Deborah Ancona

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

Biography | Selected Publications

“Teamwork from the Inside Out.” Ancona, Deborah, David F. Caldwell, and Henrik Bresman. In K. Elsbach, Kayes, and Kayes (eds.) Contemporary Organizational Behavior in Action. Pearson, Prentice Hall, 2012.

"Sensemaking: Framing and Acting in the Unknown." Ancona, Deborah. In S. Scott, N. Nohria, R. Khurana (eds.), Handbook of Leadership Education. Sage, 2011.

"Leadership Capabilities: Exercise them to develop a signature style." Ancona, Deborah, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge. Leadership Excellence. February 2010. 

“Distributed Leadership: Going from Pyramids to Networks.” Ancona, Deborah, E. Backman (January 2010). Leadership Excellence, 27(1). 

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

"Building an External Focus: Avoiding the Difficulties of an In-Grown Team." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell. In S. Schuman (ed.) Handbook For Working WIth Difficult Groups. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2010

Distributed Leadership: Going from Pyramids to Networks (2010)

“X-Teams.” Ancona, Deborah, and Henrik Bresman. PKU Magazine, July 2009.

"The X-Factor: Six Steps to Leading High-Performing Teams." Ancona, Deborah, Henrik Bresman, David F. Caldwell (2009). Organizational Dynamics, 38(3): 217-224.    (2009)

“X-Teams: New Ways of Leading in a New World.” Ancona, Deborah, Elaine Backman, Henrik Bresman. Ivey Business Journal, May/June 2008.

“X-Teams for Innovation.” Ancona, Deborah, and Henrik Bresman. ASK Magazine: The NASA Source for Project Management and Engineering Excellence/APPEL. Issue 30, Spring 2008.

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

"Improving The Performance of New Product Teams." Ancona, Deborah, David F. Caldwell (September-October 2007). Research Technology Management, 50(5). 

"The X-Team." Ancona, Deborah, and Henrik Bresman. World Business. May 2007.

"In Praise of the Incomplete Leader." Ancona, Deborah, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge (February 2007). Harvard Business Review, Vol. 85, No. 2.

“In Praise of the Incomplete Leader.” Ancona, Deborah, Thomas W. Malone, Wanda J. Orlikowski, and Peter M. Senge (2007). Harvard Business Review, Vol. 85, No. 2. (2007)

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

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

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

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

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

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

“A Look at Groups from a Functional Perspective." Hollingshead, Andrea B., Gwen Wittenbaum, Deborah G. Ancona, Karen H. Jehn, Paul B. Paulus, Randy Y. Hirokawa, Kay Yoon, and Randall Peterson. In M. S. Poole & A. B. Hollingshead (Eds.) Theories of Small Groups: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc, 2004.

Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes. Deborah Ancona, Maureen Scully, John Van Maanen, and D. Eleanor Westney, Cincinnati, OH: South-Western College Publishing, 1996. Second edition, 1999; Third edition, 2004.

“The Effect of Temporal Entrainment on the Ability of Teams to Change their Routines.” Zellmer-Bruhn, Mary, Mary J. Waller, and Deborah Ancona. In 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." Wittenbaum, Gwen M., Andrea B. Hollingshead, Paul B. Paulus, Randy Y. Hirokawa, Deborah G. Ancona, Randall S. Peterson, Karen A. Jehn, and Kay Yoon (2004). Small Group Research, 35:1: 17-43. (2004)

“Tune Up Your Leadership.” Ancona, Deborah (2003). Compass: A Journal of Leadership, 1: 46-47. (2003)

“The Comparative Advantage of X-Teams.” Ancona, Deborah, Henrik Bresman, and Katrin Kaeufer (2002). Sloan Management Review, 43(3): 33-39. (2002)

"Taking Time to Integrate Temporal Research." Ancona, Deborah, Gerardo A. Okhuysen, and Leslie A. Perlow (October 2001). Academy of Management Review, 26(4): 512-529.

"Time: A New Research Lens." Ancona, Deborah, Paul S. Goodman, Barbara S. Lawrence, and Michael L. Tushman (October 2001). Academy of Management Review, 26(4): 645-663.

