Professor Heidi K. Gardner Presents

"Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos"

Professor Heidi K. Gardner presents her newest book "Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos". Meet Professor Gardner at her launching event to get some highlights from the book as well as some new research findings that emerged after the realease of this first edition.


About the Book:

Law firms face a serious challenge. Their clients increasingly need them to solve complex problems that only teams of multidisciplinary experts can tackle. Yet, most firms have carved their lawyers into narrow silos, and collaborating across them is often messy, risky, and costly. Smart Collaboration shows that firms earn higher margins, inspire greater client loyalty, attract and retain the best talent, and gain a competitive edge when lawyers collaborate across boundaries. Using case studies, interviews, statistical research and surveys, Smart Collaboration explores the rationale and the practical how-to’s of collaborating across silos.

  Available on Amazon

"I’m passionate about these ideas because I think they can truly, positively affect people’s experiences of work and their colleagues, as well as their productivity and profitability".

- Dr. Gardner.


Event Details:

Morrison & Foerster LLP

250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019-9601

Thursday, March 30, 2017

12:30pm - 2:00 pm



  • Heidi K. Gardner, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow in the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.  She also serves as a Lecturer on Law and the Faculty Chair of the school’s Accelerated Leadership Program executive course.  She was previously on the faculty at Harvard Business School.  Gardner has also been awarded an International Research Fellowship at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

  • Dr. Gardner’s research focuses on leadership and collaboration in professional service firms, and her book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos will be published by Harvard Business Press in January 2017.  Her research received the Academy of Management’s prize for Outstanding Practical Paper with Implications for Management. She has authored or co-authored more than fifty book chapters, case studies, and articles in scholarly and practitioner journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Harvard Business Review.  Her first book, Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Strategies for Law Firm Success was co-edited with Rebecca Normand-Hochman and published in 2015.

  • Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including positions with McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble, and as a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a masters degree from the London School of Economics (with honors), and a second masters and doctorate in organizational behavior from London Business School.



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Morrison & Foerster LLP
250 W 55th St
New York, NY 10019

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Look Who's Coming:

Virginia Cueva
Jonathan Schorr
Salvo Arena
Zhanna Galeyeva
Guest of Zhanna Galeyeva
Stephen Singer
Peter Krause
Demetrios Boutris
Shiukay Hung
Paul Sarkozi
Marc Brodherson
Domonique Worship
Caroline Yoon
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Joe Gawronski
Sabastian Niles
Jeffrey Simes
Maya Ishido
Dan Kozusko
Stuart Kagen
Shira Franco
Reade Ryan
Michael Feldberg
Margaret Lam
Luigi Chiarella
Tamar Gongadze
Monica Scata
Peter Krause
Ubaldo Messia
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