Sydney Finkelstein

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Sydney Finkelstein
Alma materConcordia University
London School of Economics
Columbia University
OccupationAuthor, management consultant

Not to confused with Sidney Finkelstein (1904-1974)

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management[1] and faculty director of the Tuck Executive Program (TEP) at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is also the faculty director of the Center for Leadership at Tuck. His specialty is business leadership and strategy.

Finkelstein earned a B.Comm degree from Concordia University in 1980 and later an M.Sc. at the London School of Economics followed by a Ph.D. in Management of Organizations from Columbia University in 1988. He taught at Concordia University and the University of Southern California. He was named a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2007,[2] and also contributes to[3] and Forbes.[4]

Books and articles[edit]

Finkelstein has published 20 books and 79 articles. He has edited the series Advances in mergers and acquisitions. (Emerald Press).

Academic books[edit]

  • Sydney Finkelstein, Donald C. Hambrick, Albert A. Cannella; Strategic leadership: theory and research on executives, top management teams, and boards; New York; Oxford University Press; 2009. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 542 libraries[5]
  • Sydney Finkelstein, Donald C. Hambrick; Strategic leadership: top executives and their effects on organizations; Minneapolis/St. Paul; West Pub. Co.; 1996.

Popular books[edit]

  • Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent; New York, Portfolio/Penguin; 2016.
  • Why Smart Executives Fail; New York; Portfolio; 2003. The book is based on a six-year study of 51 companies and 200 interviews of business leaders.
  • Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep it From Happening to You; Boston, MA; Harvard Business Press; 2009. Co-authored with Jo Whitehead and Andrew Campbell. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 424 libraries[6]
  • Breakout strategy: meeting the challenge of double-digit growth; New York; McGraw-Hill; 2007. Co-authored with Charles Harvey and Thomas C Lawton

Management and Leadership[edit]

Finkelstein urges leaders to handle direct reports like educators. The Management professor and author said the teacher-leader meets subordinates face to face on a regular basis and convey lessons regarding life, how to become professional, and points of dexterity.[7] Sydney Finkelstein considers revival of the talent pool as among the most essential achievements of a leader in helping the organization to survive and grow. His Book, “Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent" reviews the persons in various industries capable of growing human capital efficiently more than others.[8]


  1. ^ James Nelson (2005). "THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ; Sydney Finkelstein - Lifting the darkness around leadership failures". New Zealand Management. Mediaweb Ltd. Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Current AOM Fellows, Academy of Management
  3. ^ "Sydney Finkelstein at".
  4. ^ "Sydney Finkelstein at Forbes".
  5. ^ WorldCat book entry
  6. ^ WorldCat book entry
  7. ^ "Why Leaders Should Make a Habit of Teaching". Harvard Business Review. 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  8. ^ "Secrets of the Superbosses". Harvard Business Review. 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2018-05-30.