Nancy Rothbard, PhD

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development

About Nancy:

Nancy Rothbard is an award-winning expert in work motivation, teamwork, work-life balance, and leadership. Professor Rothbard was previously on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and holds degrees from Brown University and the University of Michigan. She has published her research in top academic research journals in her field and her work has been discussed in the general media in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Business Week, CNN, Forbes, National Public Radio, US News & World Report, and The Washington Post.

Professor Rothbard has helped some of the world’s premier companies change their approaches to teamwork, leadership, and work motivation. Among other projects, she has worked with a Fortune 100 company to understand the factors that improve call center performance and customer service, a leading hotel chain to transform sales and hiring, and financial service organizations to optimize their leadership and approach to sales.

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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.

Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age

Learn how to unlock significant opportunities for adding value and growth by innovating with your existing products, customers, and markets. Implement a process for business model innovation that can be used repeatedly throughout your organization.

High-Potential Leaders: Accelerating Your Impact

Develop the strategic perspective required of global leaders, learn to manage uncertainty and execute your vision, and establish a firm personal foundation that can withstand the pressures of leadership.

Leading and Managing People

Engage the principles of human behavior to better influence and lead others. Learn how to avoid your blind spots, examine how your actions affect others, and gain the resources to lead more effectively.

Leading Organizational Change

Examine the complex interpersonal and strategic issues involved in successfully spearheading change. Gain frameworks, models, and perspectives on leading change and apply them to your unique challenges.

Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader

This program is designed for veterinarians who seek to contribute at a high level to the maintenance and promotion of global public health for animals and humans. This program helps veterinarians refine their leadership skills and get involved in the most pressing global issues: zoonotic diseases, food security, disaster preparedness, poverty, and others.

The Leadership Edge: Strategies for the New Leader

Academic Director

Make the transition from new manager to leader in your organization. Gain insights into your decision-making processes and develop an authentic leadership style that is true to your personality. Find new and effective ways to motivate and inspire your work colleagues and associates.

Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success

Academic Director

Designed specifically for today’s rising female executives, participants will gain business knowledge that will enhance their professional influence and improve their business acumen and leadership skills.