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Adam Grant

Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest full professor and top-rated teacher. He is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book that is being translated into more than two dozen languages and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal– as well as one Oprah’s riveting reads, Fortune’s five must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management in 2013, Forbes’ most dynamic social innovation initiatives of 2013, and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read. Malcolm Gladwell recently identified Adam as one of his favorite social science writers, calling his work “brilliant.”


  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., Organizational Psychology 2006, and M.S., Organizational Psychology, 2005
  • Harvard University, B.A., Psychology 2003


The Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Professor of Psychology


The Wharton School



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In the News

Adam Grant, Why we should stop grading students on a curve in The New York Times.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, The myth of the catty woman in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Unless you’re Oprah, ‘be yourself’ is terrible advice in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, The real clue that a candidate would make a great president in The Washington Post.

Adam Grant, How to build a culture of originality in Harvard Business Review.

Adam Grant, Entrepreneurs, don’t quit your day jobs in Wired.

Adam Grant, How to raise a creative child. Step one: Back off in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Why I taught myself to procrastinate in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, The one question you should ask about every new job in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, The virtue of contradicting ourselves in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Can we end the meditation madness? in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Friends at work? Not so much in The New York Times.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, How men can succeed in the boardroom and the bedroom in The New York Times.

Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg, Madam CEO, get me a coffee in The New York Times.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, Speaking while female in The New York Times.

Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg, When talking about bias backfires in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Throw out the college application system in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Why so many men don’t stand up for their female colleagues in The Atlantic.

Adam Grant, Raising a moral child in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, How to succeed professionally by helping others in The Atlantic.

Adam Grant, A solution for bad teaching in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, The dark side of emotional intelligence in The Atlantic.

Adam Grant, An upfront bonus pays over the long term in The Financial Times.

Adam Grant, Why men need women in The New York Times.

Adam Grant, Where great leaders earn their stripes in Huffington Post.

Adam Grant, You, an idea thief? Say it isn’t so in The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Grant, Givers and takers: Who are the best performers in the workplace? in The Independent.

Adam Grant, Turning the tables on success in strategy+business.

Adam Grant, Fitting in and standing out: Shifting mindsets from taking to giving in ChangeThis.

Adam Grant, Good guys can win at work in Time Magazine.

Adam Grant, Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture in The McKinsey Quarterly.

Adam Grant, Seeking help in the shadow of a doubt in Huffington Post Blog.

Adam Grant, The best lie detectors in the workplace in Washington Post.

Adam Grant, In the company of givers and takers in Harvard Business Review.


J. I. Menges, Danielle Tussing, A. Wihler, Adam Grant (2017). When Job Performance is All Relative: How Family Motivation Energizes Effort and Compensates for Intrinsic Motivation, Academy of Management Journal.

Adam Grant (2016). ORIGINALS: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

Adam Grant and Mark Bolino (2016). The bright side of being prosocial at work, and the dark side, too: A review and agenda for research on other-oriented motives, behavior, and impact in organizations, Academy of Management Annals.

Rob Cross, Reb Rebele, Adam Grant, Collaborative overload in Harvard Business Review.

Alexander J. Rothman, Peter M. Gollwitzer, Adam Grant, David T. Neal, Paschal Sheeran, Wendy Wood (2015). Hale and hearty policies: How psychological science can create and maintain healthy habits, Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 701-705.

Adam Grant, Justin Berg, Daniel Cable (2014). Job titles as identity badges: How self-reflective titles can reduce emotional exhaustion, Academy of Management Journal, 57 (4), 1201-1225.

Amir Erez and Adam Grant (2014). Separating data from intuition: Bringing evidence into the management classroom, Academy of Management Learning & Education.

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.

Adam Grant and Nancy Rothbard (2013). When in doubt, seize the day? Security values, prosocial values, and proactivity under ambiguity, Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 810-819.

Adam Grant (2013). Work and the art of motivation maintenance, In Psychology and the Real World (2nd ed.).

Adam Grant (2013). Rethinking the extraverted sales ideal: The ambivert advantage, Psychological Science, 24 (6), 1024-1030.

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 (2013). GIVE AND TAKE: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.

Sharon Arieli, Adam Grant, Lilach Sagiv (2013). Convincing yourself to care about others: An intervention for enhancing benevolence values, Journal of Personality.

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.

Christopher Michaelson, Michael Pratt, Adam Grant, Craig Dunn (2013). Meaningful work: Connecting business ethics and organization studies, Journal of Business Ethics, 121, 77-90.

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.

Adam Grant and 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.

Adam Grant (2012). Giving time, time after time: Work design and sustained employee participation in corporate volunteering, Academy of Management Review, 37, 589-615.

Adam Grant (2012). Leading with meaning: Beneficiary contact, prosocial impact, and the performance effects of transformational leadership, Academy of Management Journal, 55, 458-476.

