Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School

Tsedal is the head of and teaches in the required first-year Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program. Tsedal also co-chairs the executive offering Leading Global Businesses. She teaches extensively in executive programs such as Global Strategic Management, Program for Leadership Development, and Harvard Business Analytics Program. Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious HBS Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education.

With her award-winning book, The Language of Global Success, Tsedal chronicles the unfettered behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years. She has also written extensively about how global teams succeed. Tsedal’s work also focuses on how to navigate the global and digital work environment on issues ranging from digital literacy, digital tools, the digital leader, leading agile teams to company-wide digital transformations.

Tsedal has published 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 widely covered in media outlets such as BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist.

Prior to her academic career, she spent ten years working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various roles 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, she is fluent in four languages.

Tsedal received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, specializing in Work, Technology and Organizations. She was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research. She was honored as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar, and a Thinkers50 2018 “On the Radar list” of emerging thinkers with the potential to make lasting contributions to management. Tsedal serves on the Board of Directors of Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc. (Strategic Committee) and is a member of Rakuten’s Advisory Board.

Awards & Honors
  • Received the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Honored as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar.
  • Received the 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 Briana Richardson. “Shellye Archambeau: Becoming a CEO (B).” Harvard Business School Supplement 420-073, June 2020.  View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and John Masko. “Shellye Archambeau: Becoming a CEO (A).” Harvard Business School Case 420-071, June 2020.  View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, Paul Leonardi, and Michael Norris. “Eric Hawkins Leading Agile Teams @ Digitally-Born AppFolio (B).” Harvard Business School Supplement 419-088, June 2019. (Revised February 2020.)  View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, Paul Leonardi, and Michael Norris. “Eric Hawkins Leading Agile Teams @ Digitally-Born AppFolio (A).” Harvard Business School Case 419-066, June 2019. (Revised February 2020.)  View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and Julia Kelley. “The Global-Local Tension: Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao Leading with ‘International Values and Local Roots’ (A) and (B).” Harvard Business School Teaching Note 419-063, June 2019.  View Details

Neeley, Tsedal, and JT Keller. “From Globalization to Dual Digital Transformation: CEO Thierry Breton Leading Atos Into ‘Digital Shockwaves’ (B).” Harvard Business School Supplement 419-046, April 2019.  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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