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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, "Raising a Moral Child" in The New York Times.
  • Adam Grant, "Outsource inspiration". In Putting Positive Leadership in Action: Bringing Out the Best in Work Organizations, edited by Jane Dutton, Gretchen Spreitzer, (2014).  
  • Adam Grant, "A solution for bad teaching" in The New York Times.
  • Amir Erez, Adam Grant (2014), Separating data from intuition: Bringing evidence into the management classroom, Academy of Management Learning & Education, forthcoming.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2013), Rocking the boat but keeping it steady: The role of emotion regulation in employee voice, Academy of Management Journal, 56, 1703 - 1723.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Nancy Rothbard (2013), When in doubt, seize the day? Security values, prosocial values, and proactivity under ambiguity, Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 810 - 819. doi: 10.1037/a0032873.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, "Why men need women" in The New York Times.
  • Adam Grant, "Work and the art of motivation maintenance". In Psychology and the Real World (2nd ed.), edited by Morton Gernsbacher, (2013).  
  • Adam Grant, Justin Berg, Daniel Cable (2013), Job titles as identity badges: How self-reflective titles can reduce emotional exhaustion, Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, "You, an idea thief? Say it isn't so" in The Wall Street Journal.
  • Adam Grant (2013), Rethinking the extraverted sales ideal: The ambivert advantage, Psychological Science, 24 (6), 1024 - 1030.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, "Turning the tables on success" in strategy+business.
  • Philip Tetlock, Ferdinand Vieider, Shefali Patil, Adam Grant (2013), Accountability and ideology: When left looks right and right looks left, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 122, 22 - 35.  
  • Adam Grant, "In the company of givers and takers" in Harvard Business Review, April, 90-97.  
  • Sharon Arieli, Adam Grant, Lilach Sagiv (2013), Convincing yourself to care about others: An intervention for enhancing benevolence values, Journal of Personality, (forthcoming).  Abstract
  • Scott Sonenshein, Jane Dutton, Adam Grant, Kathleen Sutcliffe, Gretchen Spreitzer (2013), Growing at work: Employees’ interpretations of progressive self-change in organizations, Organization Science, 24: 552-570.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Michael Pratt, Christopher Michaelson, Craig Dunn (2013), Meaningful work: Connecting business ethics and organization studies, Journal of Business Ethics, (forthcoming).  Abstract
  • Lara Aknin, Elizabeth F. Dunn, Ashley Whillans, Adam Grant, Michael Norton (2013), Making a difference matters: Impact unlocks the emotional benefits of prosocial spending, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (forthcoming).  Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Shefali Patil (2012), Challenging the norm of self-interest: Minority influence and transitions to helping norms in work units, Academy of Management Review, 37: 547-568.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2012), Giving time, time after time: Work design and sustained employee participation in corporate volunteering, Academy of Management Review, 37: 589-615.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2012), Leading with meaning: Beneficiary contact, prosocial impact, and the performance effects of transformational leadership, Academy of Management Journal, 55: 458-476.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Jane Dutton (2012), Beneficiary or benefactor: The effects of reflecting about receiving versus giving on prosocial behavior, Psychological Science, 23: 1033-1039.    Abstract
  • Daniel C. Feiler, Leigh P. Tost, Adam Grant (2012), Mixed reasons, missed givings: The costs of blending egoistic and altruistic reasons in donation requests, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48: 1322-1328.    Abstract
  • Andrew Molinsky, Adam Grant, Joshua D. Margolis (2012), The bedside manner of homo economicus: How and why priming an economic schema reduces compassion, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 119: 27-37.    Abstract
  • Sabine Sonnentag, Adam Grant (2012), Doing good at work feels good at home, but not right away: When and why perceived prosocial impact predicts positive affect, Personnel Psychology, 65: 495-530.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, "The unbearable lightness of meetings" in Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship.
  • Adam Grant, Timothy Pollock (2011), From the Editors: Publishing in AMJ?Part 3: Setting the hook, Academy of Management Journal, 54: 873-879.  
