Seley Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor of Organization Studies
Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center
Deborah Ancona's pioneering research explores how successful teams operate and the critical importance of managing both outside and inside the team's boundary. This research led directly to the concept of X-teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations and to the publication of her book, X-teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (Harvard Business School Press, June 2007).
Ancona's work also focuses on the concept of distributed leadership and the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level. This work was highlighted in the Harvard Business Review article, "In Praise of the Incomplete Leader" (February 2007).
Her studies of team performance have been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and the Sloan Management Review. Ancona's book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes (South-Western College Publishing, 1996, 1999, 2005), centers on the skills and processes needed to succeed in today's diverse and changing organization. She has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to premier 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.