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Nathan Pettit

Nathan Pettit

Joined Stern 2011

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-64
New York, NY 10012


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Nate Pettit is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations. He currently teaches the core course "Leadership in Organizations" in the full-time MBA program, having previously taught undergraduate and PhD students at Stern. He serves on the advisory council of the Leadership Development Program and is the faculty representative for the MBA student podcast, Stern Chats. Professor Pettit is also active in developing and delivering custom executive education short courses and seminars on leadership, culture, team dynamics, conflict, motivation, and group decision making.

Professor Pettit's research focuses on status dynamics, competition, and cross-cultural psychology. His work has been published in multiple management and psychology journals as well as featured in a variety of media outlets. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching, included recently being named to Poets and Quants “40 most outstanding MBA professors under 40,” best paper awards at both the Academy of Management and INGRoup conferences, and the Stern Distinguished Teaching Award.

Prior to joining NYU Stern, Professor Pettit taught "Leading Teams" while completing his PhD at Cornell University.

Research Interests

  • Status and social hierarchy
  • Competition
  • Intergroup relations

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Seminar in Organizational Behavior (PhD)
  • Leadership (full-time MBA)
  • Leadership in Organizations (full-time MBA and Tech MBA)
  • Management in Organizations (UG)

Academic Background

Ph.D., Management, 2011
Cornell University

M.A., Social-Organizational Psychology, 2006
Columbia University

M.P.S., Statistics, 2003
Cornell University

B.S., Statistics, 2002
Cornell University

Areas of Expertise


  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior