Jayanth (Jay) Narayanan is an Associate Professor in the Management & Organization Development group at Northeastern. He also holds a joint appointment with the Bouve School of Health Sciences. Before joining Northeastern, Jay was an Associate Professor of Management & Organizations at the NUS Business School. He received his PhD from the London Business School and has held academic positions at IMD Business School in Switzerland. Jay is a highly published researcher, with work appearing in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology. His research interests include the impact of human biology on workplace phenomena, the nature, and effects of mindfulness on well-being, and the role of social power and status dynamics in organizations. He is currently focused on studying the impact of psychedelics on well-being in healthy individuals. In addition to his academic pursuits, Jay has taught executives around the world and has provided coaching to startup founders on the importance of personal well-being for the success of their ventures. Before entering academia, Jay was an entrepreneur in India and co-founded one of the country's largest skills assessment companies. He was also recognized as a distinguished alumnus by his alma mater, XLRI Jamshedpur.


  • PhD Organizational Behavior, London Business School
  • MBA, XLRI, Jamshedpur, India
  • Bachelor of Engineering, RVCE, Bangalore, India

Awards and Recognition

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, XLRI Jamshedpur
  • Outstanding Educator Award, National University of Singapore

Selected Publications

  • Andrighetto et al. (In Press). Changes in Social Norms During the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic Across 43 Countries. Nature Communications.
  • Lavanchy, M., Reichert, P., Narayanan, J., & Savani, K. (2023). Applicants' fairness perceptions of algorithm driven hiring procedures. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-26.
  • Simonsson, O., et al (2023). Mindfulness in politics: a qualitative study on mindfulness training in the UK. Mindfulness. 14, 1362-1370.
  • Simonsson, O., Goldberg, S. B., Marks, J., Yan, L., & Narayanan, J. (2022). Bridging the (Brexit) divide: Effects of a brief befriending meditation on affective polarization. PloS one, 17(5), e0267493.
  • Simonsson, O, Narayanan, J. & Marks, J. (2022). Love Thy (Partisan) Neighbor: Brief Befriending Meditation Reduces Affective Polarization. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. 25(6): 1577-1593.
  • Masters-Waage, T., Nai, J., Reb, J., Sim, S., Narayanan, J., Tan, N. (2021). Going far together by being here now: Mindfulness increases cooperation in negotiations. Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes. 167, 189-205.
  • Kniffin, K. M., Narayanan, J., Anseel, F., Antonakis, J., Ashford, S. P., Bakker, A. B., … & Vugt, M. V. (2021). COVID-19 and the workplace: Implications, issues, and insights for future research and action. American psychologist, 76(1), 63.
  • Nai, J., Narayanan, J., Hernandez, I., & Savani, K. (2018). People in more racially diverse neighborhoods are more prosocial. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114(4), 497.
  • Tai, K., Narayanan, J., & McAllister, D. J. (2012). Envy as pain: Rethinking the nature of envy and its implications for employees and organizations. Academy of Management Review, 37(1), 107-129.
  • Narayanan, J., Tai, K., & Kinias, Z. (2013). Power motivates interpersonal connection following social exclusion. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 122(2), 257-265.