Isaac H. Smith

Isaac H. Smith

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

401L Sage Hall
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6201
Phone: 607-255-2662

Isaac H. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Broadly stated, his research focuses on the morality and ethics of organizations and the people within them. Specifically, his research examines the psychology of inspiration, the causes and consequences of (un)ethical behavior, and the potential role of business in battling the world’s social ills, such as poverty. His work has been published in academic journals, such as Organization Science, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Business Ethics, and Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, and his research has been covered by various media outlets, including BBC World Service Radio, Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Organizational Behavior) from the University of Utah, and he holds an MBA and B.A. from Brigham Young University. He has worked with and consulted for a number of Fortune 100 companies in the financial services and high-tech industries. He has also spent time in both Mongolia and Thailand, working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing poverty and promoting economic self-reliance.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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Published Papers

Working Papers

  • Smith, Isaac H.; Kouchaki, M.; Wareham, J..  "Be Careful What You Ask For: The Negative Motivational and Performance Consequences of Unethical Requests"

  • Brief, A.P.; Netchaeva, E.; Romney, A.C. ; Smith, Isaac H..  "Finding Meaning in Life, One Haircut at a Time: The Interactive Effect of Work Meaningfulness and Economic Need"

  • Ay, A.; Bearden, N.; Escobar, S.; Filipowicz, Allan M.; Gordon, M.; Ingram, K. K.; Jain, K.; Smith, Isaac H.; Woods, K..  "Molecular Basis for Chronotype and Time-of-day Effects on Decision-making"

  • Kouchaki, M.; Savani, K.; Smith, Isaac H..  "Moral Obligations and the Psychological Experience of Choice"

  • Smith, Isaac H..  "Seeing with New Eyes: The Disruption Model of Inspiration"

  • Netchaeva, E.; Okhuysen, G.; Smith, Isaac H.; Soderberg, A..  "The Behavioral Ethics of Deontology and Utilitarianism: Are They As Separable As They Seem?"

  • Rees, M.; Smith, Isaac H.; Soderberg, A..  "The Negative Side Effects of Ethical Leadership: The Mitigating Role of Leader-member Exchange on Psychological Reactance"

  • Diekmann, K.; Hunsaker, D.; Smith, Isaac H.; Walker, S. S,.  "The Offender Bias: How and Why Offenders Devalue Apologies and The Role of Face Concerns"

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