Matthew Bidwell

Matthew Bidwell, PhD

Xingmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Careers, contingent work, firm boundaries, human resource management, knowledge workers

About Matthew

Matthew Bidwell is a 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.

Professor Bidwell 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.

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 Today’s Talent: Management Strategies for an Evolving Workforce

Academic Director

For today’s leaders, navigating how to build and manage a team has proven more important and challenging than ever before, and attracting, motivating, and retaining talent is no longer a function reserved solely for HR. Staying ahead of the curve now requires both an evolved skillset and deep understanding of best practices, emerging trends, and technologies. This program equips participants with the proven skills required for successful people management — but through the much-needed lens of the ever-shifting future of work.

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.