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Colin M. Fisher is a scholar, author, and teacher of team leadership and creativity. As an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Boston University’s School of Management, Colin teaches executives, MBAs, and undergraduates about leading teams that foster creativity, learning, and effective decision-making. He was recently awarded Boston University’s Peter Paul Career Development Professorship for outstanding early-career faculty. Colin’s research examines both how people read and respond to new collaborative situations, and how temporal dynamics affect group processes and outcomes in three areas: (1) team leadership and coaching, (2) creativity and improvisation, and (3) group decision-making and negotiations. His research has been published in numerous scholarly journals and book chapters, and has been honored with the Academy of Management’s Newman Award for Best Paper Based on a Dissertation (2010), the State Farm Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award (2008) and the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division’s Best Symposium Award (2012). Colin received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Social Psychology from Harvard University/Harvard Business School. He also studied improvisation in the arts at New York University (M.A.) and jazz trumpet at New England Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.). In his work as a professional jazz trumpet player, Colin was a long-time member of Either/Orchestra (1998-2006), with whom he toured the U.S., Europe, and Africa and recorded several critically-acclaimed albums.

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    Ph D, Harvard University, Organizational Behavior, 2010.

    AM, Harvard University, Social Psychology, 2007.

    MA, New York University, Improvisation, 2002.

    Bachelor of Music, New England Conservatory of Music, Jazz Trumpet, 2000.

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    GSM OB847 F1 Managing High Performance Teams and Groups

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    Journal Articles:

      Amabile, T., Fisher, C., Pillemer, J., (2014). IDEO’s culture of helping. Harvard Business Review,

      Fisher, C. M., Amabile, T. M., (2009). Creatividad, improvisación y organizaciones. Harvard Duesto Business Review,

      Fisher, C. M., Amabile, T. M., (2009). Creativity, improvisation, and organizations. Rotman Magazine,

      Wageman, R., Fisher, C. M., Hackman, J. R., (2009). Timing is everything: The importance of finding the right moment in leading teams. Organizational Dynamics, 38(3), 192-203.

      Balachandra, L., Barrett, F., Bellman, H., Fisher, C. M., Susskind, L., (2005). Improvisation and mediation: Balancing acts. Negotiation Journal,

    Book Chapters:

      Amabile, T., Fisher, C., (2009). Stimulate creativity by fueling passion, : In E. Locke (Ed.) Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behavior (2nd Edition). John Wiley & Sons: West Sussex, U.K., pp 481-497.


      Fisher, C. M., Amabile, T. M., (2009). Creativity, improvisation, and organizations., : In T. Rickards, M.A. Runco, & S. Moger (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Creativity. Routledge: New York, 13-24..


      Lingo, E., fisher, C., McGinn, K., (Accepted). Negotiation processes as sources of (and solutions to) interorganizational conflict., : In N. M. Ashansky, O.B. Ayoko, & K. A. Jehn (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Conflict Management. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, U.K..


      Wageman, R., fisher, C., (Accepted). Who’s in Charge Here? The Team Leadership Implications of Authority Structure, Oxford: In D. Day (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Leadership and Organizations. Oxford University Press.


    Working Papers:

      Wageman, R., Fisher, C. M., Wolff, S., Alter, E., Group types, group direction, and the effectiveness of volunteer self-governing groups. : Working Paper.


      Fisher, C., Pillemer, J., Amabile, T., Help me help you: The role of diagnostic congruence in helping within organizations.

      Goh, K., Fisher, C., Sommer, S., New beginnings: The influence of temporal structure on team learning and performance.

      Fisher, C., Wageman, R., Hackman, J., Now or later? How role definitions and experience shape the timing and form of team coaching interventions.

      Fisher, C., Jang, S., Hackman, J., We’re halfway there? A closer look at when, why, and how task groups transition.

      Fisher, C., When the time is right: How the timing of formal interventions affects group process and decisions..

      Fisher, C., Wang, L., Han, J., Pan, P., Willing to learn? A longitudinal study of shared leadership and team learning in self-managing teams.

    Other Publications:

      Fisher, C., (2013). Creative collaboration: Innovation and creativity in teams.: In R. Wageman (Ed.), Team Effectiveness. The Marketing & Management Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd.: London..


      Fisher, C., (2010). Better lagged than never: The lagged effects of process interventions on group decisions..: In L.A. Toombs (Ed.), Best Paper Proceedings of the Seventieth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (CD), ISSN 1543-8643..


      Fisher, C. M., (2007). What team leaders see: Towards an understanding of the timing of team leader coaching interventions (Report No. 6.: Washington, D.C.: Intelligence Technology Innovation Center at the Central Intelligence Agency..


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