Nicholas Pearce
Nicholas A. Pearce

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations

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Dr. Nicholas Pearce is Clinical Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research examines institutional leadership & change, institutional complexity, and organizational authenticity in diverse organizational contexts, ranging from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 corporations, to the halls of power in national governments, to the pulpits of America’s megachurches. His research has been published in scholarly outlets including Psychological Science and The Annual Review of Sociology. Professor Pearce and his work have also been featured in Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Discovery Channel, MSNBC, ABC News, The Boston Globe, The Economic Times of India, The African American Lectionary, and His teaching on values-driven leadership, collaboration, high-performance teams, organizational change & innovation, and the power of diversity integrates world-class social science with rich organizational expertise and insightful people sense to create challenging and memorable learning experiences.

Professor Pearce has been honored for excellence and promise as a scholar, leader, and educator by several organizations, including the United States Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, N’Digo Foundation, and Union League Club of Chicago Engineers’ Foundation. He has been named one of the 40 Game Changers (under 40) by Ariel Investments/WVON Urban Business Roundtable, a Leadership Fellow of the Center for Leadership at Northwestern University, a Harvey Fellow of the Mustard Seed Foundation, an H. Naylor Fitzhugh Fellow of the National Black MBA Association, and a John Kenneth Galbraith Scholar of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Pearce serves several of the world’s premier for-profit and not- for-profit organizations as an executive adviser, coach, and educator in the areas of leadership & values, management, strategy, change & innovation, and human capital development. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the International Leadership Association, and served as the twelfth President of The PhD Project Management Doctoral Students Association.

Professor Pearce holds the Ph.D. and M.S. in Management & Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the S.B. in Chemical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Religious Studies earned in conjunction with the Harvard Divinity School. In addition to his academic and professional engagements, Dr. Pearce is also a respected leader in the faith community, currently serving as Assistant Pastor of the historic Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side.

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
S.B., 2007, Chemical Engineering and Management, Concentration in Religious Studies, School of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Other Professional Experience
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

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

Perkins, Susan E., Katherine W. Phillips and Nicholas Pearce. 2013. Ethnic Diversity, Gender, and National Leaders. Journal of International Affairs. 67(1): 85-104.
Pearce, Nicholas. 2009. The Teddy-Bear Effect: Does Having a Baby Face Benefit Black Chief Executive Officers?. Psychological Science. 20: 1229-36.
King, Brayden G. and Nicholas Pearce. 2010. The contentiousness of markets: Politics, social movements, and institutional change in markets. Annual Review of Sociology. 36: 249-67.

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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 counts toward the following majors: Management & Organizations.

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-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.

Negotiations Fundamentals (MORS-960-C)
The purpose of this course is to study the process of how people reach agreement and to develop an analytical framework for reaching more effective agreements. The course is designed for participants to observe and learn experientially through the use of role-playing exercises. In-class discussions and lectures serve to supplement the exercises.