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Faculty Profile: Nancy Katz

Nancy Katz

Adjunct Professor in the Brandeis International Business School

Work teams; social capital and the network structure of teams; knowledge-sharing; balancing cooperation and competition; reward systems; distributive justice

Nancy Katz is a social psychologist who focuses on high performance work teams. She addresses questions like: What can a leader do to enhance the odds that his/her team will succeed? What key conditions must a leader must put in place before, during and after the team's work? When a team runs astray, what interventions are most likely to put the team back on track?

For 10 years, Katz was a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she instructed and advised graduate students and executives. She designed and taught some of the highest-rated and most popular courses at HKS, including "Leading Teams," "Managing People: Self, Relationships, and Teams," and "Social Psychology for Managers and Policy Analysts." She also taught many senior government managers from around the world in HKS Executive Education programs. Katz designed and co-chaired "Driving Organizational Performance," an executive education program based in Washington, D.C. for senior government managers. Katz has also taught in executive education at the Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University.


Katz was invited by the Undersecretary of Defense to advise the Pentagon Task Force for the Quadrennial Defense Review. She made recommendations on how to redesign work systems to enhance collaboration and information-sharing. She briefed senior officials at the Office of the Secretary of Defense on the need for organizational change and how to produce it.

Katz briefed the U.S. Comptroller General and the Chief of the Federal Aviation Administration on rewards and motivation in the public sector. She provided recommendations on how to maximize individual excellence and teamwork in their organizations.

B.A. in psychology, Harvard/Radcliffe College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Harvard University/Harvard Business School

Harvard University, Ph.D.
Harvard University, A.B.


Awards & Honors:
  • (2008) Manuel Carballo Teaching Prize