Homa Bahrami

Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business
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"In today’s fluid world, the essential leadership quality is continual adaptability to new realities. This is called Superflexibility."

Dr. Homa Bahrami leads and facilitates the New Manager Boot Camp. She is an international educator, advisor, and author, specializing in organizational flexibility & team effectiveness in dynamic, knowledge-based industries.

She is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business  (Haas Management of Organizations Group), University of California, Berkeley, where she has been on the faculty since 1986. She is the co-author of a major textbook (with Harold Leavitt) "Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations", published by the University of Chicago Press, and translated into many languages. Her latest book "Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises", published by Springer (second edition, 2009) focuses on practical approaches for organizing and leading knowledge workers in dynamic settings.

Homa serves on several boards in Silicon Valley and Europe and is active in executive education and executive development in the US, Europe, and Asia. She works with executive teams on complex reorganizations, team transitions, and team effectiveness, and with HR & OD professionals on executive development and learning interventions. She has worked with and trained many new managers in the life science and technology industries.

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Academic Background 

PhD, Organizational Behavior, Aston University

MSc, Industrial Administration, Aston University

BA with Honors, Sociology & Social Administration, Hull University

Publications & Media

Videos 

Homa Bahrami: Lessons From Silicon Valley

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Ways Leaders Can Improve Team Performance

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A Look Inside the New Manager Boot Camp

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Boot Camp for Experienced Leaders

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Bahrami: 3 Modes of Adaptation

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Advice to Leaders

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Books 

Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises: A Toolkit for Dynamic Adaptation

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Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations

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Papers & Articles 

Super-Flexibility & Thriving in a World of Constant Change

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Silicon Valley Adaptation Modes

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Tools to Diagnose Team Health

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Strategic Management in High-Technology Firms: An Exploratory Study

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Awards & Honors 
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program, 2007
  • 2005 “Most Influential Paper Award,” 1997-2000, Academy of Management , Conflict Management Division for “Being different yet feeling similar: The influence of demographic composition and organizational culture on work processes and outcomes” published in Admin. Science Quarterly, 1998,43 (4): 749-780 (with J. Polzer, S. Barsade , & M. Neale).
  • Accenture Award, for the article that “made the most important contribution to improving the practice of management” in California Management Review for “Leading by Leveraging Culture” (with S. Cha), 2004
  • L.L. Cummings Scholar Award, Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division, awarded for “outstanding achievement to one researcher in early mid-career,” 1998
  • Administrative Science Quarterly Award for Scholarly Contribution, for “the article that had the most impact on the field of organizational behavior over the past five years,” for Mixing and matching people and organizations: Selection and socialization in public accounting firms, published in ASQ in 1991, 1997
  • Schwabacher Research Award, Haas School of Business, 1996
  • Ascendant Scholar Award, Western Academy of Management, 1994
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Division for “Assessing the relationship between industry characteristics and organizational culture: How different can you be?” (with K. Jehn), 1991
Academic Background 

PhD, Organizational Behavior, Aston University

MSc, Industrial Administration, Aston University

BA with Honors, Sociology & Social Administration, Hull University

Publications & Media

Videos 

Homa Bahrami: Lessons From Silicon Valley

WATCH VIDEO

Ways Leaders Can Improve Team Performance

WATCH VIDEO

A Look Inside the New Manager Boot Camp

WATCH VIDEO

Boot Camp for Experienced Leaders

WATCH VIDEO

Bahrami: 3 Modes of Adaptation

WATCH VIDEO

Advice to Leaders

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE
Books 

Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises: A Toolkit for Dynamic Adaptation

VIEW BOOK

Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations

VIEW BOOK
VIEW MORE
Papers & Articles 

Super-Flexibility & Thriving in a World of Constant Change

VIEW PAPER

Silicon Valley Adaptation Modes

VIEW PAPER

Tools to Diagnose Team Health

VIEW PAPER

Strategic Management in High-Technology Firms: An Exploratory Study

VIEW PAPER
VIEW MORE