  • Adam Grant, Francesca Gino, David Hofmann (2011), Reversing the extraverted leadership advantage: The role of employee proactivity, Academy of Management Journal, 54, 528 - 550.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, James Berry (2011), The necessity of others is the mother of invention: Intrinsic and prosocial motivations, perspective-taking, and creativity, Academy of Management Journal, 54, 73 - 96.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Barry Schwartz (2011), Too much of a good thing: The challenge and opportunity of the inverted-U, Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 61 - 76.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Jihae Shin, "Work motivation: Directing, energizing, and maintaining effort (and research)". In Oxford handbook of motivation, edited by R.M. Ryan, (2011), 505 - 519.  
  • Adam Grant, Justin Berg, "Prosocial motivation at work: When, why, and how making a difference makes a difference". In Oxford handbook of positive organizational scholarship, edited by K. Cameron, G. Spreitzer, (2011), 28 - 44.  
  • Adam Grant, Francesca Gino, David Hofmann, "Stop stealing the spotlight: The perils of extraverted leadership" in European Business Review, May-June, 29-31.  
  • Adam Grant, Samir Nurmohamed, Susan J. Ashford, Kathryn Dekas (2011), The performance implications of ambivalent initiative: The interplay of autonomous and controlled motivations, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 116, 241 - 251.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, David Hofmann (2011), It's not all about me: Motivating hospital hand hygiene by focusing on patients, Psychological Science, 22, 1494 - 1499.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, David Hofmann (2011), Outsourcing inspiration: The performance effects of ideological messages from leaders and beneficiaries, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 116, 173 - 187.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, David Hofmann (2011), Role expansion as a persuasion process: The interpersonal influence dynamics of role redefinition, Organizational Psychology Review, 1, 9 - 31.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Francesca Gino, David Hofmann, "The hidden advantages of quiet bosses" in Harvard Business Review, December, 28.  
  • Justin Berg, Adam Grant, Victoria Johnson (2010), When callings are calling: Crafting work and leisure in pursuit of unanswered occupational callings, Organization Science, 21(5): 973-994.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Francesca Gino (2010), A little thanks goes a long way: Explaining why gratitude expressions motivate prosocial behavior, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98: 946-955.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Sabine Sonnentag (2010), Doing good buffers against feeling bad: Prosocial impact compensates for negative task and self-evaluations, Organizatiional Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 111: 13-22.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Yitzhak Fried, Tina Juillerat, "Work matters: Job design in classic and contemporary perspectives". In APA handbook of industrial and organizational psychology, edited by S. Zedeck, (2010), I: 417 - 453.  
  • Adam Grant, Amy Wrzesniewski (2010), I won’t let you down… or will I? Core self-evaluations, other-orientation, anticipated guilt and gratitude, and job performance, Journal of Applied Psychology, 95, 108 - 121.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Yitzhak Fried, Sharon Parker, Michael Frese (2010), Putting job design in context: Introduction to the special issue, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 145 - 157.    Abstract
  • Bradley Wright, Adam Grant (2010), Unanswered questions about public service motivation: Designing research to address key issues of emergence and effects, Public Administration Review, 70, 691 - 700.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Kimberly Wade-Benzoni (2009), The hot and cool of death awareness at work: Mortality cues, aging, and self-protective and prosocial motivations, Academy of Management Review, 34, 600 - 622.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Sharon Parker (2009), Redesigning work design theories: The rise of relational and proactive perspectives, Academy of Management Annals, 3: 317-375.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, David Mayer (2009), Good soldiers and good actors: Prosocial and impression management motives as interactive predictors of affiliative citizenship behaviors, Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 900 - 912.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, John Sumanth (2009), Mission possible? The performance of prosocially motivated employees depends on manager trustworthiness, Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 927 - 944.    Abstract
  • David Hofmann, Zhike Lei, Adam Grant (2009), Seeking help in the shadow of a doubt: The sensemaking processes underlying how nurses decide who to ask for advice, Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 1261 - 1274.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Sharon Parker, Catherine Collins (2009), Getting credit for proactive behavior: Supervisor reactions depend on what you value and how you feel, Personnel Psychology, 62, 31 - 55.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Toby Wall (2009), The neglected science and art of quasi-experimentation: Why-to, when-to, and how-to advice for organizational researchers, Organizational Research Methods, 12, 653 - 686.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, "We commit when we give" in Sustainable Enterprise Quarterly.
