Author, “The Fearless Organization'', Teaming: How Organizations Learn''
Novartis Professor, Harvard Business School
Ranked #3 in Thinkers50 in 2019
“Organizations today depend on talent, but there are many reasons that talent alone is not enough. The only way human capacities can truly flourish is in an atmosphere free of fear. Amy Edmondson has devoted 20 years to understanding psychological safety in organizations ― and in this timely, important book she shares what she’s learned. She identifies the ways fear can stifle creativity and teamwork ― and then offers smart, practical advice for overcoming these obstacles and building an organization free of fear. This is a book that every leader should read and heed.”
―Daniel H. Pink, author of “WHEN” and “DRIVE”
Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.
Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers since 2011, and most recently was ranked #3 in 2019; she also received that organization’s Breakthrough Idea Award in 2019, and Talent Award in 2017.
She speaks on teaming, psychological safety, and leadership to corporate and academic audiences around the world, and her articles have been published in Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, as well as in numerous academic journals including Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Review. Her book, “Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy and Teaming to Innovate” (2014), explores teamwork in dynamic work environments. In “Building the future: Big teaming for audacious innovation” (2016), she examines the challenges and opportunities of teaming across industries. Her most recent book, “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth“ (Wiley, 2018), offers a practical guide for organizations serious about success in the modern economy and has been translated into 11 languages.
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, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (1987) clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.
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