Meet the Wharton Faculty

Wharton Professor Mauro Guillén talks about the Wharton Business and Law Certificate.

Academic Director

Mauro Guillén, PhD, Director, The Lauder Institute; Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management, The Wharton School

Mauro Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professor in International Management at the Wharton School. He received a PhD in sociology from Yale University and a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Oviedo in his native Spain. He is a member of the advisory board of the Escuela de Finanzas Aplicadas (Grupo Analistas), and serves as the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

In 2013, Mauro won the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award which honors educators who have demonstrated leadership and risk-taking in integrating complex business and society issues into their teaching. He is an elected fellow of the Macro Organizational Behavior Society and of the Sociological Research Association, a former Guggenheim Fellow, and a Member in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His current research deals with corporate governance, the role of the corporation in society, the internationalization of the firm, and with the impact of globalization on patterns of organization and on the diffusion of innovations. He is the author of 10 books and over 30 scholarly articles.

WBLC Faculty

Matthew Bidwell, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Matthew Bidwell is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School. His research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular on the causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on different forms of worker mobility, comparing the effects of promotion versus internal mobility for firms and workers, and the conditions under which is most likely to happen. He has also worked extensively on outsourcing and contracting, publishing papers on how contractors are used within firms, on the effects of their relationships with staffing firms, and on who goes into contracting.

Professor Bidwell holds a PhD from the MIT Sloan School, an SM in Political Science from MIT, and an MChem from Oxford. He is the recipient of “Outstanding Scholar Awards” from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division and from the Labor and Employment Research Association. He is also a senior editor at the Journal Organization Science.

Burcu Esmer, PhD, Research Fellow, Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program; Lecturer, The Wharton School

Burcu Esmer is a research fellow at Wharton’s Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program and a lecturer at the Wharton School. Previously, she was a faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and at Bilkent University in Turkey. She received her PhD in finance and master’s in economics from the University of Iowa.

Esmer’s research interests are in empirical corporate finance and alternative investments. Her most recent research focuses on agency conflicts in financial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. Her articles have appeared in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance. Esmer has presented her work to different audiences at various conferences and workshops, and she frequently serves as a reviewer for academic journals and conferences. She is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association, Midwest Finance Association, Eastern Finance Association, European Finance Association, and the European Financial Management Association.

Emilie Feldman, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Emilie R. Feldman is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied Economics and French Literature, and she received her MBA and DBA in Strategy from Harvard Business School.

Professor Feldman’s work focuses on corporate strategy and governance, with particular interests in the internal functioning of diversified firms and the role divestitures and spinoffs play in corporate reconfiguration. Her research has been published in top academic journals, such as the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal, and has received numerous scholarly awards, including Distinguished Paper and Outstanding Dissertation Awards from the Academy of Management. Professor Feldman teaches elective courses on mergers and acquisitions in both the undergraduate and MBA programs at Wharton.

Joao Gomes, PhD, Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

An expert in macroeconomics and financial markets, Joao Gomes’ recent research covers the determinants of corporate investment and financing decisions of firms, with particular interest in the links to movements in financial markets. He has also examined the role of financial leverage in determining the cost of capital, the causes of performance variation across asset classes, and the quantitative importance of financial market imperfections on corporate decisions and economic cycles.

Joao’s research has been presented and discussed at major academic conferences and seminars around the world.  He has won several awards, including the Smith Breeden Prize for Best Asset Pricing Paper published in the Journal of Finance, with a study on the links between leverage and returns. He was also nominated for the Brattle Prize for Best Corporate Finance Paper in the Journal of Finance for his earlier work on the performance of conglomerates.

His previous academic appointments include a professorship at the London Business School. Early in his career, he also served as an ad-hoc economic advisor to the Ministry of Industry of Portugal. He has a PhD from the University of Rochester.

