Christopher G. Myers, PhD (Management & Organizations, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Leadership at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and holds a joint faculty appointment in the School of Medicine (Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine). His research explores questions of learning, leadership development, and innovation in organizations, specifically examining how people learn vicariously from others’ knowledge and experience at work. He focuses in particular on studying health care organizations and other knowledge-intensive work settings. Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, he was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisGMyers
- Ph. D, Business Administration (Management & Organizations), University of Michigan
- BS, Business Administration, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
- Myers, C.G. In-press. Storytelling as a tool for vicarious learning among air medical transport crews. Administrative Science Quarterly. [Published online: November 2021]
- Nurmohamed, S., Kundro, T., & Myers, C.G. In-press. Against the odds: Developing underdog versus favorite narratives to offset prior experiences of discrimination. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. [Published online: June, 2021]
- Spreitzer, G.S., Myers, C.G., Kopelman, S., & Mayer, D.M. 2021. The conceptual and empirical value of a positive lens: An invitation to organizational scholars to develop novel research questions. Academy of Management Perspectives, 35(3): 517-534.
- Mayo, A.T., Myers, C.G., & Sutcliffe, K.M. 2021. Organizational science and health care. Academy of Management Annals, 15(2): 537-576.
- Myers, C.G. 2021. Performance benefits of reciprocal vicarious learning in teams. Academy of Management Journal, 64(3): 926-947.
- Quinn, R.W., Myers, C.G., Kopelman, S., & Simmons, S. 2021. How did you do that? Exploring the motivation to learn from others' exceptional success. Academy of Management Discoveries, 7(1): 15-39.
- Helzer, E.G., Myers, C.G., Fahim, C., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Abernathy, J.H. 2020. Gender bias in collaborative medical decision-making: Emergent evidence. Academic Medicine, 95(10): 1524–1528.
- Myers, C.G., Sateia, H.F., & Desai, S.V. 2018. Association between team learning behavior and reduced burnout among medicine residents. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33(12): 2037–2039.
- Myers, C.G. 2018. Coactive vicarious learning: Toward a relational theory of vicarious learning in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 43(4): 610–634.
- Myers, C.G., Kudsi, O.Y., & Ghaferi, A.A. 2018. Social media as a platform for surgical learning: Use and engagement patterns among robotic surgeons. Annals of Surgery, 267(2): 233–235.
- Behavioral Science: Leadership and Organizational Behavior
- Leadership Development Expedition: Belize and Norway
- Foundations of Leadership & Management
- The Academy for Health Care Leadership & Management
Honors and distinctions
- Editorial Board Member: Academy of Management Discoveries, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Group & Organization Management, and Journal of Service Management (Expert Research Panel on Health Service)
- Research Advisory Board Member, Center for Positive Organizations, 2019 – Present
- Elected Representative-at-Large, Academy of Management MOC Division, 2018 – Present
- Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence (Johns Hopkins Carey Business School), 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
- Alumni Graduation Speaker (UM Ross School of Business PhD Celebration), 2018
- Visiting Education Overseas Expert (National Healthcare Group, Singapore), 2017
- Best Dissertation-based Paper Award (Academy of Management MOC Division), 2016
- Making Connections Award (Academy of Management OB Division), 2011
- Phi Beta Kappa Society (Alpha of North Carolina Chapter)
- Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society (Alpha of North Carolina Chapter)
Impact and engagement
Selected Articles for Practicing Leaders
- Myers, C.G., & Doyle, M. (2020, February). Get adventurous with your leadership training. Harvard Business Review, Digital article.
- Zhang, C., Myers, C.G., & Mayer, D.M. (2018, September). To cope with stress, try learning something new. Harvard Business Review, Digital article.
- Myers, C.G., & Sutcliffe, K.M. (2018, August). How discrimination against female doctors hurts patients. Harvard Business Review, Digital article.
- Myers, C.G., Kudsi, O.Y., & Ghaferi, A.A. (2017, October). Surgeons are using social media to share and learn new skills. Harvard Business Review, Digital article.
