Friday, September 11, 2015
1-2 PM Eastern Time
Simple Rules to Thrive With Complexity
Guest: Kathleen Eisenhardt and Mary Uhl-Bien
Join this provocative conversation! We spend a great deal of time trying to manage packed schedules, competing commitments, information overload, contradictory information and uncertainty. In their new book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, Kathleen Eisenhardt and her co-author Donald Sull distill their decade of research to provide a framework for developing and refining effective tools to help navigate personal and professional challenges. Mary Uhl-Bien is a scholar of complexity management and leadership.
Kathleen Eisenhardt is the S.W. Ascherman M.D. professor of strategy at Stanford’s School of Engineering. She is also co-director of the Stanford Technology Venture Program. She is the co-author of the award winning book Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, an Amazon Annual Top 10 Business and Investing book. Professor Eisenhardt's research focus is strategy and organization, especially in technology-based companies and high-velocity industries. She is currently studying the use of heuristics and other cognitive strategies, strategic interaction in new markets and novel ecosystems, and strategy making by boards of directors.
She has received the career Scholarly Contribution Award from the Academy of Management and the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. She has been honored by many other awards including the Irwin Award for her contributions in strategy, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Organization Theory and Management (OMT) and Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) divisions, the ASQ Scholarly Contribution award for the most influential paper five years after publication, and Strategic Management Society's Schendel Best Paper prize. She was recently noted as most cited research author in strategy and organization studies for the past 25 years. Professor Eisenhardt consults at senior levels with firms in industries ranging from Internet, telecommunications, software, and biotech to agribusiness, semiconductors, and clean tech.
Mary Uhl-Bien is professor of management and BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU). She has published more than 50 articles and manuscripts, five books, and a textbook on Organizational Behavior (John Wiley & Sons). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Sweden, Portugal and Spain. Mary’s research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership, and has appeared in many professional journals.
She has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her papers on complexity leadership theory and followership theory were recognized with Best Paper Awards. She is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series for Information Age Publishing, and is currently on or has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and The Leadership Quarterly. She is a founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) in the Academy of Management, and Division Chair for the OB Division in the Academy. Mary is active in executive education nationally and internationally, teaching for the Brookings Institute, the Gallup Organization, and universities in both the U.S. and Europe. She served as the executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998-2004. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico during the summer of 2003, trained Russian businesspeople for the American Russian Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993-1996 and worked on a USAID grant at the Magadan Pedagogical Institute in Magadan, Russia from 1995-1996.