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 & Organizations and the Founding Director of Stern’s Leadership Accelerator. He currently teaches core and elective leadership courses in the full-time MBA program, Langone evening MBA program, NYC and DC Executive MBA programs, and the one-year focused MBA programs. Nate serves on the MBA core curriculum committee, Faculty Council, and as the faculty representative for the MBA student podcast, Stern Chats. Nate is also active in developing and delivering custom and open-enrollment executive education courses on leadership and team dynamics.

Nate's research broadly focuses on hierarchical dynamics and competition. His work has been published in management, psychology, and general science journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Psychological Science. He also currently serves on the editorial board of Academy of Management Discoveries and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Nate has won various awards for his research and teaching, included being named to Poets & Quants “40 most outstanding MBA professors under 40,” receiving Stern’s Distinguished Teaching Award (highest teaching honor at NYU Stern), and has twice been voted both “Professor of the Year” by MBA students and “Great Professor” by the graduating EMBA class.

Research Interests

  • Social hierarchy
  • Underdogs and favorites
  • Cross-cultural issues

Courses Taught

  • Leadership (Technology and Fashion & Luxury MBA)
  • Leadership in Organizations (NYC EMBA and full-time MBA)
  • Leadership Training for High Potential (DC EMBA)

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