Teresa Amabile, Ph.D.

Author, TED Presenter, and Director of Research at Harvard Business School

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School. Originally educated as a chemist, Teresa received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. Her research investigates how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. Teresa’s research encompasses creativity, productivity, innovation, and subjective experience at work (inner work life, or the confluence of motivation, emotion, and perceptions).
Teresa’s most recent discoveries appear in her groundbreaking book, The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011) which was co-authored with her husband and collaborator, Steven Kramer, Ph.D.
In 2011 and 2013, Teresa was ranked among the Thinkers 50, the definitive listing of the world’s top business thinkers. Teresa was also awarded the Leadership Quarterly Best Paper Award by the Center for Creative Leadership in 2005 and the E. Paul Torrance Award by the Creativity Division of the National Association for Gifted Children in 1998.  Teresa has spoken to dozens of groups in business, government and education around the world, and has taught MBA and executive courses on creativity, leadership and ethics at Harvard Business School. Before moving to Harvard, she was a psychology professor at Brandeis University.
Teresa has served as the host-instructor of the 26-part series, Against All Odds: Inside Statistics, originally broadcast on PBS. She has served on numerous boards and has authored over a hundred articles, chapters and case studies, and has been featured in Fast Company, The Economist, U.S. News and World Report and on NPR to name a few.