Flex Perspectives Podcast
September 19, 2023

The Impact of Offsites on Async Collaboration | Raj Choudhury

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Episode Summary

In this episode, Rob Sadow is joined by Raj Choudhury, the Lumry Family Associate Professor at Harvard Business School. Raj's groundbreaking research on the "geography of work" has garnered attention from major publications such as Harvard Business Review, NPR, and the New York Times.

Raj delves into a recent study he conducted on offsites' impact on relationship development and asynchronous collaboration. Key topics:

  1. Geographic Flexibility: How hybrid and remote work are addressing longstanding work-related migration challenges

  2. Impact of Temporary Co-Location: The benefits of structured group interactions for remote teams, especially among dissimilar team members

  3. Offsite How-To’s: Practical strategies for executives to consider when determining the frequency, timing, location, and purpose of in-person meetings



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About the speaker

Guest: Raj Choudhury

Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury is the Lumry Family Associate Professor at the Harvard Business School. He was an Assistant Professor at Wharton prior to joining Harvard. He studies the Future of Work, especially the changing Geography of Work and productivity effects of remote work practices such as ‘work-from-anywhere’, ‘all-remote’ and ‘hybrid-remote’. Long before the pandemic, he was making the call for companies to transition into work-from-anywhere organizations. He conceptualized ‘Work-from-anywhere’ in a 2019 Harvard Business Review article and is the author of the article, ‘Our work-from-anywhere future’, a Finalist for the 2020 Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award. His research has been cited by BBC, PBS, Bloomberg Businessweek, CNBC, NPR All Things Considered, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Economist, Harvard Business Review, The Independent, The World Economic Forum, Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, Freakonomics, WIRED, Axios, Nikkei Asian Review, Inc., India Today Television, among several other outlets. He earned his Doctorate from Harvard, has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. Prior to academia, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, and IBM.

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