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Rosabeth M. Kanter
Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School. The former Editor of Harvard Business Review (1989-1992), Professor Kanter has been named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Accenture and Thinkers 50 research).

Professor Kanter is the author or co-author of 17 books, which have been translated into 17 languages. Her most recent book is Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End (a New York Times business and #1 Business Week bestseller). Her 18th book will appear in June 2009, under the tentative title, SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Opportunities, Profit, Growth, and Social Good.

Her classic prizewinning book, Men & Women of the Corporation (which won the C. Wright Mills award winner for the year’s best book on social issues) offered insight to countless individuals and organizations about corporate careers and the individual and organizational factors that promote success. Another award-winning book, When Giants Learn to Dance, showed how to master the new terms of competition at the dawn of the global information age. World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy identified the rise of new business networks and analyzed dilemmas of globalization. America the Principled: 6 Opportunities for Becoming a Can-Do Nation Once Again provided a new direction for the United States on the cusp of the Presidential election.

She has received 22 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards and prizes for her books and articles; for example, her book The Change Masters was named one of the most influential business books of the 20th century (Financial Times). Through Goodmeasure Inc., the consulting group she co-founded, she has partnered with IBM on applying her leadership tools from business to other sectors; she is a Senior Advisor for IBM’s Global Citizenship portfolio. She advises CEOs of large and small companies, has served on numerous business and non-profit boards and national or regional commissions including the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, and speaks widely, often sharing the platform with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and CEOs at national and international events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship. Professor Kanter sits on the National Board of Trustees for City Year and is the Chair/Founding Director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.

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