Adam Grant


Thought Leader

Dr. 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.

 

Dr. Grant is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and tenured management professor at Wharton. He is the author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book that is being translated into more than two dozen languages.

Education
He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Michigan in organizational psychology 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.

Teaching and Consulting
Dr. Grant 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, Microsoft, JP Morgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland, 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
Dr. Grant 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 bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain and Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, as well as in hundreds of media outlets.

Research
Dr. Grant’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 Foundation. He 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..

Additional
Before graduate school, Dr. Grant 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