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Katherine Klein

Edward H. Bowman 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

Links: CV, Personal Website, Wharton Social Impact Initiative

  • MGMT621 - Management of People at Work

    Organizational life is built around a complex interplay of social forces. Networks of cooperation, group conflicts, systems of power and influence, career paths, and reward systems shape how people and organizations manage and are manageed. The purpose of this course is to provide a framework for analyzing the impact of these social forces on individuals, groups, and the organization. MGMT621 will introduce you to general theories of organizational behavior and human resource management, and their application to specific managerial problems. The concepts covered in this course will help you better understand how to motivate and lead those you manage, as well as better understanding your own motivation and performance at work. Managerialand professional careers involve frequent changes in responsibilities, so the course provides concepts for analyzing how managerial approaches may vary in different organizational and industry settings. We will discuss, based on these analyses, how to develop and implement organizational designs and human resource systems that achieve competitive advantage through the management of people.

  • MGMT653 - Field Application Project

    The course is unique since there are no classroom meetings, all meetings are held in the professor's office in small groups of 4-6. Student teams work with faculty and host managers to construct innovative solutions to real-time issues. Solutions are integrative and cross-functional in nature. The course encourages creative thinking and uses cutting-edge ideas like game theory, measuring changes to brand equity, and non-market cap equity indexing. An emphasis is placed on teaching students how to frame unstructured business so as to convince others. Some projects are with non-profits, particularly those in microfinancing and the arts.

  • MGMT890 - Managing in Emerging Economies: Energy and Infrastructer in Brazil


  • MGMT892 - Advanced Study Project - Technological Innovation

    This mini course is restricted to recipients of the Mack Fellowship for Technological Innovation which is offered each year to four students or teams via an open competition announced to all second-year MBA students in January, with winners selected in May. The mini-course is a required part of the broader Fellowship to ensure grounding in current concepts, frameworks and tools for managing emerging technologies. The course covers such topics as how to assess innovation opportunities, common traps firms fall into, winning strategies and business models, financing new ventures, organizational structure and alliances, as well as leadership.

  • MGMT893 - Advanced Study Project for Entrepreneurial Management

  • MGMT953 - Seminar on Research Methods

    This is an introductory doctoral seminar on research methods in management. We examine basic issues involved in conducting empirical research for publication in scholarly management journals. We start by discussing the framing of research questions, theory development, the initial choices involved in research design, and basic concerns in empirical testing. We then consider these issues in the context of different modes of empirical research (including experimental, survey, qualitative, archival, and simulation). We discuss readings that address the underlying fundamentals of these modes as well studies that illustrate how management scholars have used them in their work, separately and in combination.