Deborah Ancona

Seley Distinguished Professor of Management
Professor of Organization Studies
Director, MIT Leadership Center

Biography | Selected Publications

Ancona, D., Caldwell, D, & Bresman, H.  “Teamwork from the Inside Out.” Contemporary Organizational Behavior in Action, K. Elsbach, Kayes, and Kayes (eds), Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2012.

Ancona, D. “Sensemaking:  A Core Leadership Capability. “Handbook of Leadership Education, S. Scott, N. Nohria, R. Khurana (eds.), Sage, 2011.

“Distributed Leadership: Going from Pyramids to Networks.” Ancona, D., Backman, E., Leadership Excellence, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2010.

“On the inside looking out: Why teams need to complement their internal focus with external networking.” Ancona, D., Bresman, H., The FOCUS online, Egon Zehnder International, January 2010.

“Leadership Capabilities: Exercise them to develop a signature style.” Ancona, D., Malone, T., Orlikowski, W., Senge, P., Leadership Excellence, February 2010.

“X-Teams.” PKU Magazine, Ancona, D. and Bresman, H., July 2009.

 “X-Teams for Innovation.” Ancona, D. and Bresman, H., ASK Magazine (Academy Sharing Knowledge) The NASA Source for Project Management and Engineering Excellence/APPEL, issue #30, Spring 2008

“X-Teams: New Ways of Leading in a New World” Ancona, D., Backman, E., and Bresman, H., Ivey Business Journal, May/June 2008.

 “X-Teams.” Ancona, D. and Bresman, H., Business Digest: Theories et Pratiques Innovantes en Management et Strategie (in French), no. 178, October 2007.

“The X-team.” Ancona, D. G. and Bresman, H., World Business, 2007.

“In Praise of the Incomplete Leader.” Ancona, D., Malone, T.W., Orlikowski, W.J., and Senge, P.M.  Harvard Business Review, 2011 (2007), Vol. 85, No. 2. (2007)

In Praise of the Incomplete Leader. Harvard Business Review, February 2007, Vol. 85, No. 2.

Ancona, D. and Isaacs, B.  “Structural Relations in Teams.” Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation.  J. Dutton, B.R. Ragins (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.

Structural Relations in Teams. Exploring Positive Relationships at Work: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation. J. Dutton, B.R. Ragins (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.

Ancona D.G. and Waller, M.J. "The Dance of Entrainment: Temporally Navigating across Multiple Pacers," Research in the Sociology of Work, B. A. Rubin (ed.), Amsterdam: JAI, Elsevier Press, 2007.

The X-team. World Business, May 2007.

X-Teams: How To Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed. Harvard Business School Press, 2007.

Ancona, D. and Bresman, H.  “Begging, Borrowing, and Building on Ideas from the Outside to Create Pulsed Innovation Inside Teams.” Creativity and Innovation in Organizational Teams. L. Thompson, H.S. Choi (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006.

Ancona, D.  “Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty”.  Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes.  Ancona, D., Kochan, T., Scully, M., Van Maanen, J., and Westney, E. (Eds.) South-Western College Publishing, 2005.

Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty. Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. Ancona, D., Kochan, T., Scully, M., Van Maanen, J., and Westney, E. (Eds.) South-Western College Publishing, 2005.

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. South-Western College Publishing, 1996, 1999 (2nd Ed.), 2005 (3rd Ed.)

The Functional Perspective. The Handbook of Group Research and Practice. S. Wheelan (ed.), Sage Publications, Inc. 2005.

Ancona, D., and Cumming, J. N.  "The Functional Perspective.”  The Handbook of Group Research and Practice. S. Wheelan (ed.), Sage Publications, Inc. 2005.

Ancona, D., Hollingshead, A.B., Wittenbaum, G.M., Paulus, P., Hirokawa, R., Peterson, R., Jehn, K., and Yoon, K.  “A Look at Groups from a Functional Perspective."  Theories of Small Groups: Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  M. S. Poole & A. B. Hollingshead (Eds.), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc, 2004.

Ancona, D., Waller, M.J., and Zellmer Bruhn, M.E.  “The Effect of Temporal Entrainment on the Ability of Teams to Change their Routines”. Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Time in Groups, 2004, Volume 6, 135-158, Greenwich CT: JAI Press Inc.

