Teresa Amabile

Creativity, Productivity, and the Psychology of Everyday Work Life

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School. Originally educated as a chemist, Teresa received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She studies how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their performance. Teresa’s research encompasses creativity, productivity, innovation, and inner work life – the confluence of emotions, perceptions, and motivation that people experience as they react to events at work.

Teresa has presented her research in many venues, including TEDx Atlanta. Visit the speaking page to watch the TEDx video. In 2011, Teresa was ranked 18 on the Thinkers 50, the definitive listing of the world’s top business thinkers.

  • Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work

    What really sets the best managers above the rest? It's their power to build a cadre of employees who have great inner work lives – consistently positive emotions; strong motivation; and favorable perceptions of the organization, their work, and their colleagues.

  • Speaking

    Teresa Amabile is an accomplished speaker in the field of business management, educating and inspiring audiences with lectures, workshops, and interactive discussions. She has worked with groups as small as 15 and as large as several thousand, in for-profit businesses, non-for-profit organizations, and a variety of associations.

  • Consulting

    Teresa consults to firms of all sizes on creativity, innovation, and employee engagement. With the aim of both increasing insight and galvanizing action, she works with managers to diagnose, challenge, and support positive change in their day-by-day people-management practices.