Nancy Rothbard, PhD

Nancy Rothbard

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 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

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.

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 — ONLINE

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 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 across your organization. Gain frameworks, models, and perspectives on leadership and change management that can be applied to your unique challenges.

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

Make the transition from new manager to leader in your organization. Gain insights into your decision-making processes and develop your authentic leadership style. Find new and effective ways to motivate, inspire, and influence your team and colleagues.

Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success

Academic Director

This program delivers sophisticated business concepts that have immediate and practical application for today's women business leaders. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how to apply contemporary business theories to their organizations to achieve results.