Isaac Smith

Isaac Smith

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources,
Management, Department of
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Biography

Isaac Smith joined the Marriott School of Business in 2019, after spending 5 years as a faculty member at Cornell University. His research examines the morality and ethics of organizations and the people within them, with a particular focus on three primary questions:

(1) What are the causes and consequences of (un)ethical behavior?
(2) What motivates and inspires people to be their best selves--and otherwise fulfill their potential?
(3) How can businesses and organizations help battle the world's social ills, such as poverty?

His work has been published in top-tier academic journals, such as Organization Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science. His research has been covered by various media outlets, including BBC World Service Radio, Businessweek, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Isaac has worked with and consulted for a number of Fortune 100 companies in the financial services and high-tech industries, and he has spent time in both Mongolia and Thailand working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing poverty and promoting economic self-reliance.

Education

  • PhD, Organizational Behavior, University of Utah, 2014
  • MBA, OB/HR, Brigham Young University, 2007
  • BA, English & Economics (majors), Political Science (minor), Brigham Young University, 2004

Selected Publications

Experience

    Other
    • Assistant Professor, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2014 - 2019
    • Senior Consultant, Hitachi Consulting, 2007 - 2009

Awards

  • Teaching Honor Roll, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, 2017
  • 40 under 40 most Outstanding MBA Professors, Poets&Quants, 2016
  • Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Fellowship, Cornell University, 2015
  • Research featured in the "Top 10 Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life in 2013", The Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • Doctoral Student Teaching Excellence Award, University of Utah, 2013
  • Research Honorarium, Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, 2013

Languages

  • Mongolian