Tsedal Neeley

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Tsedal Neeley (@tsedal) is an associate professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School. She has taught in both the MBA (LEAD and Leading Teams in a Global Economy) and in various executive education programs such as Global Strategic Management. She currently teaches in the Executive Education offering “Program for Leadership Development.” Professor Neeley has received the HBS Charles M. Williams award for outstanding teaching in Executive Education.

Professor Neeley's research focuses on the challenges that global collaborators face when attempting to coordinate work across national and linguistic boundaries, with special emphasis in the impact of language, power, status, and emotions on social dynamics.  In particular, she examines the effects of internationalizing firms' policies requiring employees of diverse skill-set to adopt English as their common business language, or lingua franca.  In addition to lingua franca adoption behaviors, she studies the influence of culture in heterogeneous work environments. Professor Neeley publishes her work in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization ScienceManagement ScienceJournal of International Business, and Harvard Business Review.  Her research has been covered in many media outlets such as CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist.

Before her academic career, Professor Neeley spent ten years in industry working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various capacities including strategies for global customer experience, 360 degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures.  With extensive international experience, Professor Neeley is fluent in four languages. 

Professor Neeley received her Ph.D. from Stanford University's Department of Management Science and Engineering specializing in organizational studies.  Professor Neeley was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research as well as the Stanford Distinguished Alumni Scholar.

  1. Received the 2015 Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  2. Honored as a 2013 Stanford Distinguished Alumni Scholar.

  3. Received the 2006–2007 Stanford University Lieberman Fellowship award at the School of Engineering for excellence in teaching and research.