Mauro Guillen

Mauro Guillen
  • Dr. Felix Zandman Professor Emeritus of Management

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    2000 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: economic sociology, emerging multinational firms, globalization, international banking strategies, international political economy, multinational management, organizational theory

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Overview

Mauro F. Guillén is one of the most original thinkers at the Cambridge Judge Business School, where he is the incoming Dean. An expert on global market trends, he is a sought-after speaker and consultant. He combines his training as a sociologist at Yale and as a business economist in his native Spain to methodically identify and quantify the most promising opportunities at the intersection of demographic, economic, and technological developments. His online classes on Coursera and edX have attracted over 100,000 participants from around the world. He has won multiple teaching awards at Wharton, where his presentation on global market trends has become a permanent feature of over fifty executive education programs annually.

His research, teaching, and speaking incorporates both numerical assessments of trends and illuminating examples from business, politics, and everyday life. He shows in accessible terms that one can accurately forecast trends by systematically following the babies and following the money into the future. His research has earned him many distinctions, including Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Guggenheim fellowships, a membership in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and prizes from the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, the Social Science History Association, and the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. He is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association and the Macro Organizational Behavior Society, and a winner of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award.

His research, op-eds, and commentary have been featured in numerous outlets, from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to The Economist, and the Financial Times. He has appeared on radio and TV shows such as NPR’s Marketplace and Radio Times, CNBC’s Mad Money and Squawk Box, and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS. He is a seasoned public speaker at conferences, conventions, forums, and corporate events organized by industry associations and Fortune 500 companies. He serves or has served on several advisory groups, boards of directors, and nonprofit boards of trustees.

His book on 2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything was an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller and a Financial Times Book of the Year, with translations into German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Romanian, Turkish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.

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Research

Teaching

Current Courses

  • MGMT898 - Global Modular Course B

    removing WH 898 as erroneous crosslist.

    MGMT898401

  • WH 213 - Global Modular Course B

    WH 213401

Past Courses

  • ANTH012 - GLOBALIZATION

    This course sets the current state of globalization in historical perspective. It applies the concepts of anthropology, history, political economy and sociology to the study of globalization. We focus on a series of questions not only about what is happening, but about the growing awareness of it and the consequences of this increasing awareness. In answering these questions we draw on a variety of case studies, from historical examples of early globalization (e.g. The Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, global flows of conspicuous commodities such as sugar, coffee, and tea, the rise and transformations of early capitalism), to issues facing our current globalized world (e.g. mass-mediatization and multilingualism, border regimes and international migration, planetary urbanization). The body of the course deals with particular dimensions of globalization, reviewing both the early and recent history of each. The overall approach is historical and comparative, setting globalization on the larger stage of the economic, political and cultural development of various parts of the modern world. The course is taught by anthropologists who draw from economic, linguistic, sociocultural, archaeological, and historical perspectives, offering the opportunity to compare and contrast distinct disciplinary approaches. It seeks to develop a general social-science-based theoretical understanding of the varioushistorical dimensions of globalization: economic, political, social and cultural.

  • GLBS200 - GLOBALIZATION

    This course offers an analysis of globalizing and anti-globalizing tendencies in the world. It combines the insights of sociology, economics, and political science to provide an understanding of topics such as population and migration trends, the evolution of global consumer and financial markets, the spread of digital technologies, inequality, populism, climate change and food security, and the shifting geopolitical balance of power. Students will learn how different theories explain the current interplay among social, economic, and political forces.

  • MGMT111 - MULTINATIONAL MANAGEMENT

    Most successful firms go global in some way; why do they go global, and how do they navigate across international borders? This is the question at the core of multinational management. In this course, you will learn about topics such as how firms choose where and how to invest abroad, how shifts in the political economy landscape affect firm strategy, and how firms respond to restrictions on the movement of both physical and human capital across borders. The class utilizes economics and global strategy frameworks to provide students with an understanding of how to formulate multinational firm strategy. Fulfills the Global Economy, Business, and Society requirement. This course has a mandatory attendance policy.

