Faculty Positions


Research Interests

Dr. Grant’s research focuses on altruism and prosocial motivation, meaningful work, job design, initiative and proactivity, leadership, and employee well-being and burnout. His pioneering research has introduced evidence-based techniques that motivate helping and safety behaviors among doctors and nurses, as well as reducing burnout.  Dr. Grant has conducted research in organizations such as Google, Borders, the U.S. Air Force, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and conducted field experiments with medical professionals, salespeople, lifeguards, and fundraisers.

Selected Publications 

Grant AM. Relational job design and the motivation to make a prosocial difference. Academy of Management Review. 2007; 32: 393-417.

Grant AM, Campbell EM, Chen G, Cottone K, Lapedis D, Lee K. Impact and the art of motivation maintenance: The effects of contact with beneficiaries on persistence behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 2007; 103: 53-67.

Grant AM. The significance of task significance: Job performance effects, relational mechanisms, and boundary conditions. Journal of Applied Psychology. 2008; 93: 108-124.

Grant AM, Gino F. A little thanks goes a long way: Explaining why gratitude expressions motivate prosocial behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2010; 98(6): 946-955.


Bio Sketch

Dr. Grant is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and tenured management professor at Wharton. 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.

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, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes,  Research in Organizational Behavior, and Harvard Business Review. He has served on the AMR, AMJ, and JAP editorial boards, and he is currently an Associate Editor at AMJ.  His studies have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, CNN, The Financial Times, and Daniel Pink’s bestselling book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

At Wharton, Dr. Grant has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for all of his classes: the MBA teamwork and leadership core, the MBA negotiations elective, and the undergraduate organizational behavior elective. He has also received the Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty MBA Teaching Award and has been recognized as one of the world's top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. He has taught executive education, consulted, and presented for clients such as Medco, Merck, Novo Nordisk, United Health Group, Google, Citi, Yahoo!, IBM, Accenture, Time-Warner Cable, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Havas, Borders Group, Duke Energy, Grant Thornton, Elsevier, Sunoco, the American Financial Services Association, Teach For America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. He has designed several experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $58,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, negotiation, and motivation skills. 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-State and All-American springboard diver and performed for over a decade as a professional magician.