Dorothy Leonard

William J. Abernathy Professor of Business Administration Emerita, Harvard Business School, and coauthor of Deep Smarts and Critical Knowledge Transfer

Dorothy Leonard is the William J. Abernathy Professor of Business Administration emerita at Harvard Business School. She served on the Harvard faculty for twenty years and before that taught at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her teaching, research, and consulting for major corporations and governments have focused on innovation, new-product development, creativity, and knowledge transfer. She served on a number of advisory boards and boards of directors for large and small companies.

Her more than one hundred publications appear in academic and practitioner journals and in books about innovation, knowledge assets, and human resource management. In addition, Professor Leonard has researched and written dozens of field-based text, video, and multi-media cases used in business school classrooms around the globe. Her book Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation, published by Harvard Business School Publishing in 1995 and 1998, was seminal in the field of knowledge management. She has written two prior books with Walter Swap. When Sparks Fly: Igniting Creativity in Groups was first published in 1999 and was awarded “Best Book on Creativity” by the European Association for Creativity and Innovation. The widely cited book Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom was published in 2005 and translated into a dozen languages. In 2011, a collection of Professor Leonard’s work, Managing Knowledge Assets, Creativity and Innovation, was issued by World Scientific. In 2013, she was appointed a Leonardo Laureate in Europe for her “thought leadership in Knowledge Management, Innovation and Creativity.”

In 2014, Dorothy Leonard, Gavin Barton and Walter Swap coauthored Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company's Deep Smarts(Harvard Business Review Press, 2014) – the latest must-have guide equipped with practical tools for retaining deep knowledge within your organization.

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