  • MGMT198 - SPECIAL TOPICS ADV ENT

    Designed both for students who are interested in entrepreneurship immediately, and those that want to develop a set of skills for the future, MGMT 799/MGMT 198 is an experiential class designed to give you basic familiarity with a variety of approaches to launching a new ventures, and to build your own personal ability to launch new ventures. Building on the skills of MGMT 230/MGMT 801, every week is built around an experience where you have to put learning into practice, combined with a mix of renowned guest lecturers offering expert advice. By the end of the class, you should have basic familiarity with what would be required to launch a business in multiple industry areas (services, hardware, retail, food, software) as well as producing a final project that highlights what you have learned. We will use concepts from MGMT 230/MGMT 801 as we develop the final project. Prerequisites: MGMT 230/801 strongly suggested.

  • MGMT391 - ADVANCED STUDY-SMGT

  • MGMT611 - MANAGING EST ENTERPRISE

    This course is about managing large enterprises that face the strategic challenge of being the incumbent in the market and the organizational challenge of needing to balance the forces of inertia and change. The firms of interest in this course tend to operate in a wide range of markets and segments, frequently on a global basis, and need to constantly deploy their resources to fend off challenges from new entrants and technologies that threaten their established positions. The class is organized around three distinct but related topics that managers of established firms must consider: strategy, human and social capital, and global strategy.

  • MGMT612 - MANAGING EMERG ENTRPRSE

    This course is about managing during the early stages of an enterprise, when the firm faces the strategic challenge of being a new entrant in the market and the organizational challenge of needing to scale rapidly. The enterprises of interest in this course have moved past the purely entrepreneurial phase and need to systematically formalize strategies and organizational processes to reach maturity and stability, but they still lack the resources of a mature firm. The class is organized around three distinct but related topics that managers of emerging firms must consider: strategy, human and social capital, and global strategy.

  • MGMT656 - GLOBAL IMMERSION PROGRAM

    The Global Immersion Program is a pass/fail, 0.5 credit course that is designed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to international business practices and first-hand insights into a foreign culture. In past years, programs were offered in India, the Middle East, China, South America, Southeast, Asia, and Africa. The program offers studentsthe opportunity to learn about a foreign business environment by way of academic lectures and a multi-week study tour, allowing students to visit with corporate and government officials, network with alumni, and take cultural excursions.

  • MGMT799 - SPECIAL TOPICS ADV ENT

    Designed both for students who are interested in entrepreneurship immediately, and those that want to develop a set of skills for the future, MGMT 799/198 is an experiential class designed to give you basic familiarity with a variety of approaches to launching a new ventures, and to build your own personal ability to launch new ventures. Building on the skills of Management 230/801, every week is built around an experience where you have to put learning into practice, combined with a mix of renowned guest lecturers offering expert advice. By the end of the class, you should have basic familiarity with what would be required to launch a business in multiple industry areas (services, hardware, retail, food, software) as well as producing a final project that highlights what you have learned. We will use concepts from Management 230/801 as we develop the final project. MGMT 230 for undergraduates and MGMT 801 for MBAs are strongly suggested prerequisites.

  • MGMT871 - ADV GLOBAL STRATEGY

    This class is designed to develop world class, globally-minded managers. Many of the most important business issues of today are global in nature. Both "macro" phenomena (e.g. nationalism, protectionism, demographic change) and "micro" trends (e.g. competition within and from emerging markets, distributed talent and innovation, digitization and automation) are inherently international issues. They require firms and managers to think, innovate, and organize globally. This class offers a comprehensive set of tools to evaluate opportunities and challenges in global markets, to leverage cross-country differences to enhance innovation and performance, to manage the complexities of a business spread across multiple countries, and to win against foreign rivals. The course will focus on both the formulation and execution of global strategy, with a heavy emphasis on current events and hands on activities. Sample topics include: quantifying opportunities and risks of foreign investments; formulating and executing strategies that balance local responsiveness, global efficiency, and innovation; exploiting differences across countries to enhance innovation while protecting intellectual property; managing organizational structure, culture, and people in multinational organizations; structuring and managing cross-national and cross-cultural teams; developing a global mindset among managers and employees. This course builds on the global management portion of MGMT 611 or MGMT 612, but taking those classes is not a prerequisite for MGMT 871.