The Effect of Temporal Entrainment on the Ability of Teams to Change their Routines. Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Time in Groups, 2004, Volume 6, 135-158, Greenwich CT: JAI Press Inc.

The functional perspective as a lens for understanding groups. 2004. Small Group Research, 35:1, 17-43.

Tune Up Your Leadership. Compass: A Journal of Leadership, 2003, Volume 1, 46-47.

 “Tune Up Your Leadership”. Ancona, D. Compass: A Journal of Leadership, 2003, Volume 1, 46-47.

Ancona, D., Bresman, H., & Kaufer, K. “The Comparative Advantage of X-Teams.”  Sloan Management Review, Spring 2002, Vol. 43, No.3, pp.33-39.

Taking Time To Integrate Temporal Research (2001)

Taking Time to Integrate Temporal Research. Academy of Management Review, October 2001, 26: 512-529.

Time: A New Research Lens. Academy of Management Review, October 2001, 26: 645-663.

Ancona, D. and Caldwell, D.  “Compose Teams to Assure Successful BoundaryActivity.”  Basic Principles of Organizational Behavior: A Handbook, E.A. Locke (ed.), Blackwell Publishers, rev. 2009 (2000). (2000)

Compose Teams to Assure Successful Boundary Activity (1999)

Cycles and Synchrony: The Temporal Role of Context in Team Behavior (1999)

Cycles and Synchrony: The Temporal Role of Context in Team Behavior. Research on Managing in Groups and Teams, E. Mannix and M. Neale (eds.),Volume 2, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press Inc., 1999.

Ancona, D. and Chong, C.  “Cycles and Synchrony: The Temporal Role of Context in Team Behavior.”  Research on Managing in Groups and Teams, E. Mannix and M. Neale (eds.),Volume 2, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press Inc., 1999.

Ancona, D., and Degrood J.  “Effects of external contacts and internal make-up on entrepreneurial team performance”  Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, pp. 1-15, 1999

Effects of external contacts and internal make-up on entrepreneurial team performance. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, pp. 1-15, 1999.

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. OH: South-Western College Publishing, 1996 (2nd edition, 1999).

Rethinking Team Composition From the Outside. Research on Managing in Groups and Teams. E. Mannix and M. Neale (eds.), Volume 1, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press Inc., 1998.

Ancona, D. and Caldwell, D. “Rethinking Team Composition From the Outside.”  Research on Managing in Groups and Teams.  E. Mannix and M. Neale (eds.), Volume 1, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press Inc., 1998.

Ancona, D. “Teams at the Top: Managing the Madness.”  Navigating Change, D.C. Hambrick, D.A. Nadler, and M.L. Tushman (eds.), Harvard Business School Press, 1998.

Teams at the Top: Managing the Madness. Navigating Change, D.C. Hambrick, D.A. Nadler, and M.L. Tushman (eds.), Harvard Business School Press, 1998.

Teams at the Top: Managing the Madness (1998)

Ancona, D. and Caldwell, D.  “Making Teamwork Work: Boundary Management in Product Development Teams.” Managing Strategic Innovation and Change, A Collection of Readings, M.L. Tushman and P. Anderson, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997

Making Teamwork Work: Boundary Management in Product Development Teams." Managing Strategic Innovation and Change, A Collection of Readings, M.L. Tushman and P. Anderson, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Entrainment: Pace, Cycle, and Rhythm in Organizational Behavior. Research in Organizational Behavior, 1996, 18: 251-284.

Culture, Module 10: Managing for the Future (Gi - Organizational Behavior Series). Cincinatti: South-Western Publishing Co., 1995.

The Classics and the Contemporary: A New Blend of Small Group Theory. Social Psychology in Organizations: Advances in Theory and Research. K. Murnighan (Ed.), Prentice Hall, 1993, 225-243.

Ancona, D. “The Classics and the Contemporary: A New Blend of Small Group Theory.” Social Psychology in Organizations:  Advances in Theory and Research.  K. Murnighan (Ed.), Prentice Hall, 1993, 225-243.

Time and Timing in Top Management Teams (1993)

Bridging the Boundary: External Activity and Performance in Organizational Teams Administrative Science Quarterly, December 1992, 37: 634-665.

Cross Functional Teams: Blessing or Curse for New Product Development Transforming Organizations. T. Kochan and M. Useem (Eds.), Oxford University Press, 1992, 154-168. Reprinted in MIT Management, Spring 1991, 11-16.

