Emilie Feldman, PhD

Emilie Feldman

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs

About Emilie:

Emilie R. Feldman is an associate professor of management with tenure at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied economics and French literature, and she received her MBA and DBA in strategy from the Harvard Business School. Her dissertation won the Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research at the Harvard Business School and was a finalist for the Wiley-Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Academy of Management.

Emilie’s research focuses on corporate strategy and governance, with particular interests in the internal functioning of multi-business firms and the role that divestitures, spinoffs, and mergers and acquisitions play in corporate reconfiguration. Her research has been published in top academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Strategy Science, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal. She has received numerous scholarly awards, including the Emerging Scholar Award and the Best Conference Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society as well as two Distinguished Paper Awards from the Academy of Management. Additionally, her research has been featured extensively in popular press outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and Fortune.

Emilie currently serves as an associate editor of the Strategic Management Journal, and she is on the editorial boards of Organization Science and the Academy of Management Journal. She is the chairperson of the Competitive Strategy Interest Group in the Strategic Management Society.

Emilie teaches courses on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate strategy, and corporate governance in the undergraduate, MBA, law, and executive programs at Wharton and Penn. She received the Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017. She has also consulted and served as a speaker to numerous practitioner audiences, including McKinsey, Google, Intuit, and KPMG.


Executive Education Programs Taught:

Advanced Management Program

Technology, globalization, and constant change have made the job of leading a business more exciting, complex, and demanding. If you are leading, or are in line to lead your firm, Wharton’s flagship program empowers you to define and act on your purpose as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Receive alumni status.

Boards That Lead: Corporate Governance That Builds Value

Based on the book Boards That Lead, this executive education program provides the latest thinking from some of the world’s most knowledgeable and dynamic boardroom leaders on how directors can make a leadership difference.

Executive Development Program

Transitioning from functional, unit, or regional management to general management requires new knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, leadership, and strategy. This program prepares you for the complexities of organizational dynamics, cross-border communication, and global leadership.

Global CEO Program: A Transformational Journey

This program meets in three non-consecutive weeks in three different countries – CEIBS in Shanghai, China; the Wharton School in Philadelphia; and IESE in Barcelona, Spain. Strengthen your knowledge of new markets, reflect on pressing issues, and broaden your skills as a senior leader.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our interdisciplinary faculty and industry speakers help you select, assess, and evaluate potential opportunities. Examine acquisition strategy, valuation techniques, tax issues, due diligence, and post-acquisition integration.

The CFO: Becoming a Strategic Partner

This program helps you refine your leadership style, communicate your financial knowledge to other leaders, and extend your influence across the organization. You will enhance your ability to impact your organization's strategy and value creation.