Meet the Wharton Faculty

Academic Director

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.

WBLC Faculty

Harbir Singh, PhD, Mack Professor; Professor of Management; Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School

Harbir Singh is the Mack Professor of Management; co-director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; and faculty director of the Huntsman Program for International Studies and Business at the Wharton School. Committed to global business research and education, he has served as vice dean for Global Initiatives at the Wharton School. He focuses on the development of world-class capabilities and of sustainable competitive advantage. His main interests in research and teaching lie in three areas: strategic leadership, growth and innovation via alliances and acquisitions, and the evolution of competitive strategy.

Harbir has won multiple awards for outstanding research in strategic management at the Academy of Management in addition to awards for teaching. He received the Academy of International Business Decade Award for his co-authored work on determinants of modes of entry by multinational firms into new country markets. He was chair of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and is the former dean of the fellows of the Strategic Management Society. He is the author of several books on strategy and leadership in a global setting.

Harbir received his PhD at the University of Michigan. He is the academic director for several of Wharton’s open enrollment executive programs, including Creating and Implementing Strategy for Competitive Advantage and Driving Growth through Strategic Partnerships, and is a lead faculty member in the Mergers and Acquisitions program. Additionally, he teaches and directs numerous customized programs for companies and associations around the world.

Harbir has been a visiting faculty member at London Business School; Bocconi University in Milan; and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, as well as a founding faculty member of the Indian School of Business. He has also conducted executive seminars on competitive advantage, globalization, acquisitions, and alliances for many companies including IBM Corporation, Pfizer, Verizon, AT&T, and Daimler.

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Mary-Hunter (“Mae”) McDonnell is the Clarence Nickman Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton. She holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management as well as a JD from Harvard Law School. Previously, she has held faculty positions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Northwestern University Law School.

Professor McDonnell studies organizational behavior and governance within challenging institutional contexts, such as contentious social environments and uncertain regulatory environments. She has published award-winning research in leading peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Science, as well as law reviews including the Cornell Law Review and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Academy of Management Journal.

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.

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.

Michael Roberts, PhD, William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Professor Michael Roberts’ primary research is in the area of corporate finance and in particular: capital structure, investment policy, financial contracting, and payout policy. Recent work has examined issues including the design of debt securities and the role of control rights in influencing financial and investment policy. His research has received several awards including the Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper published in the Journal of Finance, and Best Paper awards at the Financial Management Association and Southwestern Finance Association annual conferences. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in Statistics and PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his experience at the Wharton School, he has taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Natalya Vinokurova, Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Natalya Vinokurova is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied Psychology, and she received her MPhil and PhD in Business Administration from the NYU Stern School. Her dissertation won the first prize from the Industry Studies Association, an honorable mention for the Grigor McLelland Award from the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, and was a finalist for the Wiley-Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Academy of Management.