Adam Grant and Jane Dutton (2012). Beneficiary or benefactor: The effects of reflecting about receiving versus giving on prosocial behavior, Psychological Science, 23, 1033-1039.

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.

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.

Sabine Sonnentag and 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.

Adam Grant, Francesca Gino, David Hofmann (2011). Reversing the extraverted leadership advantage: The role of employee proactivity, Academy of Management Journal, 54, 528-550.

Adam Grant and 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.

Adam Grant and Barry Schwartz (2011). Too much of a good thing: The challenge and opportunity of the inverted-U, Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 61-76.

Adam Grant and Jihae Shin (2011). Work motivation: Directing, energizing, and maintaining effort (and research), In Oxford handbook of motivation, Oxford University Press, 505-519.

Adam Grant and Justin Berg (2011). Prosocial motivation at work: When, why, and how making a difference makes a difference, In Oxford handbook of positive organizational scholarship, 28-44.


  • <h3>National Bureau of Economic Research (Public Use Data Archive)</h3><p><img width="180" height="43" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/43/478_nber.rev.1407530465.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image478 lw_align_right" data-max-w="329" data-max-h="79"/>Founded in 1920, the <strong>National Bureau of Economic Research</strong> is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.</p><p> Quick Link to <strong>Public Use Data Archive</strong>: <a href="http://www.nber.org/data/" target="_blank">http://www.nber.org/data/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED®)</h3><p><strong><img width="180" height="79" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/79/481_fred-logo.rev.1407788243.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image481 lw_align_right" data-max-w="222" data-max-h="97"/>An online database consisting of more than 72,000 economic data time series from 54 national, international, public, and private sources.</strong> FRED®, created and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, goes far beyond simply providing data: It combines data with a powerful mix of tools that help the user understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data.</p><p> Quick link to data page: <a href="http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series" target="_blank">http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Congressional Budget Office</h3><p><img width="180" height="180" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/180/380_cbo-logo.rev.1406822035.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image380 lw_align_right" data-max-w="180" data-max-h="180"/>Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.</p><p> The agency is strictly nonpartisan and conducts objective, impartial analysis, which is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates that its economists and policy analysts produce each year. CBO does not make policy recommendations, and each report and cost estimate discloses the agency’s assumptions and methodologies. <strong>CBO provides budgetary and economic information in a variety of ways and at various points in the legislative process.</strong> Products include baseline budget projections and economic forecasts, analysis of the President’s budget, cost estimates, analysis of federal mandates, working papers, and more.</p><p> Quick link to Products page: <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-products" target="_blank">http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-products</a></p><p> Quick link to Topics: <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/topics" target="_blank">http://www.cbo.gov/topics</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Federal Aviation Administration: Accident & Incident Data</h3><p><img width="100" height="100" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image80 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg 3x" data-max-w="550" data-max-h="550"/>The NTSB issues an accident report following each investigation. These reports are available online for reports issued since 1996, with older reports coming online soon. The reports listing is sortable by the event date, report date, city, and state.</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/" target="_blank">http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>The World Bank Data (U.S.)</h3><p><img width="130" height="118" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image484 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1406" data-max-h="1275"/>The <strong>World Bank</strong> provides World Development Indicators, Surveys, and data on Finances and Climate Change.</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states" target="_blank">http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
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  • <h3>USDA Nutrition Assistance Data</h3><p><img width="180" height="124" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image485 lw_align_right" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1233" data-max-h="850"/>Data and research regarding the following <strong>USDA Nutrition Assistance</strong> programs are available through this site:</p><ul><li>Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) </li><li>Food Distribution Programs </li><li>School Meals </li><li>Women, Infants and Children </li></ul><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/data-and-statistics" target="_blank">http://www.fns.usda.gov/data-and-statistics</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>MapStats</h3><p> A feature of FedStats, MapStats allows users to search for <strong>state, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district data</strong> (demographic, economic, and geographic).</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/" target="_blank">http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Internal Revenue Service: Tax Statistics</h3><p><img width="155" height="200" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/155/height/200/486_irs_logo.rev.1407789424.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image486 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/155/height/200/486_irs_logo.rev.1407789424.jpg 2x" data-max-w="463" data-max-h="596"/>Find statistics on business tax, individual tax, charitable and exempt organizations, IRS operations and budget, and income (SOI), as well as statistics by form, products, publications, papers, and other IRS data.</p><p> Quick link to <strong>Tax Statistics, where you will find a wide range of tables, articles, and data</strong> that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2" target="_blank">http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>NOAA National Climatic Data Center</h3><p><img width="200" height="198" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image483 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg 3x" data-max-w="954" data-max-h="945"/>NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of <strong>climate and historical weather data and information</strong>.</p><p> Quick link to home page: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/</a></p><p> Quick link to NCDC’s climate and weather datasets, products, and various web pages and resources: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/quick-links" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/quick-links</a></p><p> Quick link to Text & Map Search: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
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