- Ghaferi, A.A., Myers, C.G., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Pronovost, P.J. (2016, August). The next wave of hospital innovation to make patients safer. Harvard Business Review, Digital article.
- Myers, C.G. (2015, November). Is your company encouraging employees to share what they know? Harvard Business Review, Digital article.
COVID-19 Guidance for Healthcare Organizations & Policymakers:
- Mittal, R., Jain, S., Myers, C.G., Dai, T., & Jain, A. 2021. A 100% COVID vaccination rate is possible -- We did it. Medpage Today.
- Jain, A., Dai, T., Myers, C.G., Jain, P., & Aggarwal, S. 2021. Prioritising surgical cases deferred by the COVID-19 pandemic: An ethics-inspired algorithmic framework for health leaders. BMJ Leader, 5(2): 124-126.
- Myers, C.G., Rosen, M.A., & Yuan, C.T. 2021. What a pandemic reveals about learning in health care organizations. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 14(1-2): 126-129.
- Myers, C.G., Mayo, A.T., Kachalia, A., Polsky, D., & Sutcliffe, K.M. 2021. Covid-19 has made clear why all physicians need to know about the business of healthcare. Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, 26(2): 51-55.
- Jain, A., Dai, T., Bibee, K., & Myers, C.G. 2020. Covid-19 created an elective surgery backlog. How can hospitals get back on track? Harvard Business Review.
- Myers, C.G. 2020. Vicarious learning in the time of coronavirus. Behavioral Science & Policy, 6(2): 153-161.
- Barton, M.A., Christianson, M.K, Myers, C.G., & Sutcliffe, K.M. 2020. Resilience-in-action: Leading for resilience in response to COVID-19. BMJ Leader, 4(3): 117–119.
Selected Perspectives and Commentaries on Healthcare:
- Johnson, E., Kwakye, G., Myers, C.G., & Ghaferi, A.A. 2021. Working toward the triple bottom line in surgery. NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery.
- Russell, S.W., Desai, S.V., O’Rourke, P., Ahuja, N., Patel, A., Myers, C.G., Zulman, D., Sateia, H.F., Berkenblit, G.V., Johnson, E.N., & Garibaldi, B.T. 2020. The genealogy of teaching clinical reasoning and diagnostic skill: The GEL study. Diagnosis, 7(3): 197–203.
- Myers, C.G., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Ferrari, B.T. 2019. Treating the “Not-Invented-Here Syndrome” in medical leadership: Learning from the insights of outside disciplines. Academic Medicine, 94(10): 1416–1418.
- Myers, C.G., Lu-Myers, Y., & Ghaferi, A.A. 2018. Excising the “surgeon ego” to accelerate progress in the culture of surgery. BMJ, 363: k4537.
- Myers, C.G., Kudsi, O.Y., & Ghaferi, A.A. 2017. Surgeons are using social media to share and learn new skills. Harvard Business Review.
- Lu-Myers, Y., & Myers, C.G. 2018. Incorporating interpersonal skills into otolaryngology resident selection and training. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 158(1): 21–23.
- Myers, C.G., & Pronovost, P.J. 2017. Making management skills a core component of medical education. Academic Medicine, 92(5): 582–584.
- Ghaferi, A.A., Myers, C.G., Sutcliffe, K.M., & Pronovost, P.J. 2016. The next wave of hospital innovation to make patients safer. Harvard Business Review.
In the media
- Exceptional Success Stories Motivate Workers to Learn (8/25/2020). AOM Insights.
- Don’t Just Learn From Failure; Learn From Your Successes (5/10/2019). The Wall Street Journal.
- Take Your Ego Back to School, Surgeons Told (1/20/19). The Sunday Times.
- Feeling Stressed at Work? Try Learning Something New (12/11/18). CNBC.
- Why Business Training for Physicians Can Improve Patient Care (11/30/18). American Association for Physician Leadership.
- What's The Best Way To Transfer Knowledge? (You Can't Learn Surgery By Watching) (9/8/15). Forbes.