Sinead O'Flanagan

Senior Lecturer, Leadership

Sinead O'Flanagan

Sinead O'Flanagan is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management.  She studies leader development using systems thinking-based tools and groundbreaking dynamic experiential practices designed to enhance the memory of lessons learned. Her interests include developing a leader’s capacity for creative decision making in the midst of uncertainty and for leading resourcefully across non-traditional boundaries.

O’Flanagan has developed various experiential leadership courses, including MIT’s Leadership Laboratory (L-Lab) along with colleagues Wanda Orlikowski, Peter Senge, and Jason Jay.  She continues to design field projects for L-Lab students, using a systems-thinking approach to explore the complex issues of leading global sustainable businesses. Flanagan has also cotaught leadership courses using acting and stage performance to examine risk-taking and other dynamic challenges associated with leadership.  Her most recently collaboration in experiential learning course development, is with the Asia School of Business (ASB) in Kuala Lumpur.

Formerly based in Silicon Valley, California, and London, UK, O’Flanagan has guided companies through major organizational change and restructuring initiatives. She has served as an executive consultant and as a leadership development coach in numerous corporations, including IHS Energy, Intel, Nortel, Pfizer Health Solutions, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Microsystems.

O’Flanagan holds an honors BSc in physics, from National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway and an MS in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.  During her PhD studies at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), she conducted her leadership fieldwork and held a research associate position at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.


General Expertise: Action learning; Business education; Change management; Cross-boundary leadership; Education; Experiential learning; Leadership; Leadership; Organizational change; Organizational learning; Systems thinking


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