  • Adam Grant (2009), Putting self-interest out of business? Contributions and unanswered questions from use-inspired research on prosocial motivation, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2, 94 - 98.  
  • Adam Grant, Andrew Molinsky, Joshua Margolis, Melissa Kamin, William Schiano (2009), The performer’s reactions to procedural injustice: When prosocial identity reduces prosocial behavior, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39, 319 - 349.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Jane Dutton, Brent Rosso (2008), Giving commitment: Employee support programs and the prosocial sensemaking process, Academy of Management Journal, 51: 898-918.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2008), Does intrinsic motivation fuel the prosocial fire? Motivational synergy in predicting persistence, performance, and productivity, Journal of Applied Psychology    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2008), The significance of task significance: Job performance effects, relational mechanisms, and boundary conditions, Journal of Applied Psychology, 93: 108-124.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2008), Employees without a cause: The motivational effects of prosocial impact in public service, International Public Management Journal    Abstract
  • Adam Grant (2008), Designing jobs to do good: Dimensions and psychological consequences of prosocial job characteristics, Journal of Positive Psychology, 3, 19 - 39.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Susan J. Ashford (2008), The dynamics of proactivity at work, Research in Organizational Behavior, 28, 3 - 34.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Jane Dutton, Brent Rosso, "That’s important! Making a difference with organizational research". In Sage handbook of new & emerging approaches to management & organization, edited by D. Barry, H. Hansen, (2008), 451 - 452.  
  • Joshua D. Margolis, Adam Grant, Andrew Molinsky, "Expanding ethical standards of HRM: Necessary evils and the multiple dimensions of impact". In Human resource management: Ethics and employment, edited by A.H. Pinnington, R. Macklin, T. Campbell, (2007), 237 - 251.  
  • Adam Grant (2007), Relational job design and the motivation to make a prosocial difference, Academy of Management Review, 32, 393 - 417.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Elizabeth M. Campbell, Grace Chen, Keenan Cottone, David Lapedis, Karen Lee (2007), Impact and the art of motivation maintenance: The effects of contact with beneficiaries on persistence behavior, Organizatiional Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103: 53-67.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Marlys Christianson, Richard Price (2007), Happiness, health, or relationships? Managerial practices and employee well-being tradeoffs, Academy of Management Perspectives, 21, 51 - 63.    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Elizabeth M. Campbell (2007), Doing good, doing harm, being well and burning out: The interactions of perceived prosocial and antisocial impact in service work, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80, 665 - 691.    Abstract
  • Yitzhak Fried, Adam Grant, Ariel Levi, Michael Hadani, Linda Slowik (2007), Job design in temporal context: A career dynamics perspective, Journal of Organizational Behavior    Abstract
  • Adam Grant, Brian R. Little, Susan D. Phillips, "Personal projects and organizational lives: When personal projects are not merely personal". In Personal project pursuit: Goals, action, and human flourishing, edited by B.R. Little, K. Salmela-Aro, S.D. Phillips, (2006), 221 - 246.  
  • Brian R. Little, Adam Grant, "The sustainable pursuit of core projects, including this one: Retrospect and prospects". In Personal project pursuit: Goals, action, and human flourishing, edited by B.R. Little, K. Salmela-Aro, S.D. Phillips, (2006), 403 - 444.  
  • Peter Anderson, Ruth Blatt, Marlys Christianson, Adam Grant, Christopher Marquis, Eric Neuman, Scott Sonenshein, Kathleen Sutcliffe (2006), Understanding mechanisms in organizational research: Reflections from a collective journey, Journal of Management Inquiry, 15, 102 - 113.    Abstract
  • Gretchen Spreitzer, Kathleen Sutcliffe, Jane Dutton, Scott Sonenshein, Adam Grant (2005), A socially embedded model of thriving at work, Organization Science, 16, 537 - 549.    Abstract