Leadership is a featured research topic and an initiative at Harvard Business School.
As our world grows increasingly global, intricate, and ever-changing, the role of leaders is becoming more and more complex and critical to business success. In the 1950s and 1960s, Fritz Roethlisberger and Elton Mayo's contributions to the "Hawthorne effect,"
and work by Paul Lawrence and Jay Lorsch
on organizational integration
, sparked the field of Organizational Behavior. Early work by Michael Beer
on leading organizational change
, Rosabeth Kanter
on innovation for productivity
, John Kotter
on power and influence
, and Michael Tushman
on innovation management
helped shape today's understanding of organizational transformation. With an interest in Leadership that spans our academic units, our approach to research is collaborative and multi-disciplinary. We leverage a wide range of research methodologies – from onsite field research to surveys, experiments, and extensive longitudinal studies.