She is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, where she teaches and writes on leadership, teams, and organizational learning. Her books Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments. Her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth is the winner of the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award and offers practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy.
She has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011 (most recently #3) and selected in 2019 as the #1 most influential thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine. Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller. She received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.
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