Assistant professor and Vernon Smith Fellow, Mikhail Wolfson, has been selected to serve as a member of an ad hoc committee on Adult Learning in the Military Context at the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The operational landscape of the military has evolved to include irregular warfare, stability operations, and multi-domain operations across land, sea, air, space, and cyber fronts. This diversity of operating environments requires military personnel to master and maintain a wider array of skills than ever before. This committee will gather, review, and discuss the available literature on adult learning with a focus on learning in military environments. The committee will develop recommendations, as well as a research agenda for the Army Research Institute.
Mikhail A. Wolfson earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include team composition, informal learning, human capital resources, network analysis, and unobtrusive measurement. Primarily his research focuses on advancing configurable approaches of team composition that account for individuals’ characteristics and interrelations among team members. He has conducted research in the contexts of surgical teams, ICU teams, professional cycling, the U.S. Army, and student teams. His work has recently been featured in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and American Psychologist.