J. Richard Hackman, the Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University, has been fascinated and frustrated with teams, in approximately equal measures, for his entire professional career. Although originally trained in mathematics at MacMurray College, he turned to social psychology for his doctoral work at the University of Illinois. He taught at Yale for twenty years, where he conducted research on a variety of topics in social and organizational psychology, and then moved to his present position at Harvard.

Throughout his career, Hackman has mixed studies of groups in the experimental laboratory ...

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