2011 Ranking: #18
Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award
Shortlisted: 2011 Thinkers50 Innovation Award
Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and also a director of research at the School. Well-known for her work on creativity, she has recently focused more broadly on organizational life and its influence on people and their performance.
Amabile is the author and co-author of a number of books, including her most recent, The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work (2011). In The Progress Principle, Amabile shows how apparently insignificant everyday events in the workplace can affect the working lives and the performance of individuals. The book draws on the findings from a long running multi-study research program, including analysis of some 12,000 diary-entries from over 200 employees in seven companies.
Previous books by Amabile include Creativity in Context: Update to the Social Psychology of Creativity (1996), and Growing Up Creative: Nurturing a Lifetime of Creativity (1989).