Tsedal Neeley is a top virtual work and organizational change expert and the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her talks focus on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile. A sought-after speaker with extensive international experience, she is fluent in four languages.
Neeley has recently broken the record for the most-viewed video on Harvard Business School’s YouTube page. Surpassing 1 Million views, “Take a Seat in the Harvard MBA Case Classroom” gives viewers a glimpse into Neeley guiding her MBA students through the unique HBS’s Case Method teaching style. YouTube commenters are loving Neeley’s passion and commitment to her teaching, and so do her keynote audiences.
Her forthcoming book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere (2021, Harper Collins Business), provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations. Recently featured in Publisher’s Weekly Best Books, Remote Work Revolution highlights the massive shift to a virtual workplace: now even more relevant amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Her award-winning book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years.
Her HBS case, Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work. She has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review, and her work has been widely covered in media outlets such as BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist.
Prior to her academic career, Tsedal spent ten years working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various roles, including strategies for global customer experience, 360-degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures. She holds a patent for her software simulation on global collaboration and is a member of Rakuten’s Advisory Board.
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Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. At Harvard, Tsedal heads and teaches in the first-year required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively. The course addresses group behavior and performance, organization design, change and how to align people behind a common vision. With Bill George and Krishna Palepu, she co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as Harvard Business Analytics Program. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc. (Strategic Committee).
Tsedal received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, specializing in Work, Technology, and Organizations. Tsedal was named to Thinkers50 2018 On the Radar list for making lasting contributions to management, honored as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar, and was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research.