Isaac H. Smith is an assistant professor of management and organizations at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. 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; and (3) how can businesses and organizations help battle 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 PhD in business administration (organizational behavior) from the University of Utah, and he earned an MBA and BA 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.
- Ingram, Krista; Ay, Ahmet; Kwon, Soo; Woods, Kerri; Escobar, Sue; Gordon, Molly; Smith, Isaac; Bearden, Neil; Filipowicz, Allan; Jain, Kriti. "Molecular Insights into Chronotype and Time-of-Day Effects on Decision-Making" Scientific Reports. 6 (2016): Article No. 29392
- Kouchaki, Maryam; Smith, Isaac; Netchaeva, Ekaterina. "Not All Fairness Is Created Equal: Fairness Perceptions of Group vs. Individual Decision Makers" Organization Science. 26.5 (2015): 1301-1315
- Smith, Isaac; Seawright, Kristie. "Social Innovation Through Development Franchising: Compensating for a Lack of Entrepreneurial Expertise and Connecting to Formal Supply Chains" The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation: New Frontiers in Africa, Ed. Verena Bitzer, Ed. Ralph Hamann, Ed. Martin Hall, Ed. Eliada Griffen-EL. Springer International. (2015): 49-62
- Kouchaki, Maryam; Smith, Isaac. "The Morning Morality Effect: The Influence of Time of Day on Unethical Behavior" Psychological Science. 25.1 (2014): 95-102
- Smith, Isaac; Aquino, Karl; Koleva, Spassena; Graham, Jesse. "The Moral Ties That Bind . . . Even to Out-Groups: The Interactive Effect of Moral Identity and the Binding Moral Foundations" Psychological Science. 25.8 (2014): 1554-1562
- Smith, Isaac; Kouchaki, Maryam. "Does the Morning Morality Effect Hold True Only for Morning People?" Psychological Science. 25.12 (2014): 2275-2276
- Seawright, Kristie; Smith, Isaac; Mitchell, Ronald; McClendon, Richard. "Exploring Entrepreneurial Cognition in Franchisees: A Knowledge-Structure Approach" Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 37.2 (2013): 201-227
- Smith, Isaac; Woodworth, Warner. "Developing Social Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators: A Social Identity and Self-Efficacy Approach" Academy of Management Learning and Education. 11.3 (2012): 390-407
- Smith, Isaac; Brief, Arthur. "Managerial Ethics: Managing the Psychology of Morality" Business Ethics Quarterly [Book Review], Ed. Marshall Schminke. Business Ethics Quarterly. 22 (2012): 456-463
- Bingham, John; Dyer Jr., W. Gibb; Smith, Isaac; Adams, Gregory. "A Stakeholder Identity Orientation Approach to Corporate Social Performance in Family Firms" Journal of Business Ethics. 99.4 (2011): 565-585
Awards and Honors
- Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors (2016) Poets&Quants
- Clifford H. Whitcomb Faculty Research Fellowship (2016) Cornell University
- Teaching Honor Roll (2016) Johnson School, Cornell University
- NCC 5070 - Challenges in Leadership
- NCC 5040/NCCY 5040 - Leading Teams
- Ph D University of Utah, 2014
- MBA Brigham Young University, 2007
- BA Brigham Young University, 2004