MASTERS SERIES: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference

Continuous improvement, understanding complex systems and promoting innovation are all part of the landscape of the learning challenges companies face today. The pace of change and the fluidity of most work structures means that it's not really about creating effective teams anymore, but instead about leading effective teaming. This Masters Series demonstrates that organizations learn when the flexible, fluid collaborations they encompass are able to learn. The problem is teams, and other dynamic groups, don't learn naturally. Edmondson outlines the factors that prevent them from doing so, such as interpersonal fear, irrational beliefs about failure, groupthink, problematic power dynamics, and information hoarding. Learn how you can shape these factors by encouraging reflection, creating psychological safety, and overcoming defensive interpersonal dynamics that inhibit the sharing of ideas. You will also walk away with practical management strategies to help your organization realize the benefits inherent in both success and failure.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:15pm

Amy C. Edmondson

Amy C.

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012), and over seventy articles on leadership, teams, innovation, and organizational learning.  She teaches courses on leadership and organizational learning, has served on 30 doctoral committees, and is the author of more than 30 Harvard Business School case studies. She has received numerous awards, including the Accenture Award for significant contribution to improving the practice of management in 2004, the Cummings Award for mid-career achievement from the Academy of Management in 2006, and selection as one of the 20 Most Influential International Thinkers in Human Resources (#7) by HR Magazine in 2013.  Number 15 on the Thinkers50 list of the worlds’ most influential management thinkers, Edmondson speaks regularly on leadership and management in companies and conferences around the world. 

Paradise Event Center South
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Leadership & Navigation
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