New approaches for communication and collaboration in meetings. In the “Reengineering Meetings” research project we examine the potential of incremental and radical reinventions to improve communication and collaboration in meetings to create more engagement and effectiveness in meetings. Meetings are the backbone of organizations as they are used to analyze, decide and implement organizational action. The average employee spends six hours per week in meetings, supervisors even more, says an MIT study. Meetings are held face-to-face and increasingly online. Meetings cover a broad array of organizational sense making including: Meetings to discuss a change in process Meetings to discuss a client's needs or wants Meetings to routinely discuss the state of the business Meetings to discuss an ongoing project Meetings to discuss quality, policy and compliance Meetings to identify problems and propose solutions It is surprising that most meetings are held just as they were 20 years ago. Employees report to be disengaged frustrated, meetings suffer from a lack of productivity and both employees and organizations are fatigue of (PowerPoint) meetings. However, few organizations (such as Intel and Amazon) have been able to turn around meetings from a productivity killer into a productivity catalyst. Meetings offer a great variety of opportunities to transform them into new levels of engagement and effectiveness. Therefore, the project “Reengineering Meetings” aims to create new approaches that enhance communication and collaboration in meetings - through incremental and radical reinventions, with individual and collective effort, for face-to-face and online meetings. Join our project team consisting of academics and professionals from the University of St. Gallen and global leaders in meeting research as well as other partner organizations. As one of our valued partners you benefit from the following advantages: Benefit from joint development, evaluation and training of new techniques and tools to enhance meeting effectiveness Learn from leading academics on the latest research on meeting effectiveness Network with other partner organizations (from different industries) to exchange and learn from each other (this has been widely appreciated by all our former project partner) The “Reengineering Meetings” project proceeds in four steps: The first step consists of a comprehensive review of research on meetings with the goal to identify key mechanisms and principles. This step encompasses both, a literature review of the relevant literature, and organizational case studies on selected meeting practices. In the second step, we will design and prototype novel methods to improve communication and collaboration tasks, such as knowledge sharing and decision making, in meetings. The third step is dedicated to the rigorous evaluation of the developed meeting reinventions through experiments and in-situ cases. As a final step, we will document and train the meeting reinventions that have proven beneficial in phase 3 of the project.