Rahul Kapoor, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Rahul Kapoor is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In his research, Rahul explores the strategies pursued by established and emerging firms in technology-based industries. He focuses on how firms organize for innovation and manage technological and industry-level changes. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Advances in Strategic Management, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal. He is a member of the editorial board for the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Strategy Science. In 2011, Rahul was awarded the inaugural Academy of Management (TIM Division) Emerging Scholar Award. At Wharton, Rahul teaches MBA and Executive MBA courses on Competitive Strategy and Technology Strategy. He also teaches in several open enrollment and customized Executive Education programs focusing on strategy and innovation. Prior to joining academia, he spent over 7 years in the high-tech industry where he worked for Texas Instruments and was involved with two startups, one of which he co-founded.

Frank LaMay, Lecturer, Finance Department, The Wharton School

Frank LaMay has taught corporate finance, investment management and economics at Wharton since 1981. He has taught in the undergraduate program and in post-baccalaureate, executive education and professional development programs. His areas of interest include investment theory and management, corporate valuation, capital budgeting and mergers and acquisitions.

Frank has had extensive practical experience in the field of finance. As head of the corporate planning and analysis function for a Fortune 200 company, he was responsible for development of annual and long-term plans and for financial analysis of corporate results and competitive performance as well as strategy and M&A initiatives. He has held a number of other financial management positions focused on operational and strategic planning at the corporate and divisional level. His industry expertise extends to the financial services, insurance and healthcare industries. Frank also has experience in investment management oversight and financial management of not-for-profit organizations.

Frank earned his AB magna cum laude from Princeton University and has an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School. He has received several awards for outstanding teaching. Frank is a member of the American Finance Association and the Financial Management Association.

Karen Lewis, PhD, Joseph and Ida Sondheimer Professor in International Economics and Finance, The Wharton School

Karen Lewis is the Joseph and Ida Sondheimer Professor of International Economics and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a former co-director of Wharton’s Weiss Center for International Financial Research. Professor Lewis holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

She started her academic career at the Stern School for Business of New York University before moving to Wharton, where she has taught courses in international financial markets and multinational corporate finance. Her policy and research interests are international asset pricing and risk management, globalization of financial markets, and firm financing as well as their access to financial services. Her research has been published in a number of leading journals.

Professor Lewis has also been a consultant at various central banks and international organizations including the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Israel, the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the International Monetary Fund. She currently serves on the Research Advisory Council of SAFE (Sustainable Architecture for Finance) in Europe. She is a Senior Fellow at the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Kevin Werbach, JD, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School

Kevin Werbach is a professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his influential work on telecommunications and internet policy, he is a pioneer in the emerging field of gamification: applying digital game-design techniques to business. His book, For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business (with Dan Hunter) was published in 2012, and over 220,000 students worldwide have registered for his Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). He was named Wharton’s first “Iron Prof” in 2010.

Outside of his academic role, Professor Werbach is the founder of Supernova Group, a technology analysis and consulting firm. For nine years, he organized the Supernova conference, described by former Xerox PARC head John Seely Brown as “one of the must-attends of the digerati and forward thinkers of the networked age.” He co-led the review of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the Obama Administration’s Presidential Transition Team in 2008, and was employed as an expert advisor by both the FCC and the Department of Commerce in 2009.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Werbach was the editor of Release 1.0, a renowned technology report for senior executives, and co-organizer, with Esther Dyson, of the annual PC Forum conference. Before that, he served as counsel for New Technology Policy at the FCC during the Clinton Administration. Called “one of the few policy wonks who really got it” by Wired, he helped develop the U.S. government’s e-commerce policies, and authored Digital Tornado, the first comprehensive analysis of the implications of the internet on telecommunications.

A sought-after speaker and commentator, Professor Werbach has appeared in print and broadcast media including CNN, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, NPR, ABC News, USA Today,the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Financial Times, and the Economist. His writing has appeared inHarvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, IEEE Spectrum, Harvard Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and Slate, among other publications, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and FCC.

Professor Werbach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as publishing editor of the law review, and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.