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Ella Miron-Spektor

Professor of Organisational Behaviour


Ella Miron-Spektor is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and the INSEAD Dutch Alumni in Leadership, Diversity and Governance Fellow. She is broadly interested in how individuals and teams innovate and learn and how they cope with tensions and competing demands. Her recent research focuses on mindsets enabling individuals to innovate with scarce resources and on team formation processes that lead to entrepreneurial success. She also studies how individuals and teams evaluate and select creative ideas, learn from experience, and remain creative over time.

Professor Miron-Spektor received numerous awards and recognitions for her research including many best paper awards and best dissertation awards. Her work has been published in top management and psychology journals, including Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Harvard Business Review.

She received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Fulbright, and the European Commission (Marie Curie) to study team characteristics that foster innovation, learning, and entrepreneurial success. She also co-founded and co-direct the INSEAD-Israel Research Fund.

Professor Miron-Spektor serves as a Senior Editor at Organization Science, and she co-edited special issues on creativity and digital transformation in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Academy of Management Discoveries. Ella has co-organized several international conferences, including the Academy of Management Specialized Conference, “From-Start-up to Scale-Up” (2018), the Israel Organizational Behavior Conference (2018, 2023), and the Paradox Subtrack at the European Group for Organization Studies (2015, 2018).

At INSEAD, Ella teaches Organizational Behavior (core) in the MBA program, L.E.A.D in the Master in Management program, as well as in the Ph.D. program. In Executive Education programs, she teaches modules on leadership in volatile times, creativity and innovation, cross-cultural communication, and team management. She teaches and consults companies from various industries and sectors such as Microsoft, Cleveland Clinic, Alstom, Merck, emb-papst, Trendyol, Bank Hapoalim, Elbit Systems, FMB, and others. Throughout her career, she received many Outstanding teaching awards. She was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the favorite business professors of the MBA class of 2022.

Before joining INSEAD, she taught at Carnegie Mellon University, was an Associate Professor at the Technion and a visiting professor at Bayes Business School in London. Ella has lived in the Middle East, North America, and Europe. Currently, she resides in France and teaches on the different INSEAD campuses.

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Leadership & Organisations

How Women Leaders Benefit From Using Humour

Ella Miron-Spektor

New research suggests that being funny helps leaders gain influence, and that women benefit more than men from using humour in public speaking.
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Leadership & Organisations

The Special Bond Behind Every Brilliant Idea

M. Lazar, E. Miron-Spektor, J. Mueller

The way we view ourselves shapes the way we develop and connect with our own ideas.

Leadership & Organisations

Paradox Mindset: The Source of Remarkable Creativity in Teams

E. Miron-Spektor, K. Emich, L. Argote, W. Smith

Teams are more successful if they embrace internal differences and explore conflicting ideas instead of glossing over them.

Leadership & Organisations

Mixing Business and Pleasure for Competitive Advantage

E. Miron-Spektor, M. Lazar

A recent study shows how entrepreneurial team formation can be improved by combining two established strategies.

Leadership & Organisations

Why Some Employees Improve Their Creativity and Others Don’t

Ella Miron-Spektor

How our beliefs about creativity explain our ability to improve and sustain it over time.

Leadership & Organisations

You May Be More Original Than You Think

Ella Miron-Spektor

The assumption that others are similar to us could undermine idea generation.