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Matthew Bidwell

Matthew Bidwell, PhD

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Human resource management, knowledge workers, worker mobility

About Matthew

Matthew Bidwell is an associate professor in Wharton’s Management Department. His research uses people analytics to study career patterns and staffing in the new economy. He has conducted detailed research on how firms balance internal mobility and hiring in staffing jobs and what the effects of those different strategies are. He has also studied how highly skilled contractors are used within firms, the effects of their relationships with staffing firms, and who goes into such contracting. His work has been published in academic journals and featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. It has also been recognized with Scholarly Achievement Awards from the Academy of Management Human Resources Division and Administrative Science Quarterly journal, and the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He currently serves as a senior editor at Organization Science and is a faculty co-director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative.

Matthew holds a PhD from the MIT Sloan School, and previously earned an SM in Political Science from MIT and an MChem from Oxford. Prior to Wharton he taught at INSEAD and worked at McKinsey and Company.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Business Analytics: From Data to Insights

This three-month online certificate program provides managers and leaders an understanding of how analytics can help improve their decision-making process. This program will help you look at data and identify insights, improve your ability to make predictions for the long term, and prescribe future actions that help make better business decisions.

Business Essentials for Executives

Accelerate your career with an in-depth understanding of the core concepts that drive business in every industry. Tap into the minds of Wharton’s world-renowned MBA faculty to become a stronger, more decisive leader.

Chief Human Resources Officer Program

Academic Director

This immersive, nine-month experience is designed to prepare HR leaders to reach beyond the traditional scope of human resources — recruitment, compensation, benefits — to tackle broader initiatives that extend across all sectors of the organization. The rigorous curriculum includes interactive online sessions and on-campus electives and offers a path to alumni status for qualified individuals.

Effective Execution of Organizational Strategy

Advance your ability to expertly orchestrate the critical execution of your company’s strategies. Work alongside your global peers while building structured, actionable plans — specific to your organization’s culture — to achieve buy-in, create powerful incentives, and overcome your most challenging execution obstacles.

HR Management and Analytics: Unlock the Value of Human Capital

This two-month online certificate program delves into topics that will help you to become a more strategic HR partner by gaining a holistic understanding of how HR management and data analytics intersect.

Leading People in Organizations — Middle East

This program combines different educational approaches to provide an in-depth view of your current leadership strengths and challenges. Ample time with faculty assures that you will acquire and fine-tune new tools and approaches, and become part of a learning community of highly experienced executives that can continue throughout your career.

Leading with Business Analytics

Become a more skillful data-driven leader for your organization and discover new ways to accelerate and enhance your organizational influence as an analytics executive.

People Analytics: HR Transformation through Data

Academic Director

Discover how to transform people data into useful insight to improve the way people are managed and to enhance their value. Learn to apply analytical data to make more informed people-related decisions, and acquire better talent management tools for defining and cultivating organizational culture.

The Adaptable Leader: Leading in a Virtual World

Expand and strengthen your leadership capabilities by learning how to cultivate and inspire high-performing teams — even in a virtual environment. Tap into your personal strengths while building an invaluable network that supports you throughout your career.

Women on Boards: Building Exceptional Leaders

Explore how to navigate the politics and culture of the boardroom and discover how to make your voice heard in this program that will give you a strong foundation for serving in your first director role.