Author to Discuss Connections Between Bees and Business

March 10, 2010 Mike O

Michael O’Malley, author of The Wisdom of Bees: What the Hive Can Teach Business about Leadership, Efficiency, and Growth, will speak at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on Friday, March 19. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 415.

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The presentation will review the efficient organization created by honeybees during a 100 million-year period. In particular, four meta-principles for honeybees’ success will be reviewed: future focus, decentralized authority, managed flexibility, and systemic well-being -- with specific implications for peopled organizations.

The question “How can my organization survive and grow while wasting as little energy and resources as possible?” is answered through the cumulative lessons of the hive, which provides a way of conceptualizing the workplace and a company’s institutional strategies and operations. The lessons set forth collectively reflect the honeybees’ best case for the management of a productive society.

O'Malley was asked to speak by Professors Robin Dillon-Merrill and Catherine Tinsley at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business because of the relationship of his work to their work in homeland security, specifically how organizations in the intelligence community should work to develop trust and information sharing relationships.

O’Malley currently is the executive editor for business, economics, and law at the Yale University Press, where he has published several award-winning books, such as The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism (John Bogle), Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism (William Baumol, Robert Litan, and Carl Schramm), Green to Gold (Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston), Nudge (Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein), and Sixty to Zero (Alex Taylor). He has taught at the University of Colorado and Columbia University, and has consulted to more than 200 companies in the areas of organizational change and leadership. He is the best-selling author of Are You Paid What You're Worth?, Creating Commitment, Leading with Kindness, and The Wisdom of Bees. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in social psychology and quantitative methods from Vanderbilt University.