University of Southern California

Nathanael Fast
Assistant Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-1047
Education: 
Ph.D., Stanford University

Overview

Nathanael Fast studies the determinants and consequences of power and status in groups and organizations. He also examines the psychological processes that influence the spread of culture. His findings have been published in top-tier academic journals including Psychological Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Academy of Management Journal. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in media outlets such as The Economist, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and New York Times. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research and was recently selected by Poets & Quants as one of “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40".

Research

Fast, N., and Joshi, P., "Decision Making at the Top: Benefits and Barriers (in press)," in Cheng, J., Tracy, J., and Anderson, C., eds., The Psychology of Social Status 2014.
Fast, N., Burris, E., and Bartel, C. (2014) "Managing to Stay in the Dark: Managerial Self-Efficacy and the Aversoin to Employee Voice (in press)," Academy of Management Journal.
Joshi, P., and Fast, N. (2013) "I Am My (High-Power) Role: Power as a Determinant of Role Identification," Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 898-910.
Joshi, P., and Fast, N. (2013) "Power and Reduced Temporal Discounting," Psychological Science, 24, 432-438.
Fast, N., Halevy, N., and Galinsky, A. D. (2012) "The Destructive Nature of Power Without Status," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 391-394.
Fast, N., Sivanathan, N., Mayer, N. D., and Galinsky, A. D. (2012) "Power and Overconfident Decision-Making," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 117, 249-260.
Cho, Y., and Fast, N. (2012) "Power, Defensive Denigration, and the Assuaging Effect of Gratitude Expression," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 778-782.
Fast, N., and Overbeck, J. R. (2011) "The Curse of Power: Elevated Resource Control Hinders Self-Determination," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.
Fast, N. (2010) "Blame Contagion: The Automatic Transmission of Self-Serving Attributions," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46 (1), 97-106.
Fast, N., and Chen, S. (2009) "When the Boss Feels Inadequate: Power, Incompetence, and Aggression," Psychological Science, 20 (11), 1406-1413.
Fast, N., Heath, C., and George, W. (2009) "Common Ground and Cultural Prominence: How Conversation Reinforces Culture," Psychological Science, 20 (7), 904-911.
Fast, N., Gruenfeld, D. H., Sivanathan, N., and Galinsky, A. D. (2009) "Illusory Control: A Generative Force Behind Power's Far-Reaching Effects," Psychological Science, 20 (4), 502-508.
Morrison, K. R., Fast, N., and Ybarra, O. (2009) "Group Status, Perceptions of Threat, and Support for Social Inequality," Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (1), 204-210.
Morrison, K. R., and Fast, N. (2007) "Perceived Intergroup Threat and the Status-Dominance Relationship," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.