Isaac H. Smith

Isaac H. Smith

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

401L Sage Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
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 causes and consequences of (un)ethical behavior, the psychology of inspiration, 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, Nature’s Scientific Reports, and Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice. 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. In 2015, Professor Smith was awarded the Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Fellowship by the Johnson School, and he was named one of the “40 Best Business School Professors Under 40” by Poets & Quants in 2016.

Professor Smith 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, and 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

  • Walker, S. S.; Smith, Isaac H.; Diekmann, K.; Hunsaker, D..  "Face Concerns, the Devaluing of Apologies, and Fairness Perceptions"

  • Smith, Isaac H.; Soderberg, A. T.; Netchaeva, E.; Okhuysen, G. A..  "Moral conversations: A qualitative examination of emotions, rules, and consequences in social moral reasoning"

  • Kouchaki, M.; Smith, Isaac H.; Savani, K..  "The Effect of Morality on the Psychological Sense of Choice"

  • Smith, Isaac H.; Kouchaki, M.; Wareham, J..  "The effect of unethical requests on performance"

  • Netchaeva, E.; Smith, Isaac H.; Romney, A. C.; Brief, A. P..  "The interactive effect of work meaningfulness and economic need on meaning in life"

Book Chapters

Isaac H. Smith