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

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.

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.

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.