Curriculum Vitae of Michael Maccoby

Prior Positions

President, The Maccoby Group., Washington, D.C.
Director, Project on Technology, Work and Character.

Academic Positions

Instructor, College of the University of Chicago (Social Sciences 2), 1955-56; Teaching Fellow, Harvard Department of Social Relations, 1957-60; Secretary to Committee on Educational Policy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1956-60; Visiting Professor, School of Political and Social Sciences, National University of Mexico, 1960; Professor, Graduate course in Clinical Psychology, Mexican Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1964-66; Professor Cornell Summer School, 1966; Visiting Professor in Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1967-68; Faculty Member, Mexican Institute of Psychoanalysis, 1970-75; Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, D.C., 1969-75; Faculty Member, Washington School of Psychiatry, 1975-87; Director, Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development, J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, 1978-1990; Adjunct Research Fellow, Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School, Harvard, 1990-93, Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011, Assoicate Fellow, Saïd Business School, Oxford 2004-2014.

Consultancies (partial listing)

AT&T, 1977-2000; Communications Workers of America, 1980-88, 1993-94, 2002; A.B. Volvo, 1975-90; U.S. Department of Commerce, 1977-81; U.S. Department of State 1978-84; World Bank, 1978-80, 1988-89, 1995-99; Swedish Council on Management and Work Life Issues, 1982-87; Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman and International Masonry Institute, 1984-2000; Library of Congress, 1988; Facilitator, National Leadership Commission on Health Care, 1986-88; National Coalition on Health Care, 1989-; American Federation of Teachers, 1990-92 & 2004; The MITRE Corporation, 1990-96; Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, 1992-93; Cultor, 1988-1999; ABB, 1988-1999; Swedbank, 1987-2000; Georgetown University Medical Center, 1995-96; Scripps Healthcare, 1998-2000; Penn State Medical Center, Geisinger Healthcare, 1998-1999; George Washington University, 1999-2005; DAI 2000-2008; US Army Corps of Engineers, 2007; BT, 2007-2008, Airgas, 2013; Petrotrin, 2013.

Books Authored

Leadership, Psychoanalysis, and Societyedited with Mauricio Cortina
Routledge, May 10, 2022
Psychoanalytic and Historical Perspectives on the Leadership of Donald Trump: Narcissism and Marketing in an Age of Anxiety and Distrust
edited with Ken Fuschman
Routledge, May 20, 2020
Strategic Intelligence, Conceptual Tools for Leading Change
Oxford University Press, 2015.
Transforming Health Care Leadership: A Systems Guide to Improve Patient Care, Decrease Costs, and Improve Population Health
with Clifford L. Norman, C. Jane Norman, and Richard Margolies
San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2013.
The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow
Harvard Business School Press, 2007.
Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails.
Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2007. (paperback)
Agents of Change: Crossing the Post-Industrial Design
with Charles Heckscher, Rafael Ramirez, and Pierre-Eric Tixier.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
The Productive Narcissist: The Promise and Peril of Visionary Leadership
New York: Broadway Books, 2003.
Social Character in a Mexican Village
with Erich Fromm
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1970. Reprinted with new introduction, Transaction Press, 1996.
A Prophetic Analyst: Erich Fromm’s Contributions to Psychoanalysis
Mauricio Cortina and Michael Maccoby, editors.
Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1996.
Why Work?: Motivating the New Workforce
Second Edition, Miles River Press: Alexandria, VA, 1995.
Sweden At the Edge: Lessons For American and Swedish Managers
Editor., Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.
Leadership for Sweden
with Anders Edstrom, Stromberg Lennart, and Jan Erik Rendahl.
Lund, Sweden: Liber, 1985.
The Leader: A New Face for American Management
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981.
The Gamesman: The New Corporate Leaders
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1976.
Social Character and Social Change in Mexico and the United States
Cuernavaca: CIDOC, 1970.

Clinical Work

Private practice of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 1962-1988.


Signet Society, Phi Beta Kappa, American Psychological Association (Fellow), American Anthropological Association (Fellow), Society for Applied Anthropology (Fellow), National Academy of Public Administration (Fellow), Cosmos Club, PEN, Authors Guild.

Board Memberships

International Group Plans, Inc., 1978-80; SMG North America, 1989-96; Our Little Brothers and Sisters, Inc., 1977-2014; Tällberg Foundation, 1990-2005; Washington School of Psychiatry, 1997-2013; Albert Shanker Institute, 2006-; National Coalition on Health Care, 2010-.


Mt. Vernon, New York public schools; Harvard, B.A. (m.c.l.) 1954; Ph.D., Department of Social Relations (Social Psychology, Personality, and Cultural Anthropology) 1960; New College, Oxford, 1954-55; University of Chicago, 1955-56 (Human Development); Mexican Institute of Psychoanalysis (Degree in Psychoanalysis), 1964.


Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1954-55, New College, Oxford; National Institute of Mental Health Research and Training Fellowships 1957-60, Harvard University, 1960-63; Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1968-69.


Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden)

Lifetime Achievement Award, Washington School of Psychiatry, 2016.


b. 1933, Mt Vernon, N.Y.; married 1959 to Sandylee Weille; children: Anne Maccoby Berglof, Izette Folger, Nora Maccoby Hathaway, Max Maccoby. Grandchildren: Alexandra Berglof, Nick Folger, Camilla Folger, Katerina Berglof, William Hathaway, Ida B. Maccoby, Martin Maccoby

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