Sreedhari Desai is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and a Crist W. Blackwell scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Kenan Flagler Business School). Previously, she was a faculty fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics at the UNC and 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). She obtained her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at the David Eccles School of Business in the University of Utah. She did her undergraduate studies at the Punjab Engineering College in the field of Metallurgical Engineering, and earned an M.S. degree in Finance from the University of Utah. 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 women to create a more equal and better-performing workplace.
Sreedhari is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, and grants, most notable among them being a research fellowship by the Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and a Research Initiative Grant offered by the National Stock Exchange of India, Mariner S. Eccles Graduate Fellowship in Political Economy, MBA Teaching All-Star award (several times in a row), a finalist for the ASPEN dissertation proposal award, CIBER mini grant from UNC's Center for International Business Education and Research, and UNC's University Research Council Junior Faculty Development Award.
Sreedhari's work has been published in academic outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and received extensive media coverage from journals such as the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, the Boston Globe, NineMSN, the Irish Times, the Financial Times, the Toronto Star, the Indian Express, the MotleyFool, the Huffington Post, the Economic Times, the Christian Science Monitor, to name a few.