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Organizational behavior, global leadership, cultural and personal adaptation


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Andy Molinsky is a Professor of International Management and Organizational Behavior at Brandeis University's International Business School. He is also the author of two business books: Global Dexterity and Reach. Andy received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University.

Andy's current work focuses on the challenges people face when stepping outside their personal and cultural comfort zones. He has published widely in many top academic journals, and his work has also been featured in media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, the Economist, Fast Company, the New York Times the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and on NPR.

Prior to entering academia, Andy studied in Spain and worked for an international marketing research firm in France.


Harvard University, Ph.D.
Harvard University, M.A.
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, M.A.
Brown University, B.A.

Courses Taught
  • BUS 120a Organizational Behavior in Business
  • BUS 219f Fundamentals of Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 222f Global Dexterity
  • Noval L.J., Molinsky A.L., Stahl G.K. "Motivated dissimilarity construal and self-serving behavior: How we distance ourselves from those we harm,." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 148. (2018): 145-158.
  • Molinsky, Andrew L. Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence. New York: Penguin Random House, 2017.
  • Molinsky, Andrew L. "The psychological processes of cultural retooling." Academy of Management Journal 56. 3 (2013): 683-710.
  • Molinsky, Andrew L. Global Dexterity: How to adapt your behavior across cultures without losing yourself in the process.. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press, 2013.
  • Molinsky, A.L, Grant, A.M. & Margolis, J.D. "The bedside manner of homo economicus: How and why priming an economic schema reduces compassion." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 119. (2012): 27-37.
  • Molinsky, A.L., Davenport, T.H., Iyer, B. & Davidson, C.. "Three skills every 21st century manager needs." Harvard Business Review January/February. (2012).
  • Molinsky, Andrew L. "A situational approach for assessing and teaching acculturation.." Journal of Management Education 34. (2010): 723-745.
  • Grant, A.M., Molinsky, A.L., Margolis, J.D., Schiano, W. & Kamin, M. "The performer's reactions to procedural injustice: When prosocial identity reduces prosocial behavior." Journal of Applied Social Psychology 39. 2 (2009): 319-349.
  • Margolis, J.D. & Molinsky, A.L.. "Navigating the bind of necessary evils: Psychological engagement and the production of interpersonally sensitive behavior.." Academy of Management Journal 51. 5 (2008): 847-872.
  • Molinsky, A.L. & Perunovic, W.Q.E.. "Training wheels for cultural learning: Poor language fluency and its shielding effect on the evaluation of culturally inappropriate behavior.." Journal of Language and Social Psychology. 27. 3 (2008): 284-289.
  • Molinsky, Andrew L. "Cross-cultural code-switching: The psychological challenges of adapting behavior in foreign cultural interactions.." Academy of Management Review 32. (2007): 622-640.
  • Molinsky, A.L. & Margolis, J.D.. "The emotional tightrope of downsizing: Hidden challenges for leaders and their organizations.." Organizational Dynamics 35. (2006): 145-159.
  • Molinsky, A.L., & Margolis, J.D.. "Necessary evils and interpersonal sensitivity in organizations.." Academy of Management Review 30. (2005): 245-268.
  • Molinsky, A.L., Krabbenhoft, M., Ambady, N. & Choi, Y.S.. "Cracking the Nonverbal Code: Intercultural Competence and the Diagnosis of Gestures Across Cultures." Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 36. (2005): 380-395.
  • Molinsky, A.L.. "Language Fluency and the Evaluation of Cultural Faux Pas: The Case of Russians Interviewing for Jobs in the United States." Social Psychology Quarterly 68. (2005): 103-120.
  • Molinsky, A.L.. "Sanding down the edges: Paradoxical impediments to organizational change.." The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 35 (1999): 8-24.
Awards & Honors
  • (2019) Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 50 Global Leaders in Coaching
  • (2014) Excellence in Teaching Award, Brandeis International Business School
  • (2014) Silver Medal, Axiom Best Business Book Award in International Business/Globalization Category
  • (2009) Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award, Academy of Management
  • (2006) Runner-up, Best Paper Award for Academy of Management Review