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Amy Edmondson Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management Harvard Business School

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  • Leading Through Crisis: Leveraging Teaming to Solve Problems and Innovate
  • Teaming Toward Innovation Breakthroughs
  • Want to Vastly Improve Your Organization? Make It Fearless

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  • 2018 The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth
  • 2016 Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation
  • 2013 Teaming to Innovate
  • 2012 Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy
  • 2009 Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R Buckminster Fuller

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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 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. 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 (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103) explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments. Her book, Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016), reveals the challenges and opportunities of innovation that involves teaming across industry sectors. Her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (Wiley 2019) 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.

Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on the design and implementation of 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 (Birkauser Boston, 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.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, George Daley, a physician-scientist and Dean of Harvard Medical School, and their two sons.


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