About Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter is the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, specializing in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. She advises major corporations and governments worldwide, and is the author or co-author of 16 books, including her newest books, Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End and Evolve!: Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow. Other award-winning bestsellers include Men & Women of the Corporation, The Change Masters, When Giants Learn to Dance, World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter on the Frontiers of Management. In 2001, she received the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Career Award, its highest award for scholarly contributions, for her impact on management thought, and in 2002, she received the World Teleport Association’s Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year award.

Professor Kanter’s current work focuses on leadership of turnarounds – how winning streaks and losing streaks begin and end – which she is examining in businesses across a variety of industries, major league sports, inner-city schools, and countries whose economic fortunes have changed. She is also interested in the development of new leadership for the digital age – how to guide the transformation of large corporations, small and mid-sized businesses, healthcare, government, and education as they incorporate new technology, create new kinds of alliances and partnerships, work across boundaries and borders, respond to accountability demands, and take on new social responsibilities.

Kanter serves as a senior advisor to IBM’s award-winning Reinventing Education initiative, currently active in 21 sites in the United States and in eight other countries. She is partnering with IBM to bring her leadership models to K-12 education reform.

From 1997 to 1998, she conceived and led the Business Leadership in the Social Sector (BLSS) project at Harvard Business School, including CEOs, senators, and governors in dialogue and a call to action about public-private partnerships for change. From 1989 to 1992, she served as editor of the Harvard Business Review, which was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1991. She joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1986 from Yale University, where she held a tenured professorship starting in 1977; previously, she was a fellow in law and social science at Harvard Law School.

Professor Kanter has received 21 honorary doctoral degrees and more than a dozen leadership awards. She has been named to lists of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world (ranked in the top 10), the 100 most important women in America, and the 50 most powerful women in the world. Her public service activities span local and global interests. She has been a judge for the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership given at the White House, a member of the board of overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, is a fellow of the World Economic Forum, served on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Committee on Skills Gap of the 21st Century Work Force Council and the Massachusetts Governor’s Economic Council (for which she co-chaired the International Trade Task Force), led the effort to establish a Year 2000 Commission for legacy projects for Boston, and currently serves on the Massachusetts Convention Center authority board. She has been a corporate and pension fund director and sits on many civic and nonprofit boards, including City Year, the national urban youth service corps that was the model for Americorps and is now expanding internationally to South Africa and other countries.

Kanter co-founded Goodmeasure Inc., a consulting group, and also serves as a director or advisor for other companies. Her consulting clients include some of the world’s most prominent companies, and she has delivered keynote addresses for major events in the United States and dozens of other countries, sharing the platform with prime ministers and presidents. Goodmeasure Inc. has developed Web-based versions of her leadership and change tools to help embed them in the daily work of organizations everywhere.