J. Richard Hackman, Ph.D. Professor of Social & Organizational Psychology This Emotional Life - PBS

Experts Biography

Awards and Credentials

  1. Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association’s Division on Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  2. Distinguished Educator Award and Distinguished Scholar Award of the Academy of Management

J. Richard Hackman, Ph.D.


Dr. Hackman is the Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on a variety of topics in social and organizational psychology, including group behavior and performance, leadership effectiveness, and the design of self- managing teams. His studies have included analyses of the dynamics of aircraft flight deck crews, professional symphony and chamber orchestras, and intelligence analysis teams.

Dr. Hackman received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from MacMurray College and his doctorate in social psychology from the University of Illinois. He taught at Yale for 20 years before moving to Harvard. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Leading Teams: Setting the Stage for Great Performances, which in 2004 won the Academy of Management’s Terry Award for the most outstanding management book of the year. Dr. Hackman serves on the Intelligence Science Board of the Director of National Intelligence and on the Board of Trustees of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.