Michael Y. Lee is a Doctoral Candidate in Management at Harvard Business School. His dissertation research explores the dynamics and consequences of organizing without hierarchical authority. His research focuses on a novel organizational system called Holacracy that simultaneously eliminates traditional managers while employing a dynamic structuring process to enable coordination and control. His other research explores how teams can utilize structured guidelines for interaction to foster positive relational dynamics. He uses ethnographic observation and interviews, experiments, and survey methods to study these phenomena.
Michael has worked in a variety of organizational contexts and sectors. Most recently, he served as an engagement leader for the Parthenon Group, a global management consulting firm, where he advised corporate, private equity, and social sector clients. He has also spent time in the technology industry - working at Google - and in the social sector where he helped clients measure and increase their social impact.
Michael earned his AB magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He has trained in large group meeting facilitation and self-managed teaming as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and is an experienced student in Vipassana (Insight) meditation.