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John Paul MacDuffie

Professor of Management

Research Interests: links between corporate strategy and high-performance work systems, flexible/lean production systems, organizational learning, collaborative problem-solving, diffusion of management practices, product, organizational, and industry architecture, determinants of location decisions, managing people over distance

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  • MGMT611 - Managing Established Enterprises

    The management of large, established enterprises creates a range of multi-facet challenges for the general manager. A general manager needs to understand the internal workings of a firm, how to assess and create a strategy,an how to take into account increasing, globalization. While these issues are distinct, they are very much intertwined. As a result, this course will provide you with an integrated view of these challenges and show you that successful management in the 21st century requires a combination of insights drawn from economics, sociology, psychology and political economy.

  • MGMT612 - Management of Emerging Enterprises

    The management of emerging enterprises - new, small, entrepreneurial organizations - creates a range of multi-faceted challenges for the entrepreneur, whether the founder (and founding team) or the first generation of management. Establishing an emerging organization's unique business model or value proposition (not to mention its survival) is often the overriding preoccupation, but even in a new, small organization, managers need to under- stand how to develop the internal workings of a new firm, how to assess and create a strategy, and how to take into account ever-increasing globalization. While these issues are distinct, they are very much intertwined. As a result, this course will provide you with an integrated view of these challenges and show you that successful management in the 21st century requires a combination of insights drawn from economics, sociology, psychology and political economy. The course has three main parts. The first major part of the course will deal with fundamental issues of strategy, examining issues central to the long- and short-term competitive position of an enterprise.

  • MGMT613 - Career Planning

  • MGMT621 - MGMT OF PEOPLE AT WRK

    Inactive

  • 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.

  • MGMT751 - Strategic Management of Human Assets

    This course introduces the student to the strategic role human resource management might play in creating competitive advantages for firms. We study P/HRM policies and practices in context and consider broader corporate strategies, business activities, and competitiveness in an increasingly global marketplace. We give attention to the diversity of the American workforce, and to the effects of changing technologies in production and in provision of services.

  • MGMT892 - Advanced Study Project - Technological Innovation

    Corporate partners will propose a current business challenge they'd like to address; the Mack Institute will identify potential collaborators and facilitate the connection between the various parties. Guided by Wharton faculty, students selected for the program may provide the following: industry analysis, competitor analysis, general environment analysis (trends and uncertainties including political, technological, global, and sociocultural segments), and assessmentof the organization's internal strengths and weaknesses. Specific analysis willdepend on the questions the corporate partner organizations want to address. Anyone interested in the program may contact us directly at mackinstitute@wharton.upenn.edu. The institute's corporate partners include the following industries: automotive, pharmaceuticals, electronics, consumer products, government, and professional services.