Cummings, J., et al. “Beyond being there: A blueprint for advancing the design, development and evaluation of virtual organizations.” A Report from the NSF Workshop to Identify Research, Infrastructure and Organizational Needs to Accelerate Collaboration in Science and Engineering, 2008, pp. 1–58.