Ethan Mollick, PhD

Ethan Mollick

Associate Professor of Management; Academic Director, Wharton Interactive, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Entrepreneurial strategy, entrepreneurship in innovative industries

About Ethan:

Ethan Mollick is an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship. He is also author of The Unicorn's Shadow: Combating the Dangerous Myths that Hold Back Startups, Founders, and Investors. His papers have been published in top management journals and have won multiple awards. His work on crowdfunding is the most cited article in management published in the last five years.

Prior to his time in academia, Ethan co-founded a startup company, and he currently advises a number of startups and organizations. As the academic director and co-founder of Wharton Interactive, he works to transform entrepreneurship education using games and simulations. He has long had interest in using games for teaching, and he coauthored a book on the intersection between video games and business that was named one of the American Library Association’s top 10 business books of the year. He has built numerous teaching games, which are used by tens of thousands of students around the world.

Mollick received his PhD and MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude.

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The Unicorn’s  Shadow cover

The Unicorn’s Shadow

In this book, Ethan Mollick takes us to the forefront of an empirical revolution in entrepreneurship. New data and better research methods have overturned the conventional wisdom behind what a successful founder looks like, how they succeed, and how the startup ecosystem works. Buy now »


Executive Education Programs Taught:

Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program: Scaling Your Business — ONLINE

This three-month online certificate program provides entrepreneurs with a proven toolkit that goes beyond the idea. Leveraging Wharton’s strength in data-driven outcomes, learn proven techniques for scaling your business including how to build a team, choose the right legal structure, generate demand, and finance growth.

Scaling Ventures: Developing the Playbook for Profitable Growth

Resolve the key challenges companies face when trying to grow rapidly as they transition from tactical, short-term thinking to a long-term focused vision. Learn how to move beyond the startup phase to create a large enterprise of tremendous value.