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Terri Griffith is Associate Dean and Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship in Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. She serves on the Human team for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc., and is one of the 100 honored members of the 2012 Silicon Valley Women of Influence. Her experience and expertise is unique, crossing organizational behavior and design, information technology design and use, and change management from engineering to agribusiness. This allows her to come up to speed quickly with problems and opportunities and then work creatively with organizations to find effective steps forward.

Her passion is understanding how new and old technologies, organizational practices, and people’s skills can be woven together to achieve strategic and performance targets today -- and how to learn from the results so tomorrow's performance is even better. Her main areas of research and consulting include:

  • Work design for innovation and high performance (including crowd-sourcing, artificial intelligence, the gig-economy, and broad organizational analysis)
  • Virtual team collaboration and knowledge management
  • Design thinking and negotiating change

Terri’s most popular presentation and workshop topics include:

  • Design and Lead 21st Century Organizations
  • Lead by Letting Go -- Hold Tight to Your Values and Relationships, Let Go of 20th Century Boundaries and Practices
  • Manage and Lead with All Your Human, Technical, and Organizational Resources: Becoming a “Plugged-in” Manager
  • Innovation Silicon Valley Style

Her award-winning book, The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive, offers clear examples and frameworks for succeeding now and in the future -- not just leadership, not just technology, but a powerful combination that leverages all your resources. She has offered programs and projects for companies and associations including Oracle, IBM, Cisco, ESADE, Sonera, SIM APC, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.

Through her blog, Technology and Organizations, and freelance work (Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review Blog, Women 2.0, MIT’s Sloan Management Review), she has the opportunity to follow organizational trends and the leaders who bring them to life. Her academic work is published in top journals such as: Organization Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, IEEE – Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Academy of Management Review. Some of this research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Terri also served as senior editor for Organization Science and associate editor for MIS Quarterly.

This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Society for Information Management Advanced Practices Council, and internal programs. Her undergraduate degree is from UC Berkeley; her master’s and doctorate are from Carnegie Mellon University. Link to Terri Griffith’s C.V.

Terri has over 25 years of working with leaders from companies large and small, global and local, traditional and cutting-edge. Some of these include:

Abengoa, Alliant Energy, Bank of America, BASF, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Cadence, Cardinal Health, Central Soya, Charter Steel, Cisco, Constellation Research, CVS Health, Cypress Semiconductor, CXC Technology, Finnair, General Electric Co., General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Greyhound Financial, Greenrock Real Estate Advisors, Hamilton Exhibits, IBM, IMS Health, Incyte Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, Eli Lilly and Company, Mastercard, Paccar, Inc, Perla del Sur Investment Group SAS, Oracle, Oshkosh Defense, Pioneer Hybrid, MentorNet, National Pension Commission, Republic Airline, Inc., Sonera, State Farm, Syngenta, United Nations Development Programme, Unity Bank, US Government, and Vestas.

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