Nicholas Pearce
Nicholas A. Pearce

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

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Dr. Nicholas Pearce serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations and academic director of the MSMS Russell Fellows Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. His research examines values-driven leadership, diversity & inclusion, collaboration, and change in organizations around the world. As a professor, executive adviser, and leadership coach, he has served several of the world's premier for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Allstate Foundation, Aon Hewitt, Boston Scientific, BP, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Urban League, Civic Consulting Alliance, Council of State Governments, Cristo Rey Network, Donors Forum, Jones Lang LaSalle, KIPP Foundation, Legacy Healthcare, McDonald's, NASA, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Novartis, The PrivateBank, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Ronald McDonald House Charities, United States Olympic Committee, and WomenHeart.

Dr. Pearce is committed to serving the community, serving on the boards of the Chicago Community Trust's African American Legacy Fund, the Chicago Faith & Leadership Consortium, and Ignite Progress. He is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and has been honored for excellence and promise as a scholar and leader by several organizations, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Mustard Seed Foundation, Wentcher Foundation, National Black MBA Association, and Union League Club of Chicago. He has also been named one of Chicago's 40 Game Changers (under 40) by WVON/Ariel Investments, a Galbraith Scholar by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a Public Voices Faculty Fellow with The OpEd Project. He and his award-winning work have been featured in global media outlets including The Atlantic, BusinessWeek, Discovery Channel, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Marketplace, MSNBC, Newsweek, Strategy+Business, Time,, and Washington Post.

Dr. Pearce is also an ordained minister, currently serving as Assistant Pastor and Ministerial Alliance Director of the historic Apostolic Church of God on Chicago's South Side. He is an internationally sought-after preacher, teacher, and conference speaker, and is the youngest assistant pastor to serve Apostolic since the church's founding in 1932. He is emerging as one of his generation's most trusted and influential voices, with a ministry that has already impacted tens of thousands of lives across cultural, generational, and denominational boundaries.

Dr. Pearce holds the Ph.D. in Management & Organizations from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering & Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with the Harvard Divinity School. Connect with him on Twitter @npearce1.

Areas of Expertise
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Change
Organizational Culture
Organizational Learning
Organizational Structure and Relationships

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Ph.D, 2012, Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Kellogg PhD
M.S., 2009, Management & Organizations, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
S.B., 2007, Chemical Engineering and Management, Concentration in Religious Studies, School of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Academic Positions
Clinical Assistant Professor, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2013-present
Visiting Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-2013

Other Professional Experience
Assistant Pastor, Apostolic Church of God, 2012-present
Aon Hewitt Global Diversity and Inclusion Consulting Practice, 2012-2012
Northwestern University Center for Leadership, 2011-2012
Transporter Consulting Group, LLP, 2007-2007
Deloitte Consulting, LLP, 2004-2005

Honors and Awards
Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago
Named one of Chicago's 40 Game Changers Under 40, Ariel Investments/WVON
Northwestern Public Voices Faculty Fellow, The OpEd Project
H. Naylor Fitzhugh PhD Fellowship Award, National Black MBA Association
Harvey Fellow, Mustard Seed Foundation
John Kenneth Galbraith Scholar, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

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Research Interests
Institutional complexity, Leadership, Organizational change, Values-based organizations, Megachurches, Vocation

Perkins, Susan E, Katherine W. Phillips and Nicholas A Pearce. 2013. Ethnic Diversity, Gender, and National Leaders. Journal of International Affairs. 67(1): 85-104.
King, Brayden and Nicholas A Pearce. 2010. The Contentiousness of Markets: Politics, Social Movements, and Institutional Change in Markets. Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 249-267.
Livingston, Robert and Nicholas A Pearce. 2009. The Teddy-Bear Effect: Does Having a Baby Face Benefit Black Chief Executive Officers?. Psychological Science. 20: 1229-36.
Pearce, Nicholas ASusan E Perkins and Katherine W. Phillips. "Women Presidents Outperform Their Male Counterparts in Complex Economies." Huffington Post, January 31, 2014.
Pearce, Nicholas A. "The Leadership Lessons of Nelson Mandela.", December 12, 2013.
Pearce, Nicholas A. "The Challenge of the 'New Black Church'."

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Teaching Interests
Organizational behavior, Leadership in organizations, Values-based leadership, Group & team dynamics, Megachurch leadership & administration, Values & vocation in organizations
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Leadership in Organizations (MORS-430-0)
This course provides students with the social science tools needed to solve organizational problems and influence the actions of individuals, groups and organizations. It prepares managers to understand how to best organize and motivate the human capital of the firm, manage social networks and alliances, and execute strategic change. This is accomplished through knowledge of competitive decision making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics, corporate culture and strategic organizational design.

Leading and Managing Diverse Organizations (MORS-462-5)

**This course was formerly known as MORS 462-B**

Today's global marketplace is more diverse than ever before - on multiple dimensions. Leaders need specific tools & techniques to effectively understand, lead, and leverage others in these increasingly complex, more diverse organizations and markets. This course blends theoretical and practical, evidence-based insights to provide you with proven strategies & frameworks to successfully harness the power of diversity in organizations and markets.

Leadership in Organizations (MORSL-420-0)
The Leadership in Organizations course is designed to enhance your ability to effectively build and lead high-performing organizations. This introductory course will integrate fundamental insights from the behavioral & social sciences to provide you with a set of strategies & techniques to build social capital, build & leverage diverse teams, navigate complex organizational dynamics, and execute strategic change in organizations.

Leadership in Organizations (MORSM-430-0)

Executive Education
Leading Into the Future: Managing in a Changing World
Formerly "21st Century Management"
Explore the innovations in marketing, talent management, operations and leadership that formulate the new frontiers of today’s rapidly changing business environment. You will come away with a clear understanding of the technology and managerial tools that will enable you to tackle tomorrow’s challenges, today.

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