Teresa Amabile Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Pioneering Scholarship in Creativity and Innovation

September 7, 2018 UPDATE

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am extremely pleased to share the news that my colleague, Teresa Amabile, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Management (Organizational Behavior Division) for her scholarly and pioneering contributions on the role and importance of creativity in the practice of management.

It has been our privilege over the last 35 years to collaborate with Teresa when she was using her pioneering scholarship to unleash the creativity and innovation with clients like 3M, P&G and Siemens, among others. At 3M, Teresa anchored a thought leader panel on the topic of “breakthrough innovation” for the CEO, C-Suite and 30 top global executives. Our collaboration at P&G led to the design and launching of Corporate New Ventures, later responsible for the creation of Swiffer, Whitestrips and ThermaCare. So, we have seen first-hand that Teresa is a true pioneer in both the theory and practice of creativity in organizations.

We are looking forward to many more years of collaboration with Teresa on the topic of creativity and innovation with our Strategy Innovation clients.

You can congratulate and connect with Teresa here:

Follow Teresa on Twitter: @TeresaAmabile

[DOWNLOAD] Tips from Teresa’s book, The Progress Principle

Warm regards,

Bob Johnston, Founder and Managing Associate, Strategy Innovation Group, LLC

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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. In 2011, Teresa was ranked 18 on the Thinkers 50, the definitive listing of the world’s top business thinkers.


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Teresa Amabile is a renaissance woman when it comes to her multi-faceted gift to inspire others to understand, appreciate and realize their creative potential. As a Harvard Business School professor, pioneering researcher and author, speaker and consultant, Teresa creates new value in every facet of her work. And she is the newest member of the Strategy Innovation Group team!


Our collaboration with Teresa is also multi-faceted:

  • Together we served on the Creative Education Foundation Board and the faculty of the Creative Problem Solving Institute

  • We retained Teresa for key projects at 3M, P&G, and Siemens, and for client work in South Africa

  • Together with Dorie Shallcross, we co-founded Global Odyssey for Youth (now Youthwise)

  • And, for a celebratory costume banquet, we marveled at her ability to become Judge Ito (OJ Simpson’s judge), complete with black robe and mustache.


Currently a Director of Research at the Harvard Business School, Teresa conducts research encompassing creativity, productivity, innovation, inner work life, and career transitions. Teresa was ranked 18 on the Thinkers 50, the definitive listing of the world’s top business thinkers. When you type “creativity” on Google Scholar, her name heads the list. Her most recent book is The Progress Principle, written with husband and collaborator Steven Kramer.

Teresa will lead projects for the Strategy Innovation Group and provide additional depth across all of our practice areas.  In particular, we are excited about Teresa’s expertise and experience in the area of assessing and transforming corporate cultures to achieve higher levels of creative and innovative performance. With Stan Gryskiewicz, Teresa did the research that led to the KEYS® survey to assess the climate for creativity and innovation.

Follow Teresa on Twitter: @TeresaAmabile

[Download Tips from The Progress Principle]