Amy Edmondson

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Amy C. Edmondson
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationSocial science
Known forProfessor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School

Amy C. Edmondson is an American scholar of leadership, teaming, and organizational learning.[1] She is currently Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School.[2][3] Edmondson is the author of seven books and more than 75 articles and case studies.[4] She is best known for her pioneering work on psychological safety, which has helped spawn a large body of academic research in management, healthcare and education over the past 15 years. Her books include "Right Kind of Wrong, the Science of Failing Well" (September 5, 2023),[5] “The Fearless Organization,Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth” (2018)[6]) and “Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy” (2012).[7]


Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, MA in psychology, and BA in engineering and design from Harvard University.[8]


Edmondson studies teaming, psychological safety, and organizational learning, and her articles have been published numerous academic and management outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and California Management Review.[9]

Before joining Harvard, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. She also worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller.[9]

She has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list[10] of top management thinkers since 2011 (most recently number 13), and selected in 2019 as the number 1 most influential thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine.[4]


  • Winner of the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management.[11]
  • Named the Most Influential International Thinker in Human Resources by HR Magazine in 2019.[12]
  • Winner of the 2019 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award for being a “pioneer of psychological safety and author of The Fearless Organization, a ground-breaking blueprint on creating a fear-free culture.”[10]
  • Ranked #3 in the 2019 Thinkers50 list—a list of world's most influential management thinkers.[10]
  • The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (John Wiley & Sons, 2018) was named one of the Best International Non-Fiction Books of 2019 by the Sharjah International Book Fair.[13]
  • The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth (John Wiley & Sons, 2018) was listed as #14 on the Porchlight Business Best Seller list in 2019.[14]
  • Winner of the 2018 Sumantra Ghoshal Award for Rigour and Relevance in the Study of Management from London Business School.[15]
  • Winner of the First Annual OBHR Distinguished Scholar Award from Purdue University's Krannert School of Management in 2017.[16]
  • Awarded the Doctorem Honoris Causa from Universiteit Maastricht in 2013.[17][18]
  • Finalist for the 2019 McKinsey Award for the Best Article in Harvard Business Review for "Cross-Silo Leadership" (May–June 2019) with Tiziana Casciaro and Sujin Jang.[19]
  • Right Kind of Wrong was shortlisted for the FT Business Book of the Year for 2023[20]


Edmondson married George Q. Daley in 1995.[21]

Published works[edit]

  • Edmondson, A. (2018). The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth. (John Wiley & Sons) ISBN 978-1119477242
  • Edmondson, A & Jean-François Harvey (2017). Extreme Teaming: Lessons in Complex, Cross-Sector Leadership. (Emerald Publishing Limited). ISBN 978-1786354501
  • Edmondson, A & Susan Salter Reynolds. (2016). Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation. (Berret Kohlers Publishers, Inc). ISBN 978-1-62656-419-0
  • Edmondson, A. (2012). Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy. (John Wiley & Sons) ISBN 978-0-7879-7093-2
  • Edmondson, A. (2013) Teaming to Innovate. (John Wiley & Sons) ISBN 978-1118856277
  • Edmondson, A. (2023) Right Kind of Wrong. Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster). ISBN 9781982195069


  1. ^ Henn, Rebecca L; Hoffman, Andrew J. (2013). Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. p. 384. ISBN 9780262019415.
  2. ^ Herrman, John (2019-08-08). "Why Aren't We Talking About LinkedIn?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  3. ^ "737 Max Crashes Raised Questions About Boeing's Culture. Soon Its CEO Will Have to Answer Them". Fortune. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
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  5. ^ "Right Kind of Wrong".
  6. ^ "Make Your Employees Feel Psychologically Safe". HBS Working Knowledge. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2019-10-18.
  7. ^ "Amy Edmondson". Cross Knowledge. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Amy Edmondson". Institute of Education. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
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  11. ^ "ODC Distinguished Scholar Presentation: Amy Edmondson". AOM. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  12. ^ "HRMI 2019: Amy Edmondson tops list of influential thinkers". HR Magazine. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  13. ^ "38th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair inaugurated". Bahrain News Agency. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  14. ^ "Business Bestsellers". Porchlight Books. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  15. ^ "London Business School". 2010 - 2020 Ghoshal Award Winners. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  16. ^ "OBHR Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series, Amy C. Edmondson - Harvard School of Business". Purdue University. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Prof. Amy Edmondson Receives Honorary Doctorate from Maastricht University". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  18. ^ "Amy C. Edmondson receives honorary doctorate at 38th Dies Natalis Maastricht University". Talk In Business. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Harvard Business Review Announces 61st Annual HBR McKinsey Award Winners". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  20. ^ Hill, Andrew (2023-09-21). "FT Business Book of the Year 2023 — the shortlist". Financial Times. Retrieved 2023-09-24.
  21. ^ "Weddings - Amy Edmondson George Q Daley". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2021.