Michael Y. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD and studies novel and innovative approaches to organising. His current research focuses on radically decentralised systems and investigates how accountability is ensured without traditional managers, as well as, who thrives in such systems. His other research explores how teams can foster positive relational dynamics such as psychological safety and trust. He uses ethnographic methods and field experiments to study these phenomena.
Michael is also passionate about translating insights from research into practical tools and for practitioners. He teaches a 2-day course on collaborative leadership at Harvard and also works with leaders and organisations to help them cultivate more effective, engaging and empowering work environments.
Michael has worked in a variety of organisational contexts and sectors. Most recently, he served as an engagement leader for the Parthenon Group, a global management consulting firm, where he advised corporate, private equity, and social sector clients. He has also spent time in the technology industry - working at Google - and in the social sector where he helped clients measure and increase their social impact.
Michael earned his DBA in Management from Harvard Business School, an MBA from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and his AB from Harvard University (magna cum laude in Social Studies). He has trained in large group meeting facilitation and self-managed teaming as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and is an experienced student in Vipassana (Insight) meditation, having trained at Spirit Rock, one of the largest meditation centres in the United States.
Before COVID-19, workplace teams as we know them were changing. Will their evolution continue, or will we go backwards?