I have been a professor at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, since 2007, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution since 2018. I grew up amidst wheat fields on the border of Washington and Idaho, the grandson of dust bowl refugees. I studied economics, mathematics, and music at the University of Puget Sound before working as an industrial engineer at Boeing.
I completed a Ph.D at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley in 2005. I likely still hold the record for the most consecutive failed years (4) attempting to secure a tenure-track position in Strategy.
I am currently Chief Academic Advisor of CivicScience and Behavioral Science Advisor for Maritz, LLC. I also consult across industries.
I am a six-time cancer survivor--the fortunate beneficiary of two stem cell transplants and the insurance to pay for them. My spirit animal is the Weeble Wobble.
I currently live with my wife Vincenza and our son Carlo in St. Louis and split my free time between Idaho and Italy. My brother Forrest is a professor of music composition at the University of Kansas and the 2012 winner of the Barlow Prize. You can hear his work (and offer him commissions) here.