Nitin Nohria

While every CEO talks about managing for the long term, the reality is that the crush of immediate concerns and the uncertainty of the future lead them to focus on the short term. This tension between long-term intention and short-term action is one of the great challenges of modern management.

What the Brightest Scholars Say about Leadership

As a subject of scholarly inquiry, leadership—and who leaders are, what makes them tick, how they affect others—has been neglected for decades. The Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice, edited by Harvard Business School’s Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana, brings together some of the best minds on this important subject. Q&A with Khurana, plus book excerpt.

Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice

The study of leadership suffers intellectual neglect and has yet to be considered a serious academic discipline. And though the mission statements of most business schools profess to ‘develop leaders who make a difference in the world’, these same schools produce hardly any serious scholarship or research to advance our understanding of leadership. To fill this void, Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana have invited leading … [ Read more ]

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices

Harvard Business School professors Lawrence and Nohria here present a sociobiological theory of motivation, claiming that humans possess four basic drives to acquire, to bond, to learn, and to defend. What makes their theory novel is the way they apply it to the workplace. The authors use historical case studies to show that successful organizations are those that give their employees opportunities to fulfill all … [ Read more ]

How To Build Collaborative Advantage

As the traditional advantages of scale and scope begin to lose their potency, the familiar concept of internal collaboration represents a powerful new source of competitive advantage for multinational companies.

Is Business Management a Profession?

If management was a licensed profession on a par with law or medicine, there might be fewer opportunities for corporate bad guys.

What Really Works: The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success

Based on the results of the five-year Evergreen Project, the authors find that corporate success requires the mastery of six management practices. Four are mandatory – focused strategy, flawless execution, performance-based culture, and flat organizations. The final two may be chosen from a set of four secondary practices – workforce development, committed leadership, continuous innovation, or partnering.

Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Organizations

In this first look at a new book, HBS professors Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria explore how human nature shapes business organizations. Does your organization reflect the four basic human drives (acquiring, bonding, learning, and defending)? Plus: Q&A.