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Marshall W Meyer

Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor

Professor of Management and Sociology

Research Interests: management in china, measurement of organizational performance, organizational change, organizational design

Contact Information

Address: 2014 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-6992
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401



PhD, University of Chicago, 1967; MA, University of Chicago, 1965; AB, Columbia University, 1964

Recent Consulting

Strategies for Chinese firms; design and evaluation of performance measurement systems

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1987-present (named Richard A. Sapp Professor, 2002; Anheuser-Busch Term Professor of Management, 1987-92). University of Pennsylvania: 1988-present (Associate Member, Center for East Asian Studies, 2004-present). Previous appointments: University of California, Riverside; Cornell University; Harvard University. Visiting appointments: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Singapore Management University; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Tsinghua University; Yale University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine

Professional Leadership

Senior Editor, Management and Organization Review; Advisory Editor, Harvard Business Review—China; Board of Scholars, Chief Executive Leadership Institute, Yale University

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership

Board of Directors, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; Board of Directors, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (US)


  • Marshall W Meyer (2005), Managing Indefinite Boundaries: The Strategy and Structure of a Chinese Business Firm, Management and Organization Review  Abstract
  • Marshall W Meyer (2003), Subjectivity and the Weighting of Performance Measures: Evidence from the Balanced Scorecard, Accounting Review  Abstract
  • Marshall W Meyer, Rethinking Performance Measurement: Beyond the Balanced Scorecard (2002).

Awards And Honors

  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1993-1994

In The News

Knowledge @ Wharton



  • MGMT788 - Governance and Management of Chinese Firms

    This course provides an examination of some of the largest busines firms in thePeoples Republic of China, acquainting students with the governance and management (both management structure and management teams) of some of the largest and best known Chinese firms. Students will also become acquainted withthe capabilities and liabilities of Chinese firms and their strategic options. Tools needed to assess the investment potential of Chinese firms will be provided, and students will have an opportunity to do original research on issues of governance and management of Chinese firms.

  • MGMT933 - Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Research in Management

    This course, is required of all first-year doctoral students in Management and open to other Penn students with permission, provides an introduction to the psychological and sociological roots of management theory and research. The courseis predicated on the belief that to be effective as a contemporary management scholar one needs a background in "the classics." Therefore, we will be reading classics from the fields of psychology and sociology in their original form during this semester.