James D. Thompson, PhD Adjunct Associate Professor, Management Department, The Wharton School; Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of PennsylvaniaResearch Interests:Social entrepreneurship, building future markets, investment under conditions of high uncertaintyAbout James: Jim is co-author of The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook; and an adjunct associate professor at the Wharton School and the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of research focus are social innovation, future market growth, and investment under conditions of high uncertainty. He teaches in Wharton Executive Education programs and works with management teams around the world to design and execute growth strategies that increase the value of their firms. Prior to joining the academic world, he was a divisional director of a public company, responsible for business unit turnarounds and new market development. In addition to academic interests he currently serves on the executive board of a venture capital-funded technology company in Philadelphia. Jim holds a PhD from The Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL) and is published in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Management, Long Range Planning, Management Science, Organization Science, and the Research-Technology Management Journal. He is a recipient of Best Paper Awards in the Academy of Management and the American Marketing Association. Executive Education Programs Taught:Advanced Management ProgramTechnology, 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. Corporate ValuationLearn how to evaluate the financial implications of strategic business decisions through financial modeling. Become more effective at communicating the consequences of financial decisions to your organization’s key stakeholders. Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship for Social ImpactThis program empowers participants to advance entrepreneurial ventures that aim to solve challenges facing global health and wellness issues, animal health care, food animal security and productivity, and animal welfare. Wharton Finance for ExecutivesDemystify the process of creating shareholder value; gain techniques to evaluate the financial impact and value of strategic decisions; and explore issues such as capital structures, diversification, and risk.