Rosabeth Moss Kanter

United States
Born on 15 Mar 1943
Professor of Business


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To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.

Men and Women of the Corporation (1977)
Companies gain the advantage of a network at a price; they become dependent on outsiders whose behavior can affect them but who they do not control.

'How E-Smart Are You?,' World Link (2000)
Hoarding information or getting it first was one way managers in traditional companies expressed their power. But information blockages make the whole system less effective.

'How E-Smart Are You?,' World Link (2000)
Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.
By empowering others, a leader does not decrease his power, instead he may increase it—especially if the whole organization performs better.

Men and Women of the Corporation (1997)
Throughout human history, people have developed strong loyalties to traditions, rituals, and symbols. In the most effective organizations, they are not only respected but celebrated. It is no coincidence that the most highly admired corporations are also among the most profitable.
Tensions and conflict between work life and personal life will never be fully resolved... We must give people the support they need to pursue business opportunities fully without shortchanging the human relationships that are of equal importance.

When Giants Learn to Dance: Mastering the Challenges of Strategy, Management and Careers in the 1990s (1992)
You've no future unless you add value and create projects.

Interview (1989)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."