Michael Arena

Michael Arena is the author of a best-selling book, Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations and the former Chief Talent Officer for General Motors Corporation. His research on social capital and networks won the 2017 Walker Prize from People + Strategy and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Harvard Business Review, and Sloan Management Review. He was also recently nominated to the Thinkers50 Radar class of 2020 for his work on network roles in creating adaptive organizations.

Arena also serves as a faculty member in Penn’s Masters in Organizational Dynamics. Prior to GM, Arena spent two years as a visiting scientist with MIT’s Media Lab studying network theory. He also served as Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America.


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