Building The Evidence Base: Establishing Wharton’s Role in a Shifting Industry

Since the controversial “Google Diversity Memo” surfaced over the weekend, our inboxes have been filled with strong reactions. Amidst the cacophony of responses, one piece seems to resonate strongly with readers: Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s analysis on “Differences between Men and Women are Vastly Exaggerated.” Why are CNN, CNBC, Fortune andRead More

Podcast: Professor Shane Jensen Talks Vibrant Urban Planning on “Dollars and Change”

In this episode of “Dollars and Change,” Shane Jensen, Co-Director of Wharton’s PhD program, Associate Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School and Host of Wharton Moneyball, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss urban analytics, understanding the economics and social functions of a city, on Dollars andRead More

Research Review: Does Gender Diversity on Boards Really Boost Company Performance?

Many commentators suggest that gender diversity in the corporate boardroom improves company performance because of the different points of view and experience it offers. However, rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research paints a different picture. Despite the intuitive appeal of the argument that gender diversity on the board improves company performance, researchRead More

Faculty Perspective: Mary-Hunter McDonnell on corporate activism

Corporations are increasingly tackling social issues head on.  How can they do so in a way that is at once authentic to their identity and value-creating for their shareholders? In this interview, Wharton professor Mary-Hunter McDonnell describes the impact corporations can have on social issues and the role shareholders canRead More

Six Social Impact Courses to Consider Next Semester

At Penn, undergrads can choose from a plethora of courses relating to social impact. These interdisciplinary courses help increase understanding of business practices, while also giving students the tools to tackle the most pressing social issues affecting our world today. As you select your spring semester schedule, consider one (or more)Read More

Faculty Perspective: Corporate Social Impact Starts From Within—and From the Top

Chobani founder and chief executive Hamdi Ulukaya just announced that the company would be providing its 2,000 full-time employees with a combined 10 percent ownership stake in the company stock when it goes public or gets sold. The number of shares per employee would be determined based on tenure, butRead More

Nine Great Social Impact Courses to Consider This Spring

Interested in deepening your understanding of the business of social impact?  Wharton offers numerous courses that will help you understand and tackle many of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world. We keep a running list of just some of the many MBA and undergraduate courses that relate to social impact,Read More

Spotlight: Three Social Impact Courses To Consider this Fall

Wharton’s curriculum offers plenty of options, emphasizing an intensive, flexible core plus the depth of 18 majors and breadth of nearly 200 electives. On our website, we keep a running list of just some of the many MBA and undergraduate courses that relate to social impact, from the management department to financeRead More