Joan Brett

Joan Brett


Phone: 480-965-4781


Joan F. Brett is an Associate Professor of Management & Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business. In 2015-2017, she served as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs where she was responsible for all graduate programs offered by the school, including master’s degrees in business administration, management, accountancy, taxation, information management, real estate development, and business analytics. From 2004 to 2012, she served as associate vice-provost and was responsible for graduate strategic planning and management, including professional development programs for doctoral students, chairs, and directors.

Professor Brett has consulted with many organizations on a range of issues from leadership development, feedback, and performance management to organizational change and structure. She has advised leaders in small businesses as well as large Fortune 500 companies and at all levels of management. As a thought partner, she assists executives in exploring ways for their leaders and associates to embrace organizational transitions, overcome resistance to change, and develop the skills needed for adaptive leadership.

Professor Brett’s research on motivation and performance issues has been published in leading academic journals and highlighted in The Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. Her recent research is on the advice-seeking behavior of upper echelon leaders. She serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Management and Group & Organization Management.