Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The Institute for Culture, Collaboration, and Management’s (ICCM) mission is to advance the science and practice of culture, diversity, and collaboration in organizations worldwide by

  1. conducting and disseminating rigorous, multidisciplinary, impactful basic and applied research, 
  2. providing science-backed, customized, and intuitive consulting solutions for our clients, and
  3. providing unparalleled professional development opportunities that prepare our students to be exceptional organizational scientist-practitioners. 

Our Vision

ICCM’s vision is to be the world’s foremost leader in advancing the science and practice of culture, diversity, and collaboration in organizations, with the ultimate goal of helping global society thrive.


Our History

ICCM Timeline Timeline with arrow from left to right and dates and graphic icons representing key moments. 1998 2012 2019 2013-2014 2020-Current 2010-2011 Creation of FL Tech Industrial/ Organizational Psych Ph.D. Program Key Personnel & Processes 1st Corporate Client Expansion of Corporate Clients Continued and New Partnerships Official Research Center 1st Research Contract Dr. Jessica Wildman hired as Research Director Focused Expansion in Culture Arena Institute for Culture, Collaboration & Management Dr. Amanda Thayer hired as the Director of Growth & Development Portfolio Expansion: a) Culture b) Collaboration & Teams c) Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

1998 - The Florida Institute of Technology welcomed the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Doctoral Program into the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts. At this time, Dr. Bill Gabrenya, an I/O Psych faculty member at Florida Tech, laid out the vision for what would eventually become the country’s first international concentration. Over the years, the program has grown in size, talent, and capability and has continued to staff ICCM of both students and faculty. 

2010-2011 - The Institute for Cross Cultural Management (ICCM) was first established in 2010 as a research institute within the Florida Institute of Technology. Spearheaded by Dr. Richard Griffith, the institute won its first contract to develop and conduct cross cultural competence training for a Japanese engineering firm operating in the US. In 2011, Dr. Griffith initiated a faculty search and subsequently hired Dr. Jessica Wildman as the Research Director, allowing the Institute to increase its grant submission activity considerably over the next several years. 

2012 - Within two years of its inception, ICCM was able to establish key processes and staff itself with integral personnel to effectively operate as a competitive research institute. Today, ICCM employs three faculty leadership members, a full-time Research Scientist, and funds 5 administrative GSAs year-round (i.e., irrespective of external research funding) who design and execute strategic initiatives. 

2013-2014 - During this time, ICCM diligently focused on expanding its work in the Culture space in terms of basic and applied research with various partners. Also during this time period, ICCM staff and faculty worked tirelessly to communicate their research findings via published works in the form of conference materials, books and book chapters, and journal articles. 

2019 - ICCM broadened its client and partnership base by working with additional corporate partners to tackle applied projects across various topic areas. Some of these clients included the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)/Orlando International Airport and the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. 

2020-current - The Institute for Cross Cultural Management rebranded into the Institute for Culture, Collaboration, and Management and expanded its research areas following the onboarding of our Director of Growth and Development, Dr. Amanda Thayer. ICCM now organizes its basic and applied research and consulting activities into three portfolios: Culture; Collaboration and Teams; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These portfolios overlap in a fluid fashion, and we find that our intersectional approach to our research yields holistic and innovative courses of action.