Taking Time To Integrate Temporal Research (2001)

“Compose Teams to Assure Successful Boundary Activity.” Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell. In E.A. Locke (ed.) Basic Principles of Organizational Behavior: A Handbook. 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.” Ancona, Deborah, and Chee-Leong Chong. In E. Mannix and M. Neale (eds.), Research on Managing in Groups and Teams. Volume 2, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press Inc., 1999.

“Effects of external contacts and internal make-up on entrepreneurial team performance.” Foo, Maw-Der, Deborah Ancona, and Jean Jacques Degrood. In 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. Ancona, Deborah. OH: South-Western College Publishing, 1996 (2nd edition, 1999).

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

Teams at the Top: Managing the Madness (1998)

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

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

"Entrainment: Pace, Cycle, and Rhythm in Organizational Behavior." Ancona, Deborah, and Chee-Leong Chong (1996). Research in Organizational Behavior, 18: 251-284. (1996)

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

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

Time and Timing in Top Management Teams (1993)

"Bridging the Boundary: External Activity and Performance in Organizational Teams." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell (December 1992). Administrative Science Quarterly, 37(4): 634-665.

"Timing is Everything: Entrainment and Performance in Organizational Theory." Ancona, Deborah, and Chee-Leong Chong. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, August, 1992.

“Cross Functional Teams: Blessing or Curse for New Product Development.” Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell. In Kochan, Thomas, and Michael Useem (Eds.),Transforming Organizations. Oxford University Press, 1992, 154-168.

"Demography and Design: Predictors of New Product Team Performance." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell (1992). Organization Science, 3(3): 321-341. (1992)

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)

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

"Outward Bound: Strategies for Team Survival in the Organization." Ancona, Deborah (1991). Academy of Management Journal, 33(2): 334-365.  (1991)

"Performance Strategies for Interdependent Organizational Teams." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell. Best Papers Proceedings. Academy of Management, 1991.

"The Group and What Happens on the Way to 'Yes'." Ancona, Deborah, Ray Friedman, and Deborah M. Kolb (1991). The Negotiation Journal, 7: 155-174. (1991)

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

"Beyond Boundary Spanning: Managing External Dependence in Product Development Teams." Ancona, Deborah, David F. Caldwell (1990). Journal of High-Technology Management Research, 1: 119-135. (1990)

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

"Improving the Performance of New Product Teams." Deborah Ancona, and David F. Caldwell (1990). Research Technology Management.  (1990)

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

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

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

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

Top Management Teams: Preparing for the Revolution (1989)

"Beyond Task and Maintenance: Defining External Functions in Groups." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell (1988). Group and Organization Studies, 13: 468-494. (1988)

"Managing New Product Teams in High Technology Companies." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell. 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." Ancona, Deborah. In C. Hendrick (Ed.) Annual Review of Personality and Social Psychology: Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, Ltd., 1987.

"Management Issues in New Product Teams in High Technology Companies." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell. Advances in Industrial Relations, Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, Inc., 1987.

Understanding the Task of the New Product Team (1987)

"Group Decision Making Under Threat: The Tycoon Game." Gladstein, Deborah, and Nora P. Reilly (1985). Academy of Management Journal, 28(3): 613-627. (1985)

"Boundary Management in New Product Teams." Ancona, Deborah, and David F. Caldwell (1985). Academy of Management Proceedings, 1: 161-165.  (1985)

"Attempting Work Reform: The Case of Parkside Hospital." Hanlon, Martin, David A. Nadler, and Deborah Gladstein. New York: Wiley, Inc., 1985. 

"Making Decisions and Producing Action: The Two Faces of Strategy." Gladstein, Deborah, and James Bryant Quinn. In H. Pennings (ed.) Organizational Strategy and Change, JosseyBass, 1985.

"Groups in Context: A Model of Task Group Effectiveness.” Gladstein, Deborah (1984). Administrative Science Quarterly, 29(4): 499-517. (1984)

"Improving the Quality of Work Life in Hospitals: A Case Study." Gladstein, Deborah, and Deborah Gladstein, Michelle Hanlon (1984). Hospital and Health Sciences Administration, 29(5): 94-107. (1984)

 

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