  • MGMT890 - ADVANCED STUDY-IND

  • MGMT892 - ADV STUDY-ORGAN EFFECT

    Business success is increasingly driven by a firm's ability to create and capture value through innovation. Thus, the processes used by firms to develop innovations, the choices they make regarding how to commercialize their innovations, the changes they make to their business models to adapt to the dynamic environment, and the strategies they use to position and build a dominate competitive position are important issues facing firms. In MGMT. 892, you will learn to address these issues through an action learning approach. MGMT. 892 is a 1.0-credit course conducted in the spirit of an independent study. By working on consulting projects for leading global companies, you will develop and then apply your knowledge about innovation management and help these firms better understand the challenges and opportunities posed by emerging technologies and markets.

  • MGMT893 - ADVANCED STUDY-EMGT

  • MGMT894 - ADVANCED STUDY-MNMT

    ASP topics can be individually selected by the student with the advice and consent of any instructor in the management Department. All ASP registrations require the written consent of the instructor and appropriate course and section number on the registration form. If the student has the instructor's written permission, he/she is not required to obtain written consent from the Department. Students, however, should send an email to MGMT-Courseinfo@wharton.upenn.edu to request the course and section numbers

  • MGMT897 - GLOBAL MODULAR COURSE A

  • MGMT898 - GLOBAL MODULAR COURSE B

    removing WH 898 as erroneous crosslist.

  • MGMT932 - PROSEM IN MGMT

    This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methodological approaches we commonly think of as qualitative, with special emphasis on ethnography, semi- structured interviews, case studies, content analysis, and mixed-methods research. The course will cover the basic techniques for collecting, interpreting, and analyzing qualitative (i.e. non-numerical) data. In the spring quarter, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches to various types of qualitative research, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as identifying key informants, selecting respondents, collecting field notes and conducting interviews. In the fall semester, the course will operate on two interrelated dimensions, one focused on the theoretical approaches on building arguments and theory from qualitative data, the other focused on the practical techniques of data collection, such as analyzing data, writing, and presenting findings. Note: This class is part of a two-part sequence which focuses on qualitative data collection and analysis. The first of this course, offered in the Spring, focuses on data collection and the second half of the course, offered the following Fall, will focus on qualitative data analysis. Each course is seven weeks long. Students may take either class independently or consecutively.

  • MGMT933 - PSYCH & SOC. FOUND

    This seminar-based course, with active discussion and analysis, is required of all first-year doctoral students in Management and open to other Penn students with instructor permission. The purpose of this course is to examine and understand basics in the theory and empirical research in the field of micro and macro organizational behavior and to build an understanding of people's behavior in organizations and across organizations. The course covers a blend of classic and contemporary literature so that we can appreciate the prevailing theories and findings in various areas of macro and micro-organizational behavior. Half the course covers micro-organizational behavior, focused on topics such as influence/status, virtual teams, job design, organizational culture and socialization, identity in organizations and overall look on where the field of micro-organizational behavior is going. Half the course covers macro-organizational behavior, covering the topics of organizational ecology, institutional theory, organizational status and reputation, impression management, social networks and social movements.

  • MGMT953 - SEM RESEARCH DESIGN

    This is an introductory doctoral seminar on research methods in management. The course is designed to help you define your research interests, to strengthen your grasp of research design choices and standards, and to move you further along on the path to becoming a skilled, accomplished, engaged, and independent research scholar. We will read about, discuss, and in some cases practice: framing of research questions, writing for publication, defining and meeting research standards, and conducting experimental, archival, survey-based, and qualitative research suitable for publication in top-tier management journals.

