With faculty drawn from 10 departments, Wharton’s professors and lecturers generate the knowledge and innovations that transform global business practice
How do you teach entrepreneurship and innovation? How do you turn a spark into a flame? How do you create a new business? Or recreate an existing business from within?
As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve tackled many of these questions personally. I’ve learned that failure feeds success. That a good idea is often not the same as a real business. And that entrepreneurship is both art and science.
That’s how we approach it at Wharton. We provide the tools, space and real-world input to fully develop your idea. Then we give you the business acumen to grow it, sustain it and scale it for success.
Thanks to our faculty, our facilities, and our extraordinary alumni network, there is truly no place like Wharton for entrepreneurs and innovators. Welcome!
Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation; CIBC Endowed Professor; Professor for Operations and Information Management
Research Interests: environmental issues, product design and development, innovation
Karl Ulrich has led dozens of innovation efforts for medical devices, tools, computer peripherals, food products, web-based services, and sporting goods. He holds more than 20 patents and is the co-author of Product Design and Development (5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011), a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide.
Professor Ulrich holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT. At Penn, he co-founded the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Product Design Program, two institutions fostering innovation in the university community.
Research Interests: wealth creation and family business
Assistant Professor of Management
Research Interests: entrepreneurship, emerging economies, economic development, organization theory, entrepreneurial finance (venture capital, crowdfunding, and microfinance)
Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions; Executive Director, Center for Health Care Innovation
Research Interests: clinician and patient decision making, health care management, health policy, medical ethics, physician executives, technology assessment, behavioral economics
Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Director, Engineering Entrepreneurship at the School of Engineering and Applied Science
Research Interests: engineering entrepreneurship, technological innovation, marketing
The K.P. Chao Professor; Professor of Marketing, Statistics, and Education; Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Doctoral Programs; Co-Director – Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative; Chairperson, Wharton Marketing Department
Research Interests: bayesian computation, latent variable models, marketing research methods, missing data problems, psychometrics
Research Interests: law and entrepreneurship; talent rights in the gig economy; lending and fintech regulation; smart-contract roles in risk-mitigation; restructuring and bankruptcy
Sebastian S. Kresge Professor of Marketing; Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions
Research Interests: marketing and strategic issues related to the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries, marketing issues related to the entertainment and pharmaceutical industries., marketing research, marketing/operations/r&d interface, new product forecasting and planning models, new product planning and forecasting models, pricing
Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor; Co-Director – Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative; Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: lifetime value of the customer, sales forecasting for new products, using behavioral data to understand and forecast shopping/purchasing activities across a wide range of industries. managerial applications focus on topics such as customer relationship management
Richard A. Sapp Professor; Professor of Management
Research Interests: intellectual property rights, start-up innovation, strategies for commercializing technological innovation, venture capital
Edward H. Bowman Professor; Professor of Management; Vice-Dean, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
Research Interests: employee stock ownership, innovation and technology implementation, leadership, diversity, teams, and social networks, multilevel organizational theory and research
Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils Associate Professor of Management; Associate Professor of Management
Research Interests: crowdfunding, distributed and user innovation, entrepreneurial strategy, entrepreneurship in innovative industries, games and business, role of individuals in firm success, self-organization among individuals
William Stewart Woodside Professor; Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: brand equity, marketing metrics: competitive marketing strategies, product line strategy: resource allocation
Simon and Midge Palley Professor of Management; Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division
Research Interests: innovation diffusion, learning in interorganizational networks, technological and organizational evolution
Senior Fellow, Health Care Management
Research interests: private equity and venture capital in emerging markets; private sector health care activity in emerging markets; biotechnology and health care entrepreneurship; health care management capacity building in developing countries; technology transfer; innovation and knowledge management; and, history of entrepreneurship in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
David M. Knott Professor; Co-Director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management
Research Interests: competitive strategy, evolution of fit, firms as systems of interconnected choices
Mack Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives
Research Interests: corporate governance, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, management buyouts, strategies for corporate acquisitions
Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School; Senior Fellow Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management
Research Interests: innovation management, healthcare operations, new service delivery models, lean operations
Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
Research Interests: digital convergence, internet policy, gamification, telecommunications regulation, online learning innovations
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Research Interests: media, advertising, industrial organization, social networks, social media, news media, user-generated content, privacy, political economy, open innovation, two-sided matching, search engines
Murrel J. Ades Professor; Professor of Marketing; Director, Penn China Center
Research Interests: channel and retail management., competitive strategies, market entry, targeted pricing and other pricing strategies