I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Management DBA program at Harvard Business School. My research explores the ways in which varying relational experiences, as facilitated by contextual factors, lead to, or inhibit, important individual and organizational outcomes such as engagement, fulfillment, motivation and performance, and individual development. My exploration is primarily field-based, and largely quantitative in nature. I use field experiments, quantitative analyses of archival data, and social network analysis in answering my research questions. I have conducted research across various industries–including food processing; fruit harvesting; auto manufacturing; fast food; and consulting.
I was formerly with The Morning Star Company, a California based integrated food processing company, where I co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute. I was principally responsible for advancing Morning Star through their unique and innovative organizational system. Morning Star, which has been called, “the world’s most creatively managed company” and was named one of Inc. Magazine’s most audacious companies because of their organizational system, is widely considered one of the world’s leading organizational innovators. My leadership in advancing their philosophy and systems, combined with my drive to better understand human nature and motivation through research and experimentation, were instrumental in enabling Morning Star’s organizational system to scale as Morning Star experienced significant growth.
I have spoken to audiences in the U.S. and around the World, and won the 2012 Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for my work advancing Self-Management.
I currently live in the Boston area with my wife and our five children.