Amy Edmondson, Novartis professor of leadership and management, Harvard Business School


Amy Edmondson
Amy Edmondson, Novartis professor of leadership and management, Harvard Business School
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Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of leadership and management at Harvard Business School. 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 is the author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate, and more than 70 articles on leadership, teams, innovation and organisational learning. Ranked 15th in the 2013 Thinkers 50 list of the world’s most influential management minds, Edmondson teaches at Harvard and around the world.

She has received numerous awards, including the Cummings Award for mid-career achievement from the Academy of Management in 2006, and the Accenture Award for significant contribution to improving the practice of management in 2004 (for her co-authored article ‘Why hospitals don't learn from failures’), and was ranked seventh in HR magazine’s ‘20 Most Influential International Thinkers in Human Resources’ in 2013.

Before her academic career, she was director of research at Pecos River Learning Center, where she worked with founder and CEO Larry Wilson to design change programmes in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as chief engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller; her book, A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller, clarifies his mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience.

Edmondson received her PhD in organisational behavior, master’s in psychology and degree in engineering and design from Harvard University.

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