Douglas Ready

Senior Lecturer


Doug Ready is Senior Lecturer in Organization Effectiveness at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research into aligning purpose, performance, and principles has led to the popular concept of implementing a company's Collective Ambition. Dr. Ready's research and writing also focuses on strategic talent management and enterprise-wide change. He has authored numerous highly popular Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review articles on these topics, including "The Power of Collective Ambition", "Make Your Company a Talent Factory", and "Leading at the Enterprise Level", among others.

Ready is also the Founder and President of the International Consortium for Executive Development Research (ICEDR), an internationally renowned collaborative in talent management and leadership development, comprised of many of the world's leading companies and business schools. Professor Ready works with top management teams, helping them to mobilize their leaders to bring about large-scale change. He has led major change and leadership development initiatives for companies including: Continental AG, Ford Motor Company, Four Seasons, Hess Oil, HSBC, LG Group, PwC, Royal Bank of Canada, Samsung Group, and United Technologies Corporation.

In 2013, Dr. Ready was named to the Thinkers50 list, a global ranking of the world's leading management thinkers.

Ready holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a Masters from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and the PhD from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.

Faculty Media

  • Doug Ready's Big Idea

    Doug Ready's Big Idea

  • MIT Sloan professor ranked one of fifty top global management thinkers

    MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Douglas Ready has been named one of the 2013 Thinkers50 top global management thinkers. The biennial publication is recognized as the go-to source of the most influential...

  • Building a Game-Changing Talent Strategy

    Doug Ready, Faculty Director for our new Building Game-Changing Organizations program, has a cover story in the January-February issue of Harvard Business Review.

  • Building game-changing organizations: A Q&A with Thinkers 50 winner Doug Ready

    MIT Sloan caught up with Ready to talk about the Thinkers 50 honor, how he brings leading management thinkers to the executive education program, and what he's working on next.

  • Leading at the Enterprise Level

    For the past couple of decades, companies have focused on creating strong leaders of business units and influential heads of functions men and women responsible for achieving results in one corner...

  • Why Leadership-Development Efforts Fail

    In the past couple of years, leadership has become the hottest topic in business. Companies see this hard-to-pin-down ability as essential to organizational success, and they want their executives...

  • Doug Ready named to the Thinkers50 list

    Doug Ready is the founder and CEO of the International Consortium for Executive development Research and senior lecturer at MITs Sloan School of Management. His articles in the Harvard Business...

  • Put the Company’s Interests Ahead of Your Unit’s

    Imagine that you’re running retail banking for a large, diversified financial services firm. You are focused on and rewarded for building the retail business. You’re a tremendous success. The CEO...


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