Free-Riding & Social Loafing - Addressing Team Management Issues Facing Undergraduate Programs

Gary Smith

Penn State University - The Behrend College

Gary Smith is an Instructor, The Black School of Business, Penn State - The Behrend College. Teaching in Interdisciplinary Business and Engineering (IBE) senior capstone program, Masters in Manufacturing program and undergraduate businesses courses. (Retired) Supply Chain professional with 39 years of manufacturing experience. Former master black belt with expertise with process improvement, lean manufacturing, change management, project management, foreign trade zones and ERP implementation.

Diane Parente

Penn State University - The Behrend College

Diane H. Parente (Ph.D. University at Buffalo) is Breene Professor, Black School at Penn State Erie.  Her research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary including supply chain management from a multi-functional perspective, and the strategic impact of cross-functional processes. She has published in IJOPM, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Health Care Management Review, Psychological Reports, and IRMJ, among others.   She is Program Chair for Interdisciplinary programs in the Black School including Interdisciplinary Business & Engineering, International Business, and is co-director of the Masters in Manufacturing Management. Dr. Parente has previous industry experience in a variety of functional and cross-functional positions. 


Undergraduate programs increasingly recognize the value of learning by doing, specifically through simulations and team projects. As these activities are integrated into the curricula, students with little or no experience... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Gary Smith (Penn State University - The Behrend College)
  2. Diane Parente (Penn State University - The Behrend College)

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