James D. Thompson, PhD

James Thompson

Adjunct Associate Professor, Management Department, The Wharton School; Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests:

Social entrepreneurship, building future markets, investment under conditions of high uncertainty

About 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 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.

Corporate Valuation

Learn 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.

Innovation for Growth: Strategies for Creating Value

Create new business models, launch new products, improve customer experience, and open new markets. With an “Innovation Toolkit,” you can design a flexible innovation process that lets your company quickly adapt to, and profit from, changes in customers, competitors, or markets.

Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship

This 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 Executives

Demystify 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.