Nathanael Fast’s research focuses on the tools people use to lead, organize, and influence others. His work examines the determinants and consequences of power and status hierarchies in groups and organizations as well as the social psychological mechanisms that lead people, ideas, and practices to become and stay prominent. He also studies the psychology of social networks and the causes and consequences of adopting new technologies.
New research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin with colleagues shows that people with a high need for belongingness respond to positions of power with submissiveness.
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In 2014, Fast was selected as one of the "World's 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40" by Poets & Quants.