Wharton Research Centers

Wharton’s 20+ research centers and initiatives serve as an intellectual hub for faculty, students, and members of the business community. Individuals from all over the world come to Wharton to study and debate business challenges. Their work generates courses, academic programs, community outreach, published research, and partnerships among academics, industry, and government.

Behavior Change for Good

Behavior Change for Good Initiative

Katherine Milkman and Angela Duckworth, Co-Directors

 

Customer Analytics

Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative (WCAI)

Eric T. Bradlow, Director

 

Entrepreneurship

Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship

Karl T. Ulrich, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center

Ian C. MacMillan, Director

Wharton Small Business Development Center

Celeste Corrado, Director

 

Environmental Management

Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

Eric Orts, Director; Joanne Spigonardo, Associate Director

 

Ethics

Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research

William S. Laufer, Director

 

Family Business

Wharton Global Family Alliance

Raphael (Raffi) Amit and Ian C. MacMillan, Co-Directors

 

Finance

Alternative Investments Initiative

Bilge Yilmaz, Academic Director

Financial Institutions Center

Richard J. Herring, Director

Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research

Christopher Geczy, Academic Director

Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research

Donald Keim, Director

 

Global Initiatives

Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

Eric Orts, Director; Joanne Spigonardo, Associate Director

Penn Wharton China Center

Z. John Zhang, Director

Wharton Global Family Alliance

Raphael (Raffi) Amit and Ian C. MacMillan, Co-Directors

Wharton-INSEAD Center for Global Research & Education

Thomas Robertson, Noah Gans, Mauro Guillen

 

Health Economics

Center for Health Management and Economics

Lawton R. Burns, Director

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Daniel Polsky, Executive Director

Human Resources

Center for Human Resources

Peter Cappelli, Director

Council on Employee Relations (formerly Labor Relations Council)

Peter Cappelli, Chairman

 

Innovation Management

William and Phyllis Mack Institute for Innovation Management

Harbir Singh, Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch Co-Directors; Saikat Chaudhuri, Executive Director

 

Insurance and Pensions

Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research

Olivia S. Mitchell, Director

Pension Research Council

Olivia S. Mitchell, Executive Director

 

Management and Leadership

Center for Leadership and Change Management

Michael Useem, Director

 

Neuroscience

Wharton Neuroscience Initiative

Michael Platt, Director and Elizabeth Johnson, Executive Director

 

Operations Management

Fishman-Davidson Center for Service and Operations Management

Morris A. Cohen and Marshall L. Fisher, Co-Directors

 

People Analytics

Wharton People Analytics

Matthew Bidwell, Angela Duckworth, Adam Grant, Cade Massey, Katherine Milkman, Faculty Directors

 

Public Policy

Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Kent Smetters, Interim Faculty Director; Andrew Coopersmith, Managing Director

 

Real Estate

Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center

Joseph E. Gyourko, Director

 

Retailing

Jay H. Baker Retailing Center

Thomas S. Robertson, Director

 

Risk Management

Risk Management and Decision Processes Center

Howard Kunreuther and Robert Meyer, Co-Directors

 

Sports and Business

Wharton Sports Business Initiative

Kenneth L. Shropshire, Director