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Samir Nurmohamed

Samir Nurmohamed, PhD

Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Adversity, motivation, behavioral ethics, resilience, storytelling, punishment, whistleblowing, cover-ups, socialization, onboarding, injustice, stereotypes, stigma

About Samir

Professor Samir Nurmohamed is a faculty member at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines how people endure, respond, and persist when experiencing adversity at work. Professor Nurmohamed has two primary streams of research related to adversity: one on motivation, primarily focusing on underdogs and the impact of low expectations, and another on behavioral ethics, investigating how employees respond to the adversity of unethical behavior in their organizations. His work has been published in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and featured in outlets such as the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Athletic, TED’s WorkLife, and NPR's Hidden Brain.

Professor Nurmohamed (or as he is known to his students, “Prof Nurmo”) teaches the MBA core course Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership (MGMT 610), as well as the course Power and Politics in Organizations (MGMT 272/772) in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. At Wharton, he has received several teaching awards, including the Teaching Excellence Award, Excellence in Teaching for the Undergraduate Division Award, and MBA Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award.

Professor Nurmohamed completed his PhD in Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan and earned his BA in Economics and Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. For fun, he enjoys karaoke-ing to Drake and Kanye, cheering for Toronto and Michigan sports, traveling to new countries, and eating at both fancy and hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Philly (i.e., the best pound-for-pound food city in America) with his wife, Salimah, and their toddler (who is becoming a little foodie…with strong opinions).

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