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Adam Grant

Professor of Management and the Class of 1965 Chair

Research Interests: work motivation, prosocial helping and giving behaviors, job design and meaningful work, initiative and proactive behaviors, burnout, leadership

Links: CV, Give and Take Website, LinkedIn Influencers Blog

Adam Grant is Wharton's youngest full professor and top-rated teacher. He is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book that is being translated into more than two dozen languages and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal-- as well as one Oprah's riveting reads, Fortune's five must-read business books, Harvard Business Review's ideas that shaped management in 2013, Forbes' most dynamic social innovation initiatives of 2013, and the Washington Post's books every leader should read. Malcolm Gladwell recently identified Adam as one of his favorite social science writers, calling his work “brilliant.”

Teaching, Speaking, and Consulting

Adam has been recognized as the single highest-rated professor in the Wharton MBA program, one of BusinessWeek's favorite professors, and one of the world's top 40 business professors under 40. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Pixar, Goldman Sachs, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, Facebook, Estée Lauder, Apple, MTV, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, JP Morgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Nickelodeon, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. At Wharton, he has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for all of his classes and earned the Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty MBA Teaching Award. He has designed several experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $175,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills.

Media Coverage

Adam has appeared on the Today Show, and has twice been featured in the most emailed New York Times article of the week-- once as the author and once as the subject of the cover story, "Is giving the secret to getting ahead?His studies have been highlighted in books such as David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Quiet by Susan Cain, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, and Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink

Education

Adam received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Michigan in organizational psychology, finishing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa honors, and the John Harvard Scholarship for highest academic achievement.

Research

Adam's research focuses on work motivation, prosocial giving and helping behaviors, job design and meaningful work, initiative and proactivity, leadership, and burnout. He has earned numerous prestigious awards for distinguished scholarly achievement, including the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award for early-to-mid-career contributions from the Academy of Management, the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award and the Owens Scholarly Achievement Award for the best publication in the field from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a fellowship from the National Science FoundationHe has published more than 60 articles in a wide range of leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering research has introduced evidence-based techniques that increase performance and reduce burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhance call center productivity, and motivate helping and safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards. At Wharton, he was granted tenure while still in his twenties.

Additional

Before graduate school, Adam worked at Let’s Go Publications, where he set multiple company records for advertising sales and earned the Manager of the Year award. He is a former All-American and Junior Olympic springboard diver and performed for over a decade as a professional magician. For more details, see www.giveandtake.com