Francesca Gino is a behavioral scientist whose latest research shows how conformity is costly to ourselves in terms of our wellbeing and to the organizations we are part of, as it lowers engagement, productivity and innovation. Her research suggests that, despite the fact that being inauthentic feels morally wrong, it is the approach we often use in our social interactions, with consequences we fail to predict –from not getting the job or the date we hoped for and giving up in the face of challenges, to failing to voice our concerns or point to injustice and not getting the support one needs to succeed. Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, has authored or co-authored over 100 academic papers and many Harvard Business Review articles. Her studies have also been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio.
Francesca has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. In 2015, Francesca was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their “40 under 40,” a listing of the world’s best business school professors under the age of 40.