Teresa M. Amabile

Teresa Amabile, Ph.D., is a Baker Foundation professor at Harvard Business School. Originally educated and employed as a chemist, Teresa received her Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University. Her current research investigates how life inside organizations can influence people and their performance, as well as how people approach and experience the transition to retirement. Originally focusing on individual creativity, Teresa's research expanded to encompass individual productivity, team creativity, and organizational innovation. Her 45-year program of research on how the work environment can influence creativity and motivation yielded a theory of creativity and innovation; methods for assessing creativity, motivation, and the work environment; and a set of prescriptions for maintaining and stimulating innovation.