Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randal Capps (Director), Joseph Cangemi, and Kevin Schmaltz

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


Teams require leadership, even if they are self-managed. The group of individuals who make up a team must be gathered in some form or another. For self managed teams to function successfully, the first step is the process of creating the team. Many aspects may factor into the creation process. Often time is of the essence and methods to quickly assess and form teams show merit. First impressions in general are based largely on nonverbal communication. The focus of this mixed-methods concurrent embedded study is to analyze the potential effects of nonverbal communication on influencing team creation. A group of mechanical engineering students placed randomly into teams provided a source of feedback on how they could have been affected if factors of nonverbal communication had been considered. Research has been conducted on small business hiring, self-managed teams, nonverbal communication, and team leadership; however, the author has not identified historical works concerning the potential impacts of nonverbal communication used by leaders in the formation of teams.


Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Human Resources Management | Mechanical Engineering | Medical Education | Organizational Communication