Amy C Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society. Amy Edmondson’s research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organisations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles.
Her book Teaming: How organisations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy emphasizes managing the activities that enable collaborative work across boundaries, rather than designing and managing stable teams. She is currently studying collaboration across boundaries focused on innovation in the built environment.
Professor Amy C Edmondson teaches MBA and Executive Education courses in leadership, team effectiveness, and organisational learning, and a doctoral course in field research methods. She has served on 29 doctoral committees and is the author of more than 25 Harvard Business School case studies, including cases on Arup, The Cleveland Clinic, General Motors Powertrain, Prudential Financial, Simmons Mattress Company, YUM brands, IDEO product design, and NASA’s failed Columbia mission.
In 2003, the Academy of Management’s Organisational Behaviour Division selected Professor Edmondson for the Cummings Award for outstanding achievement in early mid-career, and in both 2000 and 2012 she received the OB division’s annual awards for the best paper published in the prior year. Her article with Anita Tucker, “Why Hospitals Don’t Learn from Failures: Organizational and Psychological Dynamics That Inhibit System Change” received the 2004 Accenture Award for significant contribution to management practice.
Before her academic career, Edmondson was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked with founder and CEO Larry Wilson to design and implement organizational change programs in a variety of Fortune 100 companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book, A Fuller Explanation, clarifies Fuller’s mathematical contributions to an anon-technical audience.
Edmondson received her PhD in organisational behaviour, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.
Amy has been recognised in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 by the bi-annual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers. She speaks on teaming, psychological safety, and leadership to corporate and academic audiences all over the world.
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