Brian Spisak
Research Associates

Brian Spisak

Research Associate

Health Policy and Management

bspisak@hsph.harvard.edu


Overview

I guide leaders on their digital journey using "Computational Leadership Science" (CLS) - a concept I developed (recently featured in HBR) connecting trailblazing science and technology, well-established leadership research, and invaluable knowledge gleaned from practice.

With CLS, leaders can better anticipate, address, mitigate, and even benefit from the tidal waves of disruption organizations are going to experience in the months and years ahead. For example, CLS will strengthen interpersonal relationships and morale in the era of remote working, increase DEI by separating a leader’s biased wants from their actual needs in hiring and promotion, mitigate fragile, “just in time” supply chains, and help corner the market on complexity with the power of quantum computing – the so-called “quantum advantage.”

My primary passion is helping leaders tackle difficult challenges. For example, as a science advisor for the United States Office of Naval Research and NATO, I explored methods for reducing intergroup conflict, and I'm presently working with several organizations to increase their resiliency, innovative output, and sustainability in the "new normal." As a co-founder of HSC Analytics, I'm also exploring (tech-driven) methods for increasing the pace and power of collective problem solving.

My research is published in top academic journals such as Academy of Management Review, Psychological Science, and The Leadership Quarterly. In addition, my contributions are featured in popular outlets such as Harvard Business Review, New Scientist, Time Magazine, and The Washington Post.

I'm originally from the USA and have since lived in the UK, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. When I'm not exploring human behavior and this beautiful planet, you'll likely find me powerlifting in the gym.

PhD, Social and Organizational Psychology
VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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