WBLC Faculty Bios

Faculty Director

Mauro Guillén, PhD, Director, The Lauder Institute; Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School

Mauro Guillén is on the faculty at the Wharton School and Department of Sociology of the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches multinational management. He previously taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research deals with the impact of globalization on cross-national patterns of organization and with the use of the Internet worldwide. He has also examined how business and government interact to create conditions conducive to competitiveness. He has written seven books, including The Limits of Convergence: Globalization and Organizational Change in Argentina, South Korea, and Spain (Princeton University Press).

Programs: Introduction to Strategic Management, Global Strategic Management, and Overview of the Global Economy in the 21st Century

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WBLC Faculty

Matthew Bidwell, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Wharton School

Matthew Bidwell's research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular the causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on the contracting workforce in information technology, publishing papers on how those contractors are used within firms, on the effects of their relationships with staffing firms, and on who goes into contracting. A second focus of his research explores how workers build careers across organizations, working in different kinds of workplaces at different points in their careers. Current projects explore how organizations balance internal promotions with external hiring, and why worker mobility has increased in recent years.

Program: Global Strategic Management

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Rahul Kapoor, PhD, Assistant Professor, Wharton Management Department, The Wharton School

Rahul Kapoor holds a PhD and an MSc in Management from INSEAD. His research focuses on how firms organize for innovation and on the strategic implications of technology and industry evolution. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He is a member of the editorial board for the Academy of Management Journal. In 2011, he was awarded the Academy of Management (Technology and Innovation Management Division) Emerging Scholar Award. At Wharton, Dr. Kapoor teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses on competitive strategy and technology strategy. Prior to joining academia, he spent more than seven years in the high-tech industry, in which he worked for Texas Instruments and was involved with two start-ups, one of which he co-founded.

Programs: Competitive Strategy and Global Strategic Management

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Frank LaMay, Lecturer, Finance Department, The Wharton School

Frank LaMay has taught corporate finance, economics and investment management at Wharton since 1981. He has taught in the undergraduate BBA program and in post-baccalaureate executive education and professional development programs. His areas of interest include corporate valuation, capital budgeting, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as investment theory and management. Frank has had extensive practical experience in the field of finance. As head of the corporate planning and analysis function for a Fortune 500 company, he was responsible for development of annual and long-term plans, financial analysis, reporting results to senior management and the board of directors, competitive assessment, and support to analyst communications, strategy, and M&A initiatives. He has held a number of other financial management positions focused on operational and strategic planning at the corporate and divisional level. His industry expertise extends to the health care, financial services, and insurance industries. Frank also has experience in financial management of not-for-profit organizations and investment management oversight. Frank earned his BA magna cum laude from Princeton University and has an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School. He has received several awards for outstanding teaching. Frank is a member of the American Finance Association and the Financial Management Association.

Program: Corporate Finance, Derivatives in International Finance

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Michael Roberts, Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Professor Roberts' primary research is in the area of corporate finance and in particular: capital structure, investment policy, financial contracting, and payout policy. Recent work has examined issues including the design of debt securities and the role of control rights in influencing financial and investment policy. His research has received several awards including the Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper published in the Journal of Finance, and Best Paper awards at the Financial Management Association and Southwestern Finance Association annual conferences. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in Statistics and PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his experience at the Wharton School, he has taught at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Program: Essentials of Finance

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Stephen M. Sammut, Senior Fellow, Wharton Health Care Management Department, The Wharton School; Lecturer, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs; Venture Partner, Burrill & Company

Stephen M. Sammut has a career that is both commercial and academic. Outside of Wharton, Steve is Venture Partner, Burrill & Company, a merchant bank and venture capital fund focused on the life sciences and health care. During his 21 years at Wharton, he has created a dozen courses that he has taught to more than 8,000 students throughout the University. Steve's primary areas of research coincide with his venture activity: health care and biotech capacity building in the emerging markets, private equity and venture capital approaches to economic development, and the role of the private sector in addressing needs in global health. Steve also coordinates Wharton's relationship with the Indian School of Business for health care management. He has also launched the first health care management MBA program on the African continent and created the African Institute for Healthcare Management, a consortium of African business and public health schools for the development and sharing of healthcare management faculty.

Program: Private Equity in Emerging Markets

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Joseph Simmons, Associate Professor, Operations and Information Management Department, The Wharton School

Joe Simmons' research focuses on judgment and decision making, with emphasis on understanding the psychological processes that lead managers and consumers to make irrational and suboptimal decisions. He has published in top-tier peer-reviewed psychology and business journals, such as Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Consumer Research, and Journal of Marketing Research. In addition, his research on experimental methods has helped change the way behavioral scientists conduct and report their research, so as to improve the integrity of the scientific process.

Program: Decision Making

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