Adam Grant, Saul P. Steinberg professor of management and professor of psychology, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Creber, September 17, 2019
Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years
He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognised as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and was on Fortune's 40 under 40 list in 2016.
He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books that have sold more than two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year's best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Malala Yousafzai.
Grant is the host of WorkLife, a chart-topping TED original podcast. His TED Talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 18 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favourite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, and the Gates Foundation.
He writes on work and psychology for The New York Times, serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, and has been honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has more than three million followers on social media and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter GRANTED.
Grant was profiled in The New York Times Magazine's cover story 'Is giving the secret to getting ahead?' He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He curates the Next Big Idea Club along with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink, handpicking two new books each quarter for subscribers and donating 100% of profits to provide books for children in under-resourced communities. He is also the co-founder of Givitas, a knowledge collaboration platform that makes it easy to give and receive help in five minutes a day. Grant is also an angel investor in start-ups in HR and culture, technology, and consumer products. He and his wife Allison have a children's picture book on generosity, The Gift Inside the Box, coming out this Autumn.
Grant earned his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his BA from Harvard University. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers, teachers and salespeople, and motivated safety behaviours among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards. He is a former magician and junior olympic springboard diver.