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Adam Grant

Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Management

Professor of Psychology

Research Interests: work motivation and success, originality and non-conformity, generosity and helping, job design and meaningful work, leadership and culture

Links: CV, Personal Website, TED talk: The surprising habits of original thinkers

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: https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/programs/undergraduate, beginning March 14, 2016. The deadline for applications is March 25, 2016 at 5 PM. Students will be notified after April 1, 2016 regarding the status of their application.

    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 concepts they learn in this class. The three goals of thiscourse 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.

    Format: A custom-designed Wharton-only simulation is paired with course sessions to deliver a unique learning experience. Classes will include experiental learning combined with 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 on teams. Because of the team-based nature of this course, and time intensive nature of this experience, attendance is mandatory for ALL five sessions of this class.

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

    MGMT610001  ( Syllabus

    MGMT610002  ( Syllabus

    MGMT610003  ( Syllabus