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Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership
Organizational Behavior

Leslie Perlow is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. She has recently launched a new second year elective, Crafting Your Life: The Tactics and Practices of The First 10 Years Post MBA. This course encourages students to be more intentional about their choices, and provides guidance to help them in terms of managing their careers, relationships, and lives.

Professor Perlow’s research focuses on the micro-dynamics of work. She studies how individuals act within an organization – i.e., what do people do all day, how do they spend their time, with whom do they interact– and the consequences for organizations and individuals. She documents individuals’ work practices including the use of technology, meetings, virtual interactions, and managing across cultures with global teams, and explores the implications of these practices for organization productivity, individuals’ careers, and family lives. Professor Perlow has recently launched a large study in a professional service firm to explore the transition from collocated to virtual to the new normal (increasingly hybrid) work.  She combines deep inductive qualitative research with data analytics to better understand and empower teams to improve the way they work.

Before joining the Harvard faculty, Professor Perlow was on the faculty of the University of Michigan Business School. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Organization Studies from MIT. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a management consultant.

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