Dr. Nathanael Fast is the Jorge Paulo and Susanna Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Management at USC Marshall. His work examines the micro-level underpinnings of power systems relevant to leadership in the 21st century, including the determinants and consequences of hierarchy, social networks, and emerging technology. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
At USC, Fast directs the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making as well as the Hierarchy, Networks, and Technology Lab. He has won awards for both teaching and research, including the Golden Apple Teaching Award and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research at USC, as well as past selection by Poets and Quants as one of the World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40. In addition to his academic work, he has co-founded three nonprofit organizations that unite leaders and influencers from across sectors to solve societal challenges. He presently serves as Co-Director of the Psychology of Technology Institute, which brings leading scientists, technologists, and policymakers together to improve the technologies that are shaping our future.
Fast is a sought-after instructor across USC Marshall’s programs and his rigorous scientific background, combined with a practical, interaction-based teaching style means you will leave the seminar with actionable tools, insightful techniques, and impactful action plans to take your leadership to the next level.
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Fast, N. J., & Chen, S. (2009). When the boss feels inadequate: Power, incompetence, and aggression. Psychological science, 20(11), 1406-1413.
Fast, N. J., Gruenfeld, D. H., Sivanathan, N., & Galinsky, A. D. (2009). Illusory control: A generative force behind power’s far-reaching effects. Psychological Science, 20(4), 502-508.
Fast, N. J., Sivanathan, N., Mayer, N. D., & Galinsky, A. D. (2012). Power and overconfident decision-making. Organizational behavior and human decision processes, 117(2), 249-260.