Deborah Ancona


Seley Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor of Organization Studies
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center

 

Deborah AnconaDeborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Director of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Her pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. This research directly led to the concept of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Ancona’s work also focuses on the concept of distributed leadership and on the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level.

She is the author of the book, X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (Harvard Business School Press, June 2007) and the related article, “In Praise of the Incomplete Leader” (Harvard Business Review, Feb. 2007). In addition to X-Teams, her studies of team performance also have been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Sloan Management Review. Her previous book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes (South-Western College Publishing, 1999, 2005), centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s diverse and changing organization. Ancona has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to companies such as AT&T, BP, Credit Suisse First Boston, Hewlett-Packard, Merrill Lynch, News Corporation, and Vale.

Ancona holds a BA and an MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in management from Columbia University.


Faculty Media

  • MIT Sloan: Professor on 'The 4 Capabilities of Leadership'

    Professor Deborah Ancona explains why sense-making, relating, visioning and inventing are vital to leadership and how these can be put into practice.


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  • MIT Sloan, Part 1: Leading in Uncertain Times

    Deborah Ancona, Faculty Director of the Leadership Center, delivers a three-part video lecture on how successful teams operate. In this Part One, Professor Ancona explains why sense-making,...


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  • MIT Sloan, Part 2: The Four Capabilities of Leadership

    Deborah Ancona, Faculty Director of the Leadership Center, delivers a three-part video lecture on how successful teams operate. In this part two, she describes the key attributes of a successful...


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  • MIT Sloan, Part 3: Distribution of Leadership

    Deborah Ancona, Faculty Director of the Leadership Center, delivers a three-part video lecture on how successful teams operate. In this Part Three, she discusses the distribution of leadership.


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  • The Comparative Advantage of X-Teams

    Often teams that seem to be doing everything right establishing clear roles and responsibilities, building trust among members, defining goals nevertheless see their projects fail or get axed. We...


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  • Four Must-Have Skills for Today's Leaders

    Deborah Ancona, Professor of Organization Studies at MIT Sloan, has spent the last year researching the competitive advantage of dynamic capability leaders. Says Ancona, "The greatest strength of a...


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  • The CEO Isn't the Only Leader Any More

    MIT's Deborah Ancona discuss leadership with Karl Moore of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.


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  • Video: The Two Most Underrated Leadership Skills

    Watch this video interview with MIT Sloan's Deborah Ancona on key but lesser valued leadership traits.


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  • How to Combat Team Failure and Drive Innovation Using the X Team

    Critical studies show that the real work of successful innovation starts and ends with the team, and that the way we build and manage teams is what is truly responsible for the success or failure...


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  • How to Reward Your Stellar Team

    A few decades ago, companies were struggling with how to measure and reward individual performance. But in their quest do so, many overreached, says Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain & Company and...


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Fax: 617-253-2660
Email: ancona@mit.edu
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