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

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

To Brag or Not to Brag: Social Impact Research from Professor Deb Small

If you do a good deed but no one knows about it, does your contribution even matter? Does public sharing (or bragging, or #humblebragging) make your generous activities seem more self-serving than selfless?  In a series of studies, Wharton marketing and psychology professor Deborah Small examined myths and perceptions aroundRead More

Knowledge for Social Impact: Spring 2015 Undergraduate Course Announced

This spring, Katherine J. Klein, Vice Dean for Social Impact and Professor of Management, will once again offer her undergraduate, cross-disciplinary class:  Knowledge for Social Impact — Analyzing Current Issues and Approaches [MGMT 241-001, previously MGMT 199-021], on Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. Course Overview Recent technological changes – Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter,Read More