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Ph.D. Organizational Psychology, University of Michigan, 2006
M.S. Organizational Psychology, University of Michigan, 2005
B.A. Psychology, Harvard University, 2003
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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, forthcoming from Viking Press in April 2013. Dr. Grant has been recognized as the single highest-rated professor in the Wharton MBA program and one of the world's top 40 business professors under 40. He has taught executive education, consulted, and presented for clients such as Google, Merck, Goldman Sachs, the NFL, Estée Lauder, IBM, JPMorgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy.
At Wharton, Dr. Grant 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 $118,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills.
Dr. Grant's studies have been profiled in bestselling books such as Drive by Daniel Pink and Quiet by Susan Cain, as well as in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, Fast Company, The Daily Telegraph, CNN, Forbes, The Financial Times, and the Freakonomics blog.
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 50 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.
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.
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.
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