The 40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 In The World

Deepak Malhotra of Harvard Business School

Deepak Malhotra of Harvard Business School

Take, for instance, Leslie Robinson, 38, of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. The slight professor of business administration is one of the few instructors to make a repeat appearance on the “Top 40 Under 40”–an accomplishment that reflects an outstanding academic and teacher as well as an all-around incredible person. Robinson is credited with “bringing accounting to life” for her students–a task many would put on par with a miracle. From reviewing students’ backgrounds before the first day of class to running with MBAs in Reach the Beach, a 200-mile overnight relay, LesRob (as she’s affectionately called) has inspired a near cult-like adoration among her students–an entire class once serenaded her with Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson.”

Other “Top 40 Under 40” profs share Robinson’s zest for connecting with students through extra-curricular activities and athleticism. Duke University’s Bill Mayew played varsity basketball at UNC –Wilmington and still shoots hoops with MBA candidates, often blocking their shots in student-versus-faculty games. Not to be outdone, Greg Fisher, 37, of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business has 45 marathons and 16 ultra-marathons under his shoes. The South African is also an Ironman triathlete, thrice over.

Others, such as  Markus Giesler, 37, pursue entirely different professions alongside their academic careers. The marketing professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business maintains a recording studio in Germany and spends summers touring Europe with his band, the Rocksoldiers. These experiences color his classroom sessions and inform his research on entertainment and high-technology marketing. Adam Waytz of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is also in the music industry. The boyish and bespeckled 33-year-old teaches values-based leadership and ethics in one world and tours the globe with his rap group, Kill the Vultures, in another.

Nina Mazar of the Rotman School is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

Nicolas Glady of ESSEC is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

These standout pedagogues bring their rich extracurricular lives to the classroom. They’re engaging and energetic. Giesler tells of walking out of intense lectures dripping with sweat–he’s also been known to set off smoke alarms (once while lighting his dissertation on fire) and to reconvene class at the mall for an impromptu market research lesson. Xiaoyan Zhang, 37, a finance professor at Purdue’s Krannert School, tells of losing three pounds for every eight-week class she teaches.

Many of Poets&Quants’ top profs liven up intense, and doubtless dull, subjects with humor and interactive lessons. Northwestern University’s Kelly Goldsmith, 34, is known for her ready wit, enthusiasm, and anecdotes. The Kellogg professor of marketing  includes comical clips of her stint on the TV reality series “Survivor: Africa” in the class’ end-of-year review video. Wharton’s Michael Sinkinson, 31, teaches risk from an insurance perspective by simulating the game show “Deal or No Deal”–complete with the series’ suspenseful “thinking music.”

These young academic superstars also connect with their students outside the classroom and build genuine and lasting relationships. Sinkinson meets with students regularly for lunch, while Goldsmith is a staple at students’ performances and extracurricular activities. ESSEC Business School’s Nicolas Glady, 34, responds to student emails around the clock, often in a matter of minutes, regardless of the time of day or night.

  • Ganesh

    What’s the nomination process for this? I know the current EMBA class of ~90 ppl at Chicago Booth would endorse Prof. Epley and would also love to nominate Prof. Amit Seru to this list.

  • Shruti Srinivasan

    And how would you know?

  • Shruti Srinivasan

    Well that is a misconception then, isnt it? There are so many wonderful professors from Asia

  • umesh

    quickbuck, Which country you are from? Will you be not proud if anyone from your
    country achieves a coveted position? Rajendra,
    There is nothing wrong in expression of pride and happiness and it hasn’t
    mistreated anyone. We will also
    celebrate for Nitin Nohria J

  • JM

    For those that don’t already know…. Kelly Goldsmith was a candidate on “Survivor” back in the day.

  • quickbuck

    I don’t know, maybe you should ask yourself.

  • rajendra

    Did you read ”known”? Why self doubt, if at all ?

  • quickbuck

    Why you gave examples just from India?! Sometimes I have the impression you guys are discriminating.

  • martoma_the_cheat

    I’m studying in Asia and to be honest you don’t really have good professors…generally speaking.

  • Chris

    I know several of these professors—they are very special indeed. Bright and hard working.

  • wyldsson

    Disappointed not to see Jonah Berger (Wharton, author of Contagious – great book). I reckon he’s under 40.

  • BFLY

    Those who cant, teach. This list is a joke. Public education is second only to the insurance industry as the biggest scam going. A better article would be universities with the best career development offices…

  • joghonno

    please read my earlier comment as: no professor from any business school in China, India, or SE Asia.

  • rajendra

    There are many Asians in this list. Please count. They are already serving the knowledge market as Professors, Deans and Big Business CEOs too.

  • joghonno

    next time one professor from Asia will be included to cater to that market.

  • rajendra

    I am happy to see names of 2 Professors who are known: Anindya, NYU Stern and Deepak, HBS. Professionally I find the exercise of naming a list of people under 40 is ridiculous. In best organisations before recruitment sex and age etc are not discussed. These are the times of knowledge workers. In movies also actors are not considered on the basis of age. Bring value to the table, that’s it.An outdated concept, must be shunned.

  • JohnAByrne

    Do us all a favor and name the person and tell us why you think everyone supposedly hates the faculty member.

  • Wonderer

    you like Tuck things anyway John! Only blind can’t see this in your language about everything related to Tuck and Dartmouth in general 🙂

  • JohnAByrne

    He was on our list last time. We tried not to include people who were already honored. I think we made one exception: Tuck’s Leslie Robinson.

  • Dave

    Where’s Adam Grant?

  • Bryan

    I took professor Yaniv Konchitchki’s MBA class in financial accounting. He is really an incredible professor. Well deserve!

  • Kelly

    No Adam Grant?

  • Joe blow

    No. Sorry.

  • Jayanth Narayanan

    I have no idea how you come up with the list. Like another comment points out, there is no one from all of Asia. There are a number of people who I admire here. But, we do have some great teaching and research talent here in Asia!

  • Joe blow

    Any nude shots of Professor Goldsmith?

  • Wedding planner

    Not a single Asian school included. No good young professors in Asia?

  • Jeremy

    Doesn’t appear to be an overly diverse group of schools… would be interested to know if all business schools in the world were invited to participate or if you decided to just survey the top 50 schools in the world. Also surprised about not seeing Adam Grant from Wharton, who has appeared on other 40 under 40 lists previously.

  • Anthony

    I find it odd that the University of Rochester (Simon) Knyazeva sisters did not make the list for Finance.

  • Pedro Paulo

    how is this review done? there is a professor there that I know everyone hates.. how was he the selected one?