Faculty Ted Talks
Can you buy happiness? How do you encourage creativity? What's the role of business in solving huge issues like climate change? Professors tackle these topics and more in inspiring TED talks.
08 May 2018  

Since the first TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk took place as a one-off event in the 1980s, the annual conference series has grown into an international phenomenon.

Thanks to the advent and proliferation of the internet, anyone with wifi and a connected device can access individual TED talks on almost any subject. Several Harvard Business School professors have appeared as part of the series and their presentations have accounted for almost 40 million views to date. Seven of those talks are offered below.

Teresa Amabile, Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration

Teresa Amabile draws from her new book The Progress Principle to explain how companies can overcome the "crisis of disengagement" occurring in the workplace.

Rohit Deshpande, Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing

On the 26th of November 2008, a group of terrorists struck a dozen targets in Mumbai, India including the iconic, 103-year old Taj Palace Hotel. The siege at the hotel lasted two days and three nights and was covered extensively by international media. But there is an amazing, inspirational back story about the heroic actions of the Taj staff couched in the culture of the Taj Hotels company. What can the staff, who saved lives while endangering their own, teach American companies about ethical behavior?

Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management

Edmondson is well known for her work on teams. Here she discusses the importance of building a psychologically safe workspace and some of the ways to do so.

Frances Frei, Professor of Business Administration

Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it's broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it -- something she worked on during a recent stint at Uber.

Linda Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration

What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated "creatives."

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration

From the power of presence to the power of voice, leadership expert and Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter discusses the process of making a difference in the world. Kanter uses the stories of great leaders and ordinary people to reveal the six success factors that are the keys to positive change, including lining up partnerships, managing the miserable middles of change, and sharing success with others. This uplifting talk from TEDxBeaconStreet will inspire you to lead and take action.

Tsedal Neeley, Associate Professor of Business Administration

How can language be used to unite rather than divide a global workforce? Through her unfettered access to the inner workings of the globalization efforts of one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world, Harvard Business School professor Tsedal Neeley disrupts prevailing beliefs by revealing the power of treating language and culture separately.

Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School

Whenever we see examples of ethical or moral failure, our knee-jerk reaction is to say "that was a bad person". We like to sort the world into good people who have stable and enduringly strong, positive characters, and bad people who have weak or frail characters. So why then do seemingly good people behave badly? Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School explores the moral overconfidence so prevalent in society and exhorts us all to practice moral humility.

Michael Norton, Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness — when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.

Leslie Perlow, Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership

While email and mobile technology have greatly accelerated the way we do business, Leslie Perlow argues that the always “on” mentality can have a long-term detrimental effect on many organizations. In her sociological experiments at BCG and other organizations, Perlow found that if the team – rather than just individuals - collectively rallies around a goal of personal value, it unleashes a process that creates better work and better lives.

Michael Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society's biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he's biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit — which lets that solution grow.

Steve Rogers, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

Award winning professor, entrepreneur, and author; Steven Rogers has been heralded throughout his career for his accomplishments in business and education. As a 26-time recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award from the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management's Executive Program, alongside being named one of the top 150 influential people in America by Ebony Magazine in 2009, and receiving the 'Bicentennial Medal for Distinguished Achievement' from his alma-mater Williams College, Steven Rogers' pedigree is as long as it is impressive. He is now a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.


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