  • MGMT955 - FOUNDATIONS MULT MGMT.

    The goal of the course is to provide you with a foundation in some of the major research areas that underpin the study of Multinational Management. International Business (and the study of MNCs) is an interdisciplinary field. As such, our survey of the seminal articles in the field will span a number of different theoretical and empirical approaches (i.e., economic, managerial, organizational and institutional). Much of our seminar discussions will focus on identifying and developing interesting research questions raised by this interdisciplinary literature, which offers many opportunities for systematic empirical study.

  • PPE 401 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Student arranges with a faculty member to pursue a research project on a suitable topic. For more information about research and setting up independent studies, visit: https://ppe.sas.upenn.edu/study/curriculum/independent-studies

  • PSCI499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

    Individual research to be taken under direction of faculty member. Students wishing to complete work on an honors paper should contact the Political Science Department.

  • SOCI012 - GLOBALIZATION

    This course sets the current state of globalization in historical perspective. It applies the concepts of anthropology, history, political economy and sociology to the study of globalization. We focus on a series of questions not only about what is happening, but about the growing awareness of it and the consequences of this increasing awareness. In answering these questions we draw on a variety of case studies, from historical examples of early globalization (e.g. The Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, global flows of conspicuous commodities such as sugar, coffee, and tea, the rise and transformations of early capitalism), to issues facing our current globalized world (e.g. mass-mediatization and multilingualism, border regimes and international migration, planetary urbanization). The body of the course deals with particular dimensions of globalization, reviewing both the early and recent history of each. The overall approach is historical and comparative, setting globalization on the larger stage of the economic, political and cultural development of various parts of the modern world. The course is taught by anthropologists who draw from economic, linguistic, sociocultural, archaeological, and historical perspectives, offering the opportunity to compare and contrast distinct disciplinary approaches. It seeks to develop a general social-science-based theoretical understanding of the varioushistorical dimensions of globalization: economic, political, social and cultural.

  • SOCI398 - SENIOR RESEARCH

    Senior Research is for senior sociology majors only. Students are assigned Sociology advisors with assistance from Undergraduate Chair.

  • SOCI998 - INDEPENDENT RDGS & RES

    For advanced students who work with individual instructors upon permission. Intended to go beyond existing graduate courses in the study of specific problems or theories or to provide work opportunities in areas not covered by existing courses.

  • SOCI999 - DIRECTED RDGS & RES

    Primarily for advanced students who work with individual instructors upon permission. Intended to go beyond existing graduate courses in the study of specific problems or theories or to provide work opportunities in areas not covered by existing courses.

  • WH 213 - GLOBAL MODULAR COURSE B

Awards and Honors

  • Wharton Teaching Excellence Award, 2020
  • Nominated to the Anvil Teaching Award by a vote of all Wharton MBA students, 2014
  • Delivers Clarendon Lectures at Oxford University, 2014
  • Elected member of the Sociological Research Association, 2013
  • Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching: Core Curriculum (top 10 teaching ratings in Core), 2012
  • Spring Core Teaching Award (“Goes above and beyond the call of duty”), 2011
  • Finalist, Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award, Academy of Management, 2007
  • IV Fundación Banco Herrero Prize, awarded annually to the most promising Spanish social scientist under the age of 40, 2005
  • Elected Fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society, 2004
  • W. Richard Scott Best Paper Award, American Sociological Association, 2003
  • Special Mention, Best Paper Award, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2002
  • Wharton Core MBA Teaching Award, 2000
  • Selected as Guggenheim Fellow, 1998
  • As Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1998
  • Gulf Publishing Company Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management, 1997
  • President’s Book Award of the Social Science History Association, 1993
  • Finalist, American Sociological Association Best Dissertation Award, 1992
  • Co-Winner, Sussman Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Yale University, 1992
  • Gustavus Myers Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights, 1991
  • Special Mention, Worldwide Competition for Young Sociologists, World Congress of Sociology, International Sociological Association, 1990

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