Associate Professor (with tenure)                                                            March 2017 – Present
Director, Cultural Science Institute                                                          March 2017 – Present
Nanyang Assistant Professor                                                                    March 2016 – Feb 2017
Assistant Professor                                                                                     July 2015 – Feb 2016
Division of Strategy, Management, and Organisation
Nanyang Business School
Associate Professor of Psychology (by Courtesy)                                  January 2019 – Present
School of Social Sciences
Nanyang Technological University

Assistant Professor                                                                                       July 2012 – June 2015
Department of Management and Organisation
National University of Singapore Business School

Postdoctoral Scholar                                                                                     July 2010 – June 2012
Management Division, Columbia Business School


Ph.D. in Psychology, Stanford University, June 2010
Doctoral Dissertation: Cultural variation in choice and its consequences: Implications for decision making, victim blaming, and social policies

B.A. in Economics (with Honors), Stanford University, June 2005
Honors Thesis: Essays in Experimental Economics


2018 Poets and Quants “Best 40 under 40 Professors”
Awarded to 40 MBA professors from around the world each year.

2016 Nanyang Assistant Professorship (first in Nanyang Business School)
“Fellowship to attract exceptional young academics throughout the world to work at NTU, further strengthening NTU’s commitment to research excellence.” (

2016 Research Excellence Award, Division of Strategy, Management, and Organisation,
Nanyang Business School

2016 Singapore Business Review’s 18 influential business professors aged 40 and under. (

2015 Rising Star Award (Inaugural), Association for Psychological Science
“Recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” (

2014 Outstanding Educator Award, NUS Business School


Achieving “Car-Lite Singapore”: Understanding Motorist Behavior and Developing
Interventions (PI). Behavioral Studies in the Energy, Water, Waste and
Transportation Sectors. Total amount S$679,782 (US$496,241).

Influence of Social Motivations on Cultural Learning, Adjustment, and Integration
(PI). Singapore Social Science Research Council. Total amount S$576,782

Psychological Consequences of Exposure to Variability (PI). Nanyang Assistant
Professorship Award. Total amount S$872,984 (US$646,655).

Role of Implicit Processes in Cultural Learning (PI). Singapore Ministry of Education
ACRF Tier 2 Grant. Total amount: S$255,893 (US$204,714).

Cultural Differences in Meta-norms (PI). Singapore Ministry of Education ACRF Tier
1 Grant. Total amount: S$89,252 (US$66,112).

Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship (PI). National University of Singapore.
Total amount: S$50,000 (US$40,000).

Improving Quality of Decision Making Through an Active Decision Making Mindset
(PI). Singapore Ministry of Education ACRF Tier 1 Grant. Total amount:
S$36,200 (US$28,960).

Decision Making in Indian Cultural Contexts (Co-PI). Singapore Ministry of Education
ACRF Tier 1 Grant. Total amount: S$69,600 (US$55,680).

Editorial Activities

Management and Organization Review, Senior Editor, 2018-present
Social and Personality Psychology Compass, Section Editor, 2015-2018
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Editorial Board, 2013-present
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Editorial Board, 2013-present
Asian Journal of Social Psychology, Editorial Board, 2016-present
Personnel Selection and Decisions, Editorial Board, 2016-present
Frontiers in Psychology, Editorial Board, 2016-2017

Popular Press Articles

Savani, K., & Zou, X. How to get high-potential employees interested in leadership development programs. Harvard Business Review, September 7, 2018.

Savani, K. Decisions, decisions … the more (options) the merrier. Straits Times, November 27, 2017.

Basu, S. & Savani, K. To make better choices, look at all your options together. Harvard Business Review, June 28, 2017.

Savani, K. When decisions are based on social norms rather than our preferences. Straits Times, February 28, 2017.

Savani, K., Stephens, N. M., & Markus, H. R. Stories of choice in India and the U.S. Mint (a Wall Street Journal publication), May 4, 2011.

Courses Taught

Nanyang Business School
Managerial Decision Making, 2015-2017 (MBA)

National University of Singapore
Negotiation and Influence in Asia, 2012-2015 (Executive Education).
Managerial Decision Making, 2012-2015 (MBA)
Managerial and Organizational Cognition, 2012-2015 (BBA)
Negotiations and Bargaining, 2013-2014 (BBA)

Columbia Business School
Managerial Negotiations, 2010-2011 (MBA)
Hierarchical Linear Modeling for the Behavioral Sciences, 2011-2012 (Workshop)

Stanford University
Hierarchical Linear Modeling for the Behavioral Sciences, 2009-2010 (PhD)


Arjun Sengupta (PhD in Economics from Ohio State University)
Shilpa Madan (PhD in Marketing from Nanyang Technological University)
Wang Yan (PhD in Economics from Nanyang Technological University)

PhD students:
Kevin Nanakdewa (supervisor)
Rashmi Sahai (co-supervisor, currently Lecturer at Curtin University)

Dissertation committee member:
Kenneth Tai (Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University)
Desiree Phua (Postdoc at Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences)
Xu Tu (Assistant Professor at University of Hawaii)
Shan Wen
Yap Wei Jie
Li Shaobo
Feng Zhiyu
Vincent Chee
Lukas Johannes Helikum

Invited Talks

University of New South Wales Business School, Fall 2017
WU University Vienna
, School of Business, Summer 2017
HEC Business School, University of Lausanne, Spring 2017
Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Fall 2016
National University of Singapore Department of Political Science, Fall 2015
UCLA Anderson School of Business, Spring 2015
Nanyang Business School, Fall 2014
HKUST Division of Social Science, Fall 2014
Singapore University of Technology and Design, Spring 2014
Singapore Management University, Fall 2013
University of Zurich, Spring 2013
Indian School of Business, Spring 2013
China Europe International Business School, Spring 2013
Kyoto University Kokoro Research Center, Fall 2012
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Fall 2012
National University of Singapore Business School, Spring 2012
UC San Diego Rady School of Management, Spring 2012.
London Business School, Spring 2012.
INSEAD, Fall 2011.
University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Fall 2011.
University of Virginia Batten School of Leadership, Fall 2011.
Stanford Graduate School of Business, Fall 2011.
New York University Stern School of Business, Spring 2011.
Berkeley Haas School of Business, Spring 2010.
HEC Paris, Spring 2010.
Columbia Business School, Spring 2010.

Ad hoc Reviewing

Applied Psychology: An International Review
Behavioral Decision Making
British Journal of Psychology
Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science
Cognitive Science
Contemporary Educational Psychology
Cross Cultural Research
International Journal of Psychology
Journal of Consumer Research
Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
Leadership and Individual Differences
Psychological Science
Social and Personality Psychology Science
Social Cognition