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

Social Impact at Wharton Global Forum: 4 Takeaways

Visionaries, rainmakers, trend-spotters, influencers, inventors, disruptors, advisers—these are Wharton alumni. Several members of the WSII team had the pleasure of attending the 52nd Wharton Global Forum in New York City, where we heard fascinating panels and networked with attendees. The common thread among these leaders in business, government, academia, andRead More

Has Impact Investing Been Seduced? That’s One Hypothesis

Commentary by Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein In the latest edition of SSIR, we read Mara Bolis and Chris West’s thoughtful critique of the evolution of impact investing with great interest. Bolis and West argue that impact investors have become increasingly “seduced” by the promise ofRead More

Knowledge@Wharton: Derek Handley on Finding Purpose, Leadership, and Hybrid Capital

In this Knowledge@Wharton interview, social entrepreneur Derek Handley spoke with Vice Dean Katherine Klein on the importance of vision and what it takes to make a difference. An edited transcript of the conversation follows: Katherine Klein: How did you find your purpose as a businessperson? Derek Handley: I think the common patternRead More

2016: The Social Impact Year in Review

Each new year, we are filled with possibility. Some make resolutions, some set major goals, and some are just excited to return to the campus routine once more. As we begin what is sure to be a busy spring semester, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the events, stories,Read More

Dollars and Change interviews AeraVC founder Derek Handley

Derek Handley's professional triumphs have landed him among some of the world's biggest names and corporations (and maybe even in space). The New York-based social entrepreneur, speaker and author was previously the founding CEO of B Team, where he collaborated with Sir Richard Branson to catalyze better ways of doing business. Last month, heRead More

On SiriusXM: Thanksgiving Day Marathon of “Dollars and Change”

Politics. Racism. Recidivism. The economy.  Topics that might be taboo at the holiday dinner table — but we think they shouldn't be. This Thanksgiving, join us for the third annual Business Radio "Giving Back" marathon where we're broadcasting the most insightful and engaging segments of "Dollars and Change" all dayRead More

News from Wharton Social Impact: Spring Semester In Review

This weekend, more than 150 Wharton alumni gathered to talk with us about business strategies for a better world. As part of Wharton Reunion Weekend, we were honored to host an alumni panel moderated by WSII Managing Director Sherryl Kuhlman, WG’01.  The session—featuring panelists Abigail Bach, G’86 WG’86, Dawn Hines, WG’91, andRead 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