Congratulations to Dr. Lynden Jensen!

Lynden Jensen successfully defended his PhD dissertation, which investigated the nature and function of dominance and prestige in teams. Although dominance and prestige are recognized as two fundamental pathways through which individuals can acquire influence, until now, there has been a scarcity of work into how such processes affect the group as a whole. Lynden’s work addresses this exact issue, and in doing so offers important insights into the implications of dominance and prestige beyond rank attainment. Study 1 involved a large-scale study that 267 tracked project design teams across their lifespan. Study 2 involved an experimental design in which teams competed against a rival group in high and low zero-sum conditions. This work provides a window in how collective levels of prestige offer a myriad of benefits for teams, whereas dominance-oriented cultures hinder and undermine collaborative efforts (