Adam Grant is The Class of 1965 Professor of Management and Psychology at The Wharton School and author of the New York Times bestseller Give and Take, which was translated into 27 languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management, and the Washington Post’s books every leader should read. He has been recognized as Wharton’s top-rated teacher and one of Bloomberg Businessweek’s favourite professors, the world’s top 40 business professors under 40, HR’s most influential international thinkers, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favourite social science writers. His research, speaking, and consulting clients include Google, Goldman Sachs, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army and Navy. An award-winning researcher and leading expert in work and success, he has published more than 50 articles during the last five years in prominent psychology and management journals. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a BA from Harvard University, and he was profiled in the New York Times magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?

As a fellow at the MPI, Adam Grant will be framing a fundamental challenge to the observed transactional infrastructure norm between individuals, which is to ensure that they take at least as much as they give in every individual transaction.  This has formed the basis for much of the professional education and modern negotiation theory we see today.  Grants work could change the way we think about this entire field of study.