As might be expected, the top 40 also are prolific scholars, producing seminal papers for esteemed journals. But many go beyond that and take their esoteric texts outside of the ivory tower. In other words, they translate their research into practical insights with real-world applicability. German-born Nina Mazar, 34, of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has presented her research on moral decision-making before the European Commission and the Canadian Revenue Agency. Harvard Business School’s Deepak Malhotra, 38, was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Book Award by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention for this book Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond. Advisers to heads of states and armed groups seek out his advice to pave the way to peace–so do C-suite executives and celebrities such as former supermodel Tyra Banks.
In other practical matters, Jeremy Kees, 35, of the Villanova School of Business conducted research on cigarette warning labels and anti-smoking interventions that played a key role in the Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to add graphic images to cigarette packages. Kathleen Vohs, 39, of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School is credited with proving a principle that defines President Barack Obama’s daily routine: Her research found that decisions deplete energy; accordingly, the President leaves his clothing and food choices up to others to conserve his mental bandwidth for matters with more far-reaching implications.
Both inside and outside the classroom, Poets&Quants’ “Top 40 Under 40” are influencers in their fields while having a meaningful impact on their students’ lives. And arguably all of them are just getting started. If their previous successes are any indication, these top profs will be shaping business education and MBA futures for years to come.