Francesca Gino, Ph.D.

Behavioral Scientist, Harvard Business School Professor, and Author

Francesca Gino is a behavioral scientist whose latest research shows how conformity is costly to ourselves in terms of our wellbeing and to the organizations we are part of, as it lowers engagement, productivity and innovation. Her research suggests that, despite the fact that being inauthentic feels morally wrong, it is the approach we often use in our social interactions, with consequences we fail to predict –from not getting the job or the date we hoped for and giving up in the face of challenges, to failing to voice our concerns or point to injustice and not getting the support one needs to succeed. Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, has authored or co-authored over 100 academic papers and many Harvard Business Review articles. Her studies have also been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio.

Francesca has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. In 2015, Francesca was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their “40 under 40,” a listing of the world’s best business school professors under the age of 40. 

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Rebel Talent: Let Your Employees Rebel

September 26, 2017 | Francesca Gino

In this session, Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino will discuss her provocative new research on constructive non-conformity in the workplace – how letting employees break the rules and be themselves is the key to fixing the ...

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Breaking the Rules to Drive Success

July 24, 2017 | Francesca Gino

Conformity is a productivity killer. In this podcast, Harvard professor and author of Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life, Francesca Gino, reveals how letting employees rebel is key to creating an authentic, mission-driven organization. And it doesn’t take much – from language to behavior, getting comfortable with discomfort is a critical skill for the future. Learn about real-life examples of non-conformity in action, and how that has translated to efficiency, employee engagement, and company success.