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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 teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in leadership and teamwork, negotiation, and organizational behavior. At the executive level, he teaches these topics and classes on organizational change, networks and social capital, and motivating and engaging employees.

  • MGMT238 - Organizational Behavior

    Management 238 is an organizational behavior course, examining individual, interpersonal, and group effectiveness at work. Topics range from decision- making, motivation, and personality to networks, influence, helping, leadership, teamwork, and organizational culture. The learning method is heavily experiential, with a focus on applying key principles to the human side of management in role-play exercises, simulations, and group projects in local organizations. This course requires the instructor's permission. Registration is by application only; Penn In Touch requests will not be processed. The link to the application form will be available on the Management Department's website:, beginning March 16 2015. The deadline for applications is March 27, 2015.

    MGMT238001  ( Syllabus

  • MGMT610 - Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership

    Management 610 is the first core course in the MBA Program and it cannot be waived The first week of the fall term (in August) is dedicated to this formative and foundational experience. This course focuses on developing students' knowledge and skill set for teamwork and leadership. It is meant to be an intense immersion experience that draws strongly on the pedagogy of the Wharton Teamwork and Leadership Simulation, a team-based, highly interactive simulation that was custom-designed specifically to allow students to experience the core conceptsthey learn in this class.

    Format: The simulation is based on both cutting-edge research evidence and specific business cases. In addition, the course will include debriefings, lectures, readings, class discussion and personal and group performance feedback. This course reflects the realities that informal leadership occurs in teams on an ongoing basis, that being a good team player is a part of leadership, and that many of one's early experiences with leadership will occur while working in teams. Attendance is mandatory for all five sessions of this class. The three goals of this course are for students to learn: 1. Leadership behaviors: how to enact the skills that contribute to a team's effective performance 2. Team dynamics: how to be an effective team member, as well as how to best design work teams 3. Organizational awareness: understanding organizational culture and change

    NOTE: Credit-bearing, core coursework begins with the MGMT610: Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership course.