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Julie Battilana

“Through my research and teaching, I aspire to equip and empower those who tackle the pressing social and environmental problems that we face.”

 Julie Battilana is a professor of organizational behavior and social innovation at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is also the founder and faculty chair of the Social Innovation and Change Initiative. Originally from France, she received a joint PhD from INSEAD and from École Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay. Over the past fifteen years, Battilana has studied the politics of change in organizations and in society while teaching on power and leadership. She has advised change-makers around the world in the public, private, and social sectors. She is also the cofounder of the Democratizing Work initiative, a global alliance of researchers and practitioners collaborating toward a more just, green, and fair economic system. 

Her research has been featured in the Boston GlobeForbesHuffington Post, the GuardianHarvard Business Review, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is the author of two books: The Working Manifesto, co-authored with Isabelle Ferreras and Dominique Méda (Forthcoming, University of Chicago Press, originally published in French by Le Seuil, 2020), and Power, for All: How it Really Works and Why It Is Everyone’s Business co-authored with Tiziana Casciaro (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2021).