Professor of Business Administration, Director of Research; Harvard Business School
Originally educated and employed as a chemist, Teresa received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. An internationally recognized expert on the creativity and productivity of knowledge workers, she is widely respected for her work on innovation and the organizational conditions that facilitate individual motivation, creative productivity, and well-being. Her decades of research have yielded methods for assessing creativity, productivity, motivation, and the work environment, as well as a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating innovation.
At Harvard Business School, she has served in several leadership positions, including member of the Dean’s Operating Group, advising the Dean on all matters of strategic importance to HBS; Senior Associate Dean and head of the Division of Research; and unit head of Entrepreneurial Management.
In 2011 and 2013, Teresa was named to the Thinkers 50, a biennial list of the most influential business thinkers worldwide. She is the author of The Progress Principle, named one of the best business books of 2011 by The Washington Post, as well as Creativity in Context and over 150 papers, chapters, case studies, and presentations. She has worked with and presented the managerial implications of her research to various groups in business, government, and education, including the World Economic Forum, Apple, Pixar, Google, IDEO, Johnson & Johnson, Genentech, Grunenthal Pharma, Novartis, TEDx Atlanta, Harvard Medical School, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Amabile created the MBA course Managing for Creativity at HBS, and has taught thousands of MBA, executive, and doctoral students. She was the host/instructor of Against All Odds: Inside Statistics, a 26-part instructional series originally produced for broadcast on PBS.
Teresa has been a director of Seaman Corporation for 15 years, serving on the Leadership and Compensation Committee as well as the Innovation and Technology Committee. She is also a trustee of Canisius College, serving on the Executive Committee, Academics Committee, and Mission and Identity Committee, which she chairs. Previously, she served on the boards of Harvard Business Publishing Company and the Creative Education Foundation.