Matt Statler

Matt Statler

Joined Stern 2009

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-97
New York, NY 10012



Matt Statler joined New York University Stern School of Business as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations in July 2009. He serves as the Richman Family Director of Business Ethics and Social Impact Programming for Stern's Undergraduate College, leading and coordinating the four-course Social Impact Core Curriculum as well as a range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Statler served as the director of research for NYU's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, where he coordinated the research activities of the Center's multiple projects, while conducting original research focused on ethics of crisis management.

Professor Statler's research has appeared in a number of academic journals and edited volumes including the Oxford Handbook of Organizational Decision Making. His most recent book is entitled, Everyday Strategic Preparedness: The Role of Practical Wisdom in Organizations. Written with support from the Mellon Foundation, his dissertation examined the role of repetition in education, focusing specifically on the philosopher's allegorical return to the cave.

Professor Statler served from 2006-2008 as the associate director of NYU's International Center for Enterprise Preparedness, where he conducted research and coordinated special projects focused on how businesses can become more strategically prepared for crises. Before joining NYU, he served as Director of Research at the Imagination Lab, a nonprofit Swiss foundation. In that role, he designed and facilitated strategy processes for major corporate, non-governmental and educational organizations, while guiding a multidisciplinary research team that produced dozens of academic publications. Previously, he worked in A.T. Kearney's nonprofit practice, and served as managing director at Weberize, an Internet consulting firm.

Professor Statler earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish Literature from the University of Missouri at Columbia and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. He spent one year at the University of Heidelberg as a Fulbright Scholar.

Research Interests

  • Practical wisdom
  • Play, aesthetics and art
  • Catastrophe preparedness

Courses Taught

  • Business and Its Publics
  • Professional Responsibility and Leadership

Academic Background

B.A., Philosophy and Spanish Literature
University of Missouri

Ph.D., Philosophy
Vanderbilt University

Areas of Expertise


  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


  • Corporate Governance


  • Crisis Communications/Catastrophe Preparedness


  • United States