Ancona, D. and Caldwell, D.  “Cross Functional Teams:  Blessing or Curse for New Product Development.”  Transforming Organizations.  T. Kochan and M. Useem (Eds.), Oxford University Press, 1992, 154-168.

Demography and Design: Predictors of New Product Team Performance. Organization Science, 1992, 3(3): 321-341.

Entrainment: Cycles and Synergy in Organizational Behavior (1992)

Speeding Product Development: Making Teamwork Work (1992)

The Classics and the Contemporary: A New Blend of a small Group Theoryq (1992)

Timing is Everything: Entrainment and Performance in Organizational Theory. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, August, 1992.

Demography and Design: Predictors of New Product Team Performance (1991)

Outward Bound: Strategies for Team Survival in the Organization. Academy of Management Journal, June 1990, 33(2): 334-365. Winner of Best Paper Award for 1990, Organization Behavior Division, Academy of Management, 1991.

Performance Strategies for Interdependent Organizational Teams, Best Papers Proceedings, Academy of Management, 1991.

The Group and What Happens on the Way to "Yes" (1991)

The Group and What Happens on the Way to 'Yes'. The Negotiation Journal, 1991, 7: 155-174.

"Top Management Teams: Preparing for the Revolution. Applied Social Psychology and Organization Settings". J. Carroll (Ed.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990.

Beyond Boundary Spanning: Managing External Dependence in Product Development Teams. Journal of High-Technology Management Research, 1990,1: 119-135.

Cross Functional Teams: Blessing or Curse for New Product Development (1990)

Improving the Performance of New Product Teams Research Technology Management. March-April 1990.

Information Technology and Work Groups: The Case of the New Product Teams. Intellectual Teamwork: Social and Technological Foundations of Cooperative Work. J. Galagher (Ed.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990, 173-190.

Ancona, D. and Caldwell, D.  “Information Technology and Work Groups:  The Case of theNew Product Teams.”  Intellectual Teamwork:  Social and Technological Foundations of Cooperative Work.  J. Galagher (Ed.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990, 173-190.

Ancona, D.  “Top Management Teams: Preparing for the Revolution.”  Applied Social Psychology and Organization Settings. J. Carroll (Ed.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1990.

Teamwork at the Top: Creating High Performing Executive Teams (1989)

Top Hats and Executive Tales: Designing the Senior Team. Sloan Management Review, Fall 1989, 19-28.

Ancona, D. and Nadler, D. “Top Hats and Executive Tales:  Designing the Senior Team.” Sloan Management Review, Fall 1989, Vol. 31, pp.19-28.

Top Management Teams: Preparing for the Revolution (1989)

Beyond Task and Maintenance: Defining External Functions in Groups. Group and Organization Studies, 1988, 13: 468-494.

Managing New Product Teams in High Technology Companies, Managing the High Technology Firm Proceedings, University of Colorado, 1988.

Process, Politics and Preparing for the Revolution in Top Management Teams (1988)

Groups in Organizations: "Extending Laboratory Models" Annual Review of Personality and Social Psychology: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. C. Hendrick (Ed.), Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, Ltd., 1987.

Management Issues in New Product Teams in High Technology Companies Advances in Industrial Relations, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, Inc., 1987.

Ancona, D. and Caldwell, D.  “Management Issues in New Product Teams in High Technology Companies”  Advances in Industrial Relations, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, Inc., 1987

Understanding the Task of the New Product Team (1987)

Boundary Management in New Product Teams. Academy of Management Proceedings, 1985.

Group Decision Making Under Threat: The Tycoon Game. Academy of Management Journal, 1985, 28: 613-627.

Making Decisions and Producing Action: The Two Faces of Strategy. Organizational Strategy and Change. H. Pennings (Ed.), JosseyBass, 1985.

Gladstein, D. and Quinn, J.B.  “Making Decisions and Producing Action: The Two Faces ofStrategy.”  Organizational Strategy and Change. H. Pennings (Ed.), Jossey–Bass, 1985

Groups in Context: A Model of Task Group Effectiveness.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 1984, 29: 499-517.

Improving the Quality of Work Life in Hospitals: A Case Study, Hospital and Health Sciences Administration, 1984, 29: 94-107.

 

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