Nancy Rothbard, PhD

David Pottruck Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development

About Nancy:

Nancy Rothbard is an award-winning expert in work motivation, teamwork, work-life balance, and leadership. Dr. Rothbard was previously on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Michigan. She has published her research in top academic research journals in her field and her work has been discussed in the general media in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Business Week, CNN, Forbes, National Public Radio, US News & World Report, and The Washington Post.

Dr. Rothbard has helped some of the world’s premier companies change their approaches to teamwork, leadership, and work motivation. Among other projects, she has worked with a Fortune 100 company to understand the factors that improve call center performance and customer service, a leading hotel chain to transform sales and hiring, and financial service organizations to optimize their leadership and approach to sales.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Business Strategy and Operational Execution
This program provides a bridge between the two essential elements of long-term strategy and daily operations. Learn how to better understand connections between strategy execution, operational excellence, and change management. Return to the office with an evolved operational mindset, prepared to take on the challenge of identifying new business models that can accelerate your business.

Creating and Leading High-Performing Teams
Develop your ability to build, effectively lead, and successfully sustain high-performance teams. Explore team dynamics both in the classroom, using the latest research and casework, and in highly experiential exercises.

Leading Organizational Change
Examine the complex interpersonal and strategic issues involved in successfully spearheading change. Gain frameworks, models, and perspectives on leading change and apply them to your unique challenges.

The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader
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Make the transition from new manager to leader in your organization. Gain insights into your decision- making processes and develop an authentic leadership style that is true to your personality. Find new and effective ways to motivate and inspire your work colleagues and associates.

Wharton Nursing Leaders Program
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The primary focus of this program is to assist nursing leaders in the effective management and implementation of strategic and tactical plans. The program includes identifying the key stakeholders and influencing their behavior, learning to manage resources, and knowing when to terminate a task force or project.

Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success
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Designed specifically for today’s rising female executives, participants will gain business knowledge that will enhance their professional influence and improve their business acumen and leadership skills.