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Richard Hackman

Richard Hackman

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[Note: Professor Richard Hackman died of lung cancer on January 8, 2013. Social Psychology Network is maintaining this profile for visitors who wish to learn more about Professor Hackman's work.]

J. Richard Hackman is Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from MacMurray College and his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois. He taught at Yale for twenty years and then moved to his present position at Harvard.

Professor Hackman teaches and conducts research on a variety of topics in social and organizational psychology, including team performance, leadership effectiveness, and the design of self-managing teams and organizations. His most recent books are Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, which in 2004 won the Academy of Management’s Terry Award for the most outstanding management book of the year, and Senior Leadership Teams: What It Takes to Make Them Great (with Ruth Wageman, Debra Nunes, and James Burruss). He serves on the U. S. Intelligence Science Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

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Books:

Journal Articles:

  • Woolley, A. W., Gerbasi, M. E., Chabris, C.F., Kosslyn, S. M., & Hackman, J. R. (2008). Bringing in the experts: How team composition and collaborative planning jointly shape analytic effectiveness. Small Group Research, 39, 352-371.
  • Hackman, J. R., & Wageman, R. (2007). Asking the right questions about leadership. American Psychologist, 62, 43-47.
  • Hackman, J. R., & Wageman, R. (2005). When and how team leaders matter. Research in Organizational Behavior, 26, 37-74.
  • Hackman, J. R. (2003). Learning more from crossing levels: Evidence from airplanes, orchestras, and hospitals. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 1-18.
  • Allmendinger, J., Hackman, J. R., & Lehman, E. V. (1996). Life and work in symphony orchestras. The Musical Quarterly, 80, 194-219.

Other Publications:

  • Hackman, J. R., & Edmondson, A. C. (2008). Groups as agents of change. In T. Cummings (Ed.), Handbook of organization development (pp. 167-186). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Hackman, J. R., & Katz, N. (2010). Group behavior and performance. In S. T. Fiske, D. T. Gilbert, & G. Lindzey (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (5th ed., pp. 1208-1251). New York: Wiley.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Individual Behavior in Organizations
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Leadership and Group Performance
  • Managing Teams in Organizations
  • Personality, Groups, and Organizations
  • Professional Issues in Organizational Behavior
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Research Methodology
  • Social Psychology of Organizations
  • Statistics

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