Dr. Sheen S. Levine studies how people behave and how they impact others, organizations and markets. His research spans disciplines: He studied how knowledge sharing affects performance, how open collaboration facilitates innovation, and how ethnic diversity deflates price bubbles. He currently studies how Pay It Forward creates surprising acts of kindness, how “mind reading” enhances performance, and how isolation can bring success.
He collaborates with economists, psychologists, sociologists and cognitive scientists. But also with entrepreneurs and members of companies such as Bain and Company, Blackrock, Deloitte, and KPMG. He led research teams to publications in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Organization Science. The findings were cited by scholars in business, economics, psychology, sociology, law, and computer science. They have a wide-reaching impact, appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, Reuters, Forbes, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Business Insider, South China Morning Post, Forbes India, The Australian Financial Review and others. In 2015, New York City changed how it selects managers for its $160 billion pension funds, citing research by Dr. Levine and associates.
As a professor, Dr. Levine has taught global strategic management, organizational theory, entrepreneurship and innovation to students and executives in the US, Europe and Asia. He is an op-ed contributor to the New York Times and engages tens of thousands on twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, American Sociological Association, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, American Economic Association, and Economic Science Association. His research was conducted at The University of Pennsylvania, where he was trained, MIT, Columbia, and the University of Texas at Dallas, among others.