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Rahul Kapoor

Rahul Kapoor, PhD

David W. Hauck Professor; Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Innovation, technology management and strategy, industry evolution, firm boundaries, business ecosystems

About Rahul

Rahul Kapoor is the David W. Hauck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his research, Rahul focuses on the management of industry disruption and ecosystems related to new technologies and business models. He has published numerous articles on these topics in leading peer-reviewed and practitioner journals from a perspective of both established firms and start-ups. He is the past chairperson of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management. He also serves as an associate editor of the Strategic Management Journal and is on the editorial boards of Organization Science and Strategy Science. At Wharton, Rahul teaches undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and PhD courses on technology and innovation strategy. He is also an active contributor to Wharton Executive Education, teaching in both the customized and open-enrollment programs.

Rahul has received several awards for his research and teaching, including the inaugural Academy of Management (Technology and Innovation Management Division) Emerging Scholar Award, the Strategic Management Journal Best Paper Prize, and Wharton Teaching Excellence Award over multiple years. He has also advised and consulted for several firms with respect to launching new innovation initiatives. Prior to joining academia, he spent more than seven years in the high-tech industry, where he worked for Texas Instruments and was involved with two start-ups, one of which he co-founded.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

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.

Chief Technology Officer Program

This immersive, nine-month experience teaches Chief Technology Officers and other senior-level IT leaders how to become more strategic partners with other operating units within their organization and determine efficient ways to scale their company’s technology infrastructure. The rigorous curriculum includes interactive online sessions and on-campus electives and offers a path to alumni status for qualified individuals.

Driving Growth through Strategic Partnerships

Capitalize on maximum growth opportunities by mastering the skill set required to formulate, negotiate, manage, and evaluate strategic alliances. Elevate your organization to a preferred alliance “partner of choice” status while leveraging a multi-partner alliance ecosystem and successfully mitigating the effects of enterprise risks.

Leading Digital Transformation

Academic Director

Shift your mindset from traditional thinking on product- or service-based value creation and competition to a platform and ecosystem perspective, and understand the new set of strategic choices and tradeoffs they represent.

Strategy and Management for Competitive Advantage

Create and sustain competitive advantages that propel your company forward during the most challenging times. Learn to make the crucial hard choices and tradeoffs that position your company for success while strengthening your customer relationships.