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Xu Han

Visiting Lecturer

Contact Information

Address: 3025 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-6502
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Xu Han (“Henry”) is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Management Department at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow in the Wharton Global Family Alliance. Henry earned his Ph.D in Management (Strategy) from Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in 2011. His main areas of interest include corporate governance, business model, corporate entrepreneurship and venture capital.

Henry’s dissertation examines privatization and restructuring of state-owned enterprises in China. Privatization, in which the government sold their ownership to private parties, brings radical changes to the governance structure of the firms and is an important ongoing phenomenon which reshapes both Chinese firms as well as the overall economic landscape of China. Henry’s dissertation focuses specifically on the post-privatization organizational changes (e.g. CEO turnover, business portfolio restructuring) and studies the antecedents as well as the consequences of these changes after privatization.  

Besides privatization, Henry also examines the transition of the business model and organization design in established firms. He specifically studies the process through which an established firm transforms from its old business model into new business model and how such transition is facilitated or hindered by the design of its organization.



  • 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.

  • MGMT264 - Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management

    This course focuses on venture capital management issues in the context of a high-growth potential start-up company. The course is motivated by rapid increases in both the supply of and demand for private equity over the past two decades. The topic is addressed from two distinct perspectives: issues that relate to the demand for private equity and venture capital (the entrepreneur's perspective) on the one hand, and issues that relate to the supply of capital (the investor's perspective) on the other. As well, we will address management issues that relate to how the VC and the entrepreneur work together once an investment has been made, compensation issues, and governance issues in the privately held venture capital backed company.

    Format: Case/discussion format, supplemented by lectures and guest speakers.

    Requirements: Classroom participation, written case assignments, late midterm.

    Materials: Required coursepack and supplemental recommended reading.