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Adam Grant

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Adam Grant

Grant in July 2012

Born Adam M. Grant

August 13, 1981 (age 37)
West Bloomfield, Michigan, U.S.

Occupation  psychologist
 professor
 author

Nationality American

Alma mater  Harvard College

 University of Michigan

Genre  Organizational psychology

 management
 workplace dynamics

Years active 2007–present

Spouse Allison Grant

Children 3


Adam M. Grant (born August 13, 1981) is an American psychologist and author who is
currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing
in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the
youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School.


 1Early life and education

 2Academic career
 3Business
 4Published work
o 4.1Books
 5Awards
 6See also
 7References
 8External links

Early life and education[edit]

Adam M. Grant was born in the township of West Bloomfield, Michigan on August 13, 1981
to a lawyer father and a teacher mother.[1][2] He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
Grant participated in springboard diving and aspired to be a professional basketball player
growing up.[2] During high school, he was named an All-American in 1999 in diving.[3]
He received a B.A. from Harvard College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University
of Michigan in organizational psychology.[4] He worked as a professional magician during
college.[5] While in graduate school, he married his wife Allison; the couple have three

Academic career[edit]
Grant was hired by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to serve as an assistant
professor for organizational behavior in 2007. After publishing several papers in academic
journals, he was hired as an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania in 2009, becoming the school's youngest tenured professor at age 28.[7][8] He
was ranked by students the best professor at the university from 2011 to 2017.[9] In 2013,
he wrote his first book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success.[10] As his first
published book on organizational psychology, it explored the dynamics behind
collaboration, negotiation, and networking in business. The book went on to be translated in
twenty-seven languages.[11] Susan Dominus of The New York Times states that his book
"incorporated scores of studies and personal case histories that suggest the benefits of an
attitude of extreme giving at work."[2] In recognition for his work, Grant was named a World
Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Thinkers50 Most Influential Global
Management Thinker in 2015.[10]
A year later his second book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, was
published.[12] This study looked at the benefits for pursuing artistic avocations, constantly
improving rather than constantly innovating business practices, and the benefits
of procrastination.[11] The book became a New York Times bestseller and inspired a TED
talk on the habits of original thinkers.[13][14] Reviews of the book were mixed. While Scientific
American praised Grant's work,[citation needed] The Guardian was more critical, commenting: "At
times, Grant could be accused of straying off-topic, especially when he is dispensing
advice. Children taught how their bad behaviour affects others develop a moral sensibility
lacking in those who are merely admonished, he writes, without providing a clear link to the
concept of originality."[15]He was named to Fortune's 40 under 40 the same year.[16] In 2017,
he co-authored his third book with Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl
Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. The book
focused on Grant’s close relationship with his co-author and her resilience after her
husband’s mysterious death at a Mexican resort.[17]
On August 8, 2017, a software engineer from Google, James Damore, published his
controversial 10-page manifesto that argued that there were a range of reasons why men
were the majority demographic at Google.[18][19] Grant published a rebuff on LinkedIn which
was featured on CNBC. In his rebuff, he outlined modern consensus among social
scientists that believe there is "little to no" differences between the sexes in technical

Adam Grant is the host of the WorkLife podcast.[20]
In 2017 Grant co-founded (along with University of Michigan Professor Wayne Baker and
social scientist Cheryl Baker) Give and Take, Inc.[21], a company that makes a software
called Givitas, a web-based SaaS platform designed to help organizations implement the
principles from his book Give and Take.
Grant serves on the board of Lean In.[22]

Published work[edit]

 Grant, Adam. 2013. Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

 Grant, Adam. 2016. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.
 Grant, Adam; Sandberg, Sheryl. 2017. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience,
and Finding Joy.

Grant has written hundreds of research papers, journal articles, newspaper articles, and
blog posts. Since 2015, he has been a Contributing Writer for the New York Times Opinion
Section and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.[23]

Grant has won numerous awards for research, speaking, writing, and teaching. He won the
Class of 1984 Teaching Award, acknowledging him as the highest rated Wharton MBA
professor, in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He has won over a dozen of other teaching
awards at the Wharton School.[23]

See also