Isaac Getz is a professor of Leadership and Innovation Management at ESCP Europe. He has been Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Stanford University and at the University of Massachusetts. He graduated in Computer Science, then obtained a M.Sc. in Management Science, a Doctorate in Psychology and a post-doctoral degree (HDR) in Management.
Dr. Getz conducts research and publishes on diverse topics related to innovation, leadership, corporate change and growth.
He is an active speaker on the topics of innovation management, liberating leadership and corporate transformation, and employee initiative and involvement. He has given executive conferences and training seminars for numerous companies and organizations. His work on innovation and corporate transformation has brought him into over two hundred leading companies on four continents.
In 2003, Dr. Getz co-authored with Alan Robinson a book entitled InnovationsPOWER in German (also published in French, Dutch--new editions in 2007, Italian and Spanish) which details the key role of idea management in improving corporate financial performance, innovation, and profitable growth. It was one of the 3 finalists for the annual Manpower Best Book Award in France.
In 2009, he co-authored with Brian Carney a new media-acclaimed book Freedom, Inc. with Crown Business/Random House. Editions have appeared already in Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, China, India, and in France under the title Liberté & Cie (Fayard).
In 2010, his “Liberating Leadership” California Management Review article based on the book’s research won the Syntec Annual Award for the best academic article in the category Management/HR/Organization.
Freedom-based organizations and liberating leadership
[Freddom, Inc., Crown Business, 2009, written with Brian M. Carney].
Freedom Form Organizations are so successful and so unusual that to the thousands of people who visit them, these companies look like the realization of a utopia. They rise from disheartening beginnings or decades of bureaucratic stifling to unheard levels of success. Yet despite phenomenal business results of initiative-freeing organizational environments in such companies as FAVI in France, SOL in Finland, or Gore in USA, attempts to imitate them often fail.
In this book, Isaac Getz and Brian Carney described the keys to the transformational leadership required to build such "Freedom Incs" - how the liberating leaders set their employees free to achieve the unprecedented results, and how their lessons can be applied to firms in every industry, of any size, anywhere in the world.
Presenting the results of research involving several dozen companies and their leaders, the authors showed that, though radical, such initiative-freeing environments can and do succeed when leaders adopt a radically transformational, liberating style of leadership.