Samantha Darnell

Samantha Darnell
  • Doctoral Student

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2059 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Non-market strategy, corporate political activity, social movements

Overview

Samantha is a 3rd year PhD student in Management.  Her research explores interactions between companies and their social and political stakeholders.  Specifically, she is interested in how companies strategically manage their corporate political activity as well as how social activism affects corporate strategy.

Prior to joining Wharton, Samantha worked as a Management research assistant at The University of Texas at Austin and in supply chain and procurement for The H-E-B Grocery Company.  She attended the Business Honors Program and studied Supply Chain Management and Spanish Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Teaching

Past Courses

  • MGMT101 - INTRO TO MANAGEMENT

    We all spend much of our lives in organizations. Most of us are born in organizations, educated in organizations, and work in organizations. Organizations emerge because individuals can't (or don't want to) accomplish their goals alone. Management is the art and science of helping individuals achieve their goals together. Managers in an organization determine where their organization is going and how it gets there. More formally, managers formulate strategies and implement those strategies. This course provides a framework for understanding the opportunities and challenges involved in formulating and implementing strategies by taking a "system" view of organizations,which means that we examine multiple aspects of how managers address their environments, strategy, structure, culture, tasks, people, and outputs, and how managerial decisions made in these various domains interrelate. The course will help you to understand and analyze how managers can formulate and implement strategies effectively. It will be particularly valuable if you are interested in management consulting, investment analysis, or entrepreneurship - but it will help you to better understand and be a more effective contributor to any organizations you join, whether they are large, established firms or startups. This course must be taken for a grade.

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