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Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhD

Deputy Dean; David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management, 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 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, CNN, Forbes, National Public Radio, US News & World Report, and the Washington Post.

Professor Rothbard’s research focuses on the interplay between emotions and engagement in multiple roles. Specifically, she explores how people’s emotional responses to one role or task affect their subsequent engagement in another role or task. She has examined these questions in the context of work and family roles and in the context of multiple tasks that people perform within the work role. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. In addition to her academic articles, Professor Rothbard has authored several Harvard Business School case studies. Her teaching cases touch on the topics of leadership, corporate culture, and organizational change. Professor Rothbard received the 2000 Likert Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan. She is also the recipient of the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2010 Wharton Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award.

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

Wharton’s flagship leadership program is a transformational and immersive program for senior executives who are at the peak of their careers. This intellectually rigorous and highly experiential program will define you as a leader and strengthen your strategic prowess. Upon completion, you will be granted highly sought-after Wharton alumni status.

Business Model Innovation in the Digital Age

Uncover industry-disrupting, revenue-building innovation within your existing business model. Learn to create, implement, and promote growth drivers for immediate application within your organization.

Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era

Acquire critical management tools and gain new insight into the duties and nuances of board service. Learn how to forge partnerships with company officers to strengthen financial return, conduct better enterprise risk management, and achieve governance diversity during these complex times.

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.

Leadership and Management Certificate Program

This four-course online certificate program will help leaders across the organization reach new levels of success. Both individuals and larger teams can access cutting-edge management concepts from nine world-class Wharton faculty. With flexible start dates, each fully online course runs 4–6 weeks in duration.

Leadership in a New Era of Health Care

Expand your capacity to navigate higher and more complex levels of leadership in the health care sector. Appraise and analyze your current organizational culture and discover opportunities for change.

Leading Organizational Change

Expertly lead change initiatives within your organization by learning how to apply actionable steps to overcome resistance, establish greater resilience, and drive positive change behavior. Hone your intuition and develop real-world frameworks by participating in an experiential simulation employed by Fortune 500 executives.

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.

LMC: Advancing Business Acumen

This program provides business insights to help high-potential managers in the construction industry so they can improve their financial acumen and organizational collaboration.

The Adaptable Leader: Leading in a Virtual World

Academic Director

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’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success

Academic Director

Gain invaluable insight into the sophisticated business and leadership concepts that will help you propel your career forward while actively maintaining a work-life balance. Advance and inspire with clarity, confidence, and conviction.