Adam M. Kleinbaum

Associate Professor of Business Administration; Daniel T. Revers T’89 Faculty Fellow


Adam M. Kleinbaum is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Strategy and Management area at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  He teaches a core MBA course on leadership and organizational behavior, an elective seminar on social networks, and the core organizational behavior class in the Thayer School of Engineering.  He also leads experiential learning expeditions to Israel, focused on technology and entrepreneurship, and to Washington, DC and Montgomery, Alabama, focused on structural racism and its implications for leadership in a diverse world. He is co-founder of the Dartmouth Interdisciplinary Network Research (DINR) Group.  He previously served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Business School; he also received his doctoral and undergraduate degrees at Harvard.

Adam’s research examines the antecedents and evolution of social networks in organizations.  He has shown how formal and informal structures and processes, prior career history, and individual personality, and even brain structure and function shape the networks that one builds.  He also explores how the structure of a firm’s internal communication network serves to enable coordination, innovation and, ultimately, firm performance.

In a second stream of research, Adam is applying the tools of data analysis to study the diversity, equity and inclusion practices of organizations. He is collecting data through the Science of Diversity and Inclusion (SODI) initiative and writing cases.  Emerging work is bringing these two threads of research together, exploring what kinds of informal networks create inclusive organizations.

His work has been published in Nature CommunicationsAdministrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, the Strategic Management Journal, the Annual Review of Sociology, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Connections, and the Harvard Business Review and has been covered by many media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Huffington Post, Fast Company, and New York Magazine’s “Science of Us” column, among others, and informed "The Ultimate Secrets of Rock Star Networking." His research was among those featured in 2018's "Top Ten Insights from the Science of a Meaningful Life" and was the third most-read Life and Biological Sciences paper published in Nature Communications in 2018.

In 2018, Adam received the ASQ Award for Scholarly Contribution for his paper "Organizational Misfits," which was judged to have had the greatest impact of any paper published by the journal five years earlier.

He is an Associate Editor at Management Science and the Academy of Management Annals and serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal.


Adam Kleinbaum Named One of the Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors  //

Poets & Quants selects the Tuck strategy professor for its annual list of outstanding business school faculty under 40. Read more

You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brainwaves  //

Features research by Adam Kleinbaum exploring how neural activity can predict friendships.

Spontaneous Neural Encoding of Social Networks  //

Professor Kleinbaum's research suggest that the human brain has evolved to spontaneously encode information about our social networks.

Network Extraversion Bias  //

New research shows that the world looks more extraverted than it really is, especially to extraverts.

The Company You Keep  //

Adam Kleinbaum's award-winning research suggests those who follow nontraditional career paths may be more in the know. Read the article from Tuck Today






  • DBA, Harvard University, 2008
  • AB, Harvard College, 1998