Tsedal Neeley is an associate professor in the Organizational Behavior unit at the Harvard Business School.

She has taught in both the MBA (LEAD, Leading Teams in a Global Economy, Field Global Immersion) and in various executive education programs such as Global Strategic Management. She currently teaches in the Executive Education offering “Program for Leadership Development.” Professor Neeley is a recipient of the HBS Charles M. Williams award for outstanding teaching in Executive Education.

Professor Neeley’s research focuses on the challenges that global collaborators face when they work across national boundaries.

Successful global collaboration can enable firms to capitalize on the promise of their global reach. To examine the communication challenges that global collaborators face, as well as potential solutions to those challenges, professor Neeley has identified key determinants of effectiveness in global work.

Professor Neeley has published her work in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review. Her research has been covered in many media outlets such as CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist.

Prior to her academic career, Professor Neeley spent ten years in industry working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various capacities including strategies for global customer experience, 360 degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures. With extensive international experience, Professor Neeley is fluent in four languages.

Professor Neeley received her Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering specializing in organizational studies. Professor Neeley was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research as well as the Stanford Distinguished Alumni Scholar.

Awards & Honors
  • Received the 2015 Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Honored as a 2013 Stanford Distinguished Alumni Scholar.
  • Received the 2006–2007 Stanford University Lieberman Fellowship award at the School of Engineering for excellence in teaching and research.

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Cases &
Teaching Materials

Neeley, Tsedal, and Nathan Overmeyer. “Global Leadership in a Dynamic and Evolving Region: Molinas @ The Coca-Cola Company (A, B, C, D).” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 417-084, April 2017. View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and Esel Çekin. “Global Leadership in a Dynamic and Evolving Region: Molinas @ The Coca-Cola Company (D).” Harvard Business School Supplement 417-071, April 2017. View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and Esel Çekin. “Global Leadership in a Dynamic and Evolving Region: Molinas @ The Coca-Cola Company (C).” Harvard Business School Supplement 417-070, April 2017. View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and Esel Çekin. “Global Leadership in a Dynamic and Evolving Region: Molinas @ The Coca-Cola Company (B).” Harvard Business School Supplement 417-069, April 2017. View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and Esel Çekin. “Global Leadership in a Dynamic and Evolving Region: Molinas @ The Coca-Cola Company (A).” Harvard Business School Case 417-068, April 2017. View Details

Neeley, Tsedal. “Leading Global Teams.” Harvard Business School Module Note 417-073, February 2017. View Details

Speaking & Consulting

Tsedal Neeley routinely delivers talks, seminars and executive sessions on topics of global work, global collaboration, and leading globally. She also advises firms on how to develop language and corporate culture strategies to help firms capitalize on the promise of their global reach.

Global Collaboration Software Simulation

This online simulation teaches students about the difficulties in cross-cultural communication and managing global teams. Communicating via chat, teams of 4 or 5 students race against the clock to prepare a VC presentation. Students are assigned the role of a native English speaker or a nonnative English speaker at their organization. The simulation constrains the ways in which the native and nonnative speakers can interact, and the resulting experience replicates communication patterns in real globally diverse and distributed teams. As their team struggles to collaborate, students experience first-hand how communication challenges can interfere with work goals.

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