RCC Updates

The capacity to work with relational coordination has grown in many sectors around the world since our founding 12 years ago.  In 2021, a systematic review found that RC has been tested in 73 industry sectors and in 36 countries.  Given this spread, the RCC Board has realized that no one organization needs to offer everything.  The RCC has therefore become the hub of a distributed network that provides training, courses, seminars, teaching materials, consulting, coaching, certification, measurement tools, analytic support, interventions and more.   We are an open inclusive global community of researchers and leaders working together to transform relationships for high performance and positive change.

What the RCC Does

  • Connects members with each other through our website, social media, newsletters, and Cafes
  • Hosts Innovation Labs, offering space on our website for members to organize and develop new ideas together
  • Hosts the Annual Roundtable for members to share their work, renew existing relationships and build new ones
  • Provides a Resource Directory of all relevant resources that are offered by members in the network, across the U.S. and around the world
  • Invites you to join as a member for an annual fee of $100, with lower rates for full-time students ($50), and scholarships offered as available to colleagues from developing countries

Leadership Continuity

The RCC Board of Advisors is continuing its leadership role.  We are grateful to Kathy McDonald (Johns Hopkins University) for her wise leadership as board chair over the past six years.  We are happy to welcome John Paul Stephens (Case Western Reserve University) as our new board chair,  with Kathy McDonald continuing to serve as past board chair.  Each year we will invite new board members to represent the community so please contact us at relationalcoord@brandeis.edu if you wish to nominate yourself or someone else.  Meet our Board Members here!

News & Announcements


Learn how to use the RC Survey and related tools to assess and improve collaboration for co-located teams, virtual teams, organizations, and their networks. 

Session 1: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm ET (Virtual)

Session 2:  Wednesday, Oct. 12 – Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 (In-person in New Hampshire)

Session 3: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm ET (Virtual)

Session 4: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm ET (Virtual)

Registration Deadline: August 8, 2022



Members are invited to form Innovation Labs to organize and develop new ideas together.  The RCC offers you a webpage to share your work with others, and the opportunity to present in RC Cafes.  Visit our Innovation Labs and start your own!  Here are some examples:

Relating Across Differences - Olawale Olaleye (Deloitte, Brandeis)

Building Relational Ecosystems for Innovation - Ina Sebastian (MIT)



Building Relationships Across Differences - What Leaders Do

Boston | Nov. 4-6

In a time of deepening divisions that threaten our well being and survival, we propose to reimagine leadership as building relationships across differences. We invite leaders at all levels of corporations, non-profits, health systems, universities, schools, professional associations, unions, communities, public sector organizations - and those who study them - to share their knowledge about building relationships across differences.



Building Collaborative Networks for Innovation

Date: TBD

Bram Hendriks, Solve Consulting

Harold Alvarez, Royal Dutch Shell,  Erasmus University

Jody Hoffer Gittell, RCC, Brandeis University


How RC Transforms Organizations

In Healthcare

"The nurses and therapists started to ask each other, 'What is timely communication for you?' and soon realized that, if the therapists would visit the ICU in the mornings they could better address patient needs and reduce discharge delays. Just one example, and it was not a top-down solution."

- ICU Clinical Coordinator, Billings Clinic

In Education

"Before it was very much about your measures and your data, and no one able to see them but the individual teacher.  Now it's - we're all responsible for all these students and we all own the data.  It's not about pitting people against each other."

- Assistant Superintendent, North Reading School District

In Communities

"We haven't had a tool before for measuring this. One thing is talking about networks; now we can see it."

- Director of Social Health and Employment, Varde Municipality, Denmark