Simon and Midge Palley Professor
Professor of Management
Vice Dean and Director, Wharton Undergraduate Division
Research Interests: innovation diffusion, learning in interorganizational networks, technological and organizational evolution
MGMT101 - Introduction To Management
This course is an introduction to the critical management skills involved in planning, structuring, controlling and leading an organization. It provides a framework for understanding issues involved in both managing and being managed, and it will help you to be a more effective contributor to organizations that you join. We develop a "systems" view of organizations, which means that we examine organizations as part of a context, including but not limited to environment, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people and outputs. We consider how managerial decisions made in any one of these domains affect decisions in each of the others.
MGMT265 - Culture of Technology
Academics, students and practitioners alike are fascinated by the culture of tech sector--its people, practices, and organization. In this course we explore this sector using a combination of academic research papers and practitioner involvement. Each class session will be devoted to discussion of a single research article, during which we will be joined via Telepresence technology by a Wharton alum from the tech sector whose expertise is relevant to the paper topic. Therefore, the learning objectives of this half-credit course are to: 1)Understand the managerial, organizational, and regional institutions that characterize the tech sector, with particular emphasis on the case of Silicon Valley 2)Bridge research and practice by critical analysis of academic research in conjunction with practitioner input 3) Forge connections with tech sector practitioners, particularly with our west coast alumni base. Registration is by application only; Penn In Touch requests will not be processed. Enrollment is limited. Students should contact the professor if they are interested.
MGMT935 - Network Theory and Applications
This course explores network models and their applications to organizational phenomena. By examining the structure of relations among actors, network approaches seek to explain variations in beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes. The beauty of network analysis is its underlying mathematical nature - network ideas and measures, in some cases, apply equally well at micro and macro levels of analysis. Therefore, we read and discuss articles both at the micro level (where the network actors are individuals within organizations) and at the macro level (where the network actors are organizations within larger communities) that utilize antecedents or consequences of network constructs such as small worlds, cohesion, structural equivalence, centrality, and autonomy.
MGMT952 - Seminar in Macro-Organizational Behavior
Organizations are ubiquitous, and so is organization. This half-semester course explores organization theory (OT) from the 1960s through the end of the 20th century. We will examine the proliferation of organizational theories during this time period (such as contingency theory, resource dependence theory, ecological theory, and institutional theory) and understand how each theory attempts to relate structure and action over varying levels of analysis. We will determine one or two additional schools to add once we discuss your exposure in other management classes to other potential topics such as behavioral decision theory, sensemaking and cognition, organizational economics, corporate governance, social networks, and the like.