Isaac Getz

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Isaac Getz is an author, conference speaker, and currently holds the post of Professor at ESCP Business School. He specializes in the areas of organizational behavior, leadership and organizational transformation and has been instrumental for the corporate liberation movement involving hundreds of companies and institutions.[1][2][3]


In 2009, he co-published the book Freedom, Inc. with Brian M. Carney, which introduced the concept of “freedom-based company” or “liberated company”. Based on the field study of several dozen companies, such as W. L. Gore, USAA, Harley Davidson, Sun Hydraulics, Richards Group, IDEO, Chaparral Steel, FAVI, and SOL, it described the role of corporate—liberating—leaders to build organizational environment based on freedom and responsibility.[4][5][6][7] The revised and expanded edition has been published in 2016. Book’s editions have also appeared in Sweden, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, India, Israel, China, Romania, Italy, Spain, and South Korea and is forthcoming in Japan. In 2019, he co-published the book L'entreprise altruiste with Laurent Marbacher, which introduced the concept of the “altruistic corporation”.


Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • The article "Liberating Leadership: How the initiative-freeing radical organizational form has been successfully adopted", California Management Review received the Academic Award from SYNTEC Management Consulting in 2010 for the best article of a French researcher in the category “Management / Human Resources / Organization".[22][23]
  • The 2016 study by FNEGE (French national foundation for management education) of 1600 French managers ranked Isaac Getz as the fourth most influential living author in the world, in the field of management.[24][25][3]
  • Thinkers50 have shortlisted Isaac’s work on corporate liberation and on the altruistic corporation for its 2019 Breakthrough Idea Award.[26]
  • Marconi Institute for Creativity, part of the Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi gave Isaac Getz the 2020 Marconi Creativity Award for "his groundbreaking work on creative organizational approaches based on freedom and altruism."[27]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Isaac Getz, "Hierarchies are unnatural – it's time for a liberating revolution", in People Management". Retrieved 20 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Andrew Hill, "Power to the workers: Michelin's great experiment"". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Adam Gale, "Employee engagement: The French way", Management Today, January 24, 2017". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ "How Labor Is Liberated". WSJ. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  5. ^ Schramm, Carl J. (19 October 2009). "Capitalist Liberation". Forbes. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Bill Gore's Formula for Failure". strategy+business. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Brian Carney & Isaac Getz, "Give Your Team the Freedom to Do the Work They Think Matters Most"". Harvard Business Review online. Archived from the original on 17 September 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  8. ^ "How Labor Is Liberated". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  9. ^ Carl J. Schramm. "Capitalist Liberation". Forbes. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  10. ^ Paul B. Brown. "Helpful Hints From the Printed Page". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  11. ^ David DesRosiers. "Publisher's Picks: Top Books of 2009". RealClearMarkets. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  12. ^ Harvey Schachter. "Freedom: the avenue to employee engagement Freer workers are better workers". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  13. ^ Régine Turmeau. "4 idées à retenir de " La liberté, ça marche ! "". Les Echos. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  14. ^ Christophe Bys. "Interview management". L'Usine Nouvelle. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  15. ^ Régine Turmeau. "Les 7 idées de... " Leadership sans ego "". Les Echos. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  16. ^ Sally Percy. "Five Insightful Business Books To Read During Covid-19". Forbes. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  17. ^ Isaac Getz. "Real leaders need to lose the ego". Management Today. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  18. ^ Margherita Nasi. "Comment lier entreprise et progrès social". Le Monde.
  19. ^ Bruno Jacquot. "L'altruisme, stade suprême du capitalisme". Le Figaro.
  20. ^ Isaac Getz & Laurent Marbacher. "Altruism can be good for business, as these companies show". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 9 September 2020.
  21. ^ "Brightline Publishes New Books to Support Leaders on Understanding and Delivering Transformation Initiatives". Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  22. ^ "Remise des trophées de la deuxième édition du prix académique Syntec Conseil en management". (in French). 1 May 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Interview Isaac Getz - Freedom Incs". Youtube. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  24. ^ "M. Kalika, S. Liarte, & J. Moscarola, " Enquête FNEGE sur l'impact de la recherche en management "" (PDF). Fnege. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  25. ^ "FNEGE study Top 50 Ranking" (PDF). Iseor-formations. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  27. ^ "MIC Conference 2020 programme" (PDF). Marconi Institute for Creativity. Retrieved 17 September 2020.

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