Research Summary

Helping and Learning at Work

by Teresa M. Amabile


I have two related sets of projects in this stream: (a) Collaboration and helping in creative project teams. Colin Fisher (BU), Julianna Pillemer (Wharton), and I are writing a paper on our multi-year study of successful and unsuccessful helping episodes inside a creative design firm. We recently published an HBR article on this topic. (b) With doctoral student Michele Rigolizzo, I have written a book chapter on creativity and learning at work. We have completed one pilot study in a European bank on the effect of recording day-by-day learnings at work on the propensity to notice additional learning opportunities, and we are planning a larger-scale field study on the topic.