Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Sreedhari Desai is an award-winning, tenured professor and Crist W. Blackwell scholar at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Previously, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Before joining UNC, she was a research fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics (Harvard University) and at the Women and Public Policy program (Harvard Kennedy School). Her work is published in top Management outlets such as AMJ, ASQ, and OBHDP, and has received extensive media coverage, including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Times of India, The Toronto Star, Les Affaires and the Gao Kao.
In her research, she explores two of the most important challenges facing modern organizations: how to improve ethicality and how to achieve equity. In her main stream of research, she examines context based interventions aimed at improving ethical decision making. In her other stream of research, she looks at ways organizations can level the playing field for minority members to create a more equal and better-performing workplace. Sreedhari teaches MBA courses in leadership, management, decision making, and negotiations, and is the faculty chair of the Full Time MBA program. She studies socially charged issues like race, gender, and sexual orientation, and brings these normally undiscussed issues into the MBA classroom. Her goal is to inspire business students to be fearless in tackling important societal issues both inside and outside the classroom.
As an international keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and consultant on negotiation, strategic decision making and diversity, Sreedhari is a trusted advisor and partner to numerous high-performing private sector organizations, as well as military leaders. One of the most highly-rated faculty in Executive Development, Sreedhari has engaged with both domestic and international clients, such as the US Navy, the US Army, the US Air Force, FORSCOM, Veteran Affairs, Sunbelt Rentals, Kroger’s, Marriott, ExxonMobil, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, American Financial Services Association, Textron, Institute of Defense & Business, Commscope, NC DHHS, CSX Bioenergy, Water & Wastewater, Ferguson, Vulcan Materials, and IBM. She also has expertise and interest in women’s leadership, and regularly speaks on negotiation, advocacy, and advancement for women in organizations.