She is an expert in leadership, teaming, and organisational learning, and her forthcoming book The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth summarises her two decades of pioneering research on psychological safety.
With articles in Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, and in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Journal, she has been recognised by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers since 2011.
Her prior books – Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy and Teaming to Innovate – explore teamwork in dynamic work environments. In Building the future: Big teaming for audacious innovation she examines the challenges and opportunities of teaming across industries.
Before her academic career she was director of research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on transformational change in large companies. In the early-1980s she worked as chief engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller clarifies Fuller's mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience.
Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.