Marshall W Meyer

Marshall W Meyer
  • Emeritus Professor of Management
  • Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3031 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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

Overview

Education

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)

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Teaching

Past Courses

  • MGMT288 - MNGING & COMPET IN CHINA

    This course provides an examination of some of the largest business firms in the People's 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 with the 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.

  • MGMT788 - MNGING & COMPET IN CHINA

    The business environment in China is characterized by both uncertainty and complexity. On the one hand, it is changing fast; on the other hand, it is influenced by deep-rooted political, economic, and cultural forces that exhibit tremendous inertia. This course will help students--as potential managers, entrepreneurs, and investors--gain the knoweledge and analytical skills necessary to compete effectively in China. We will discuss various types of firms in the Chinese economy--from large state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to newly minted Internet giants, from prominent multinational companies (MNCs) to virtually anonymous local suppliers--and the unique institutions in which these firms operate. Such discussions will also help managers whose firms compete or collaborate with Chinese firms on the global stage. We will use a combination of lectures, cases, debates, and role play in class. You will also have the opportunity to apply your learning to real business scenarios.

  • MGMT891 - ADVANCED STUDY-SMGT

  • 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.

  • MGMT933 - PSYCH & SOC. FOUND

    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 course is 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.

  • MGMT952 - SEM MACRO ORG BEHAV

    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, sense-making and cognition, organizational economics, corporate governance, social networks, and the like.

  • MGMT953 - SEM RES METHODS

    This is an introductory doctoral seminar on research methods in management. We examine basic issues involved in conducting empirical research for publication in scholarly management journals. We start by discussing the framing of research questions, theory development, the initial choices involved in research design, and basic concerns in empirical testing. We then consider these issues in the context of different modes of empirical research (including experimental, survey, qualitative, archival, and simulation). We discuss readings that address the underlying fundamentals of these modes as well studies that illustrate how management scholars have used them in their work, separately and in combination.

Awards and Honors

  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1993-1994

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What Are the Long-term Costs of the China-U.S. Trade War?

An escalating trade war with China will lead to dire results for the U.S., according to long-term analysis by the Penn Wharton Budget Model. Consumers and businesses alike will feel the impact, experts say.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/08/6
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Awards and Honors

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation 1993
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