Article | American Psychologist | January 2014

J. Richard Hackman (1940–2013)

by Ruth Wageman and Teresa M. Amabile


When J. Richard Hackman died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on January 8, 2013, psychology lost a giant. Six and a half feet tall, with an outsize personality to match, Richard was the leading scholar in two distinct areas: work design and team effectiveness. In both domains, his work is foundational. Throughout his career, Richard applied rigorous methods to problems of great social importance, tirelessly championing multi-level analyses of problems that matter. His impact on our field has been immense.

Keywords: Social Psychology; Organizational Design; Groups and Teams; Personal Development and Career; Education Industry; Cambridge;


Wageman, Ruth, and Teresa M. Amabile. "J. Richard Hackman (1940–2013)." American Psychologist 69, no. 1 (January 2014): 80.