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Adam Grant

Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Management

Professor of Psychology

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

Links: CV, Personal Website

Adam Grant has been recognized as Wharton's top-rated teacher for four straight years, and as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, HR's most influential international thinkers, the world's top 40 business professors under 40, and Malclolm Gladwell's favorite social science writers. He is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times bestselling book that has been translated into 27 languages and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal-- as well as one Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review's ideas that shaped management. His forthcoming book, Originals, examines how to reject conformity and champion new ideas.

Teaching, Speaking, Consulting, and Leadership

Adam’s speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Disney Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, BCG, Amex, the United Nations, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. 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 is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills.

Media Coverage

Adam has been profiled on the Today Show and in the New York Times magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? His studies have been highlighted in books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and David and Goliath by Gladwell. He is a contributing op-ed writer on work and psychology for the New York Times, where his recent articles include Raising a Moral Child--which has been shared over 300,000 times on social media--and Madam C.E.O, Get Me a Coffee with Sheryl Sandberg.


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.


Adam's research focuses on generosity, motivation and meaningful work, championing new ideas, personality traits like introversion-extraversion, and leadership, collaboration, culture, and organizational change. 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, Adam was granted tenure while still in his twenties. Before graduate school, he 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. He serves on the Lean In board. For more details, see