Professor Daylian Cain joined the Yale School of Management as a full-time faculty member in 2007. Hailing from Nova Scotia, Cain is a former Canada science scholar in Computer Science. He has three master’s degrees (in Rational Decision Theory, Ethics, and Industrial Administration) and, from Carnegie Mellon, he received his Ph.D. in business. Prior to joining Yale, Cain was the Russell Sage Fellow of Behavioral Economics at Harvard. He has won university and national teaching awards for his courses on leadership and ethical decision-making, and he teaches popular negotiations seminars to executives across the globe. He likes to say that his teaching focuses on “why smart people do dumb things.”

Cain’s research is published in top academic journals in economics, psychology, management, law, medicine, marketing, the non-profit sector, and strategy, winning the Society of Business Ethics’ conference paper of the year award in 2010 and earning multiple distinctions as among journals’ “top-ten most-cited papers in last five years.” His work has been discussed in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, USA Today, the New York Times, and NPR. In 2017, he was named “Industry Leader” on Conflicts of Interest by the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard, which called his work “among the most relevant research in fiduciary reform.” Cambridge Press published his co-edited book, Conflicts of interest: Problems and solutions from law, medicine, and organizational settings.

Fun facts: Dr. Cain’s poker avatar, “Raising Cain,” is one of the final bosses you may face in a popular video game, “Advanced Poker Training.” He also has appeared as a special guest on National Geographic’s TV show, Brain Games (Season 2, “You Decide”).

    Certificate Programs

  • Oct 28 - Dec 8
    Leading Effective Decision-Making
    Join Yale's renowned faculty for a 6-week program that develop the skills to confront challenging decisions with confidence.

    learn more