7 Wharton Faculty & Doctoral Students Awarded Funding for Social Impact Research

Rigorous research provides the foundation for meaningful and sustainable social change. The Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fund for Social Impact Research helps support faculty and doctoral social impact research across many areas and disciplines. Awards typically range from $1,000 – $10,000, allowing recipients to advance their social impact research, developRead More

New, Award-Winning Research on Impact Investing by Wharton Faculty and Collaborators

How real is the impact in impact investing? One way to answer this question is to investigate the legal contracts that bind impact investors. To what extent do these contracts reinforce a commitment to impact? “Contracts with Benefits,” a new study by researchers at the Wharton School, Chicago Booth, andRead More

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