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Ep. 2 Structuring for Innovation, Anat Lechner, NYU

January 13, 2023 Anat Lechner Season 1 Episode 2
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Ep. 2 Structuring for Innovation, Anat Lechner, NYU
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Join Suzan and NYU's Anat Lechner as they discuss the importance of psychological safety in building a structure within organizations to support innovation and realize change.

January 2023
ExecU Podcast
Episode 2: Structuring for Innovation with Anat Lechner, New York University (NYU)


Anat Lechner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at NYU Stern. Professor Lechner earned her Ph.D. in Organization Management from Rutgers University in 2000. She is also the recipient of the GE Teaching Excellence award. Professor Lechner's research focuses on how organizations can best structure to develop innovation capabilities and outcomes. Her research encompasses various areas including the effective leverage of multidisciplinary teams, leading adaptive change, and the development of workplace environments supportive of creativity and innovation.

Her current work looks at the complexities of managing high performance cross-functional teams, and the ways by which physical workplace environments enable organization members to cope with uncertainty, change, and the demand for increased innovativeness.

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“When an environment becomes psychologically unsafe for people, many retreat, or in any case [are] thrown out of balance. So instead of being assertive you'll either become more aggressive or you'll become more defensive…”

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