Lori Rosenkopf
Lori Rosenkopf is the Simon and Midge Palley Professor and Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Lori served two terms as Vice Dean of the Wharton Undergraduate Division from 2013-2019. In that role, she introduced a new curriculum, built academic experiences to introduce students to the tech sector, and built pipeline programs.

She earned her Ph. D in Management of Organizations from Columbia University after working as a systems engineer for Eastman Kodak and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Prior to that, Lori earned her B.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and her M.S in Operations Research from Stanford University.
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Wharton Global Forum: Lori Rosenkopf on Social Networks’ Evolution

Social networks have made the world smaller. Why does it still seem so big? Professor Lori Rosenkopf dove into that question — from “Six Degrees of Separation” and the Small World Study to today’s big data on social media like Facebook – during a talk at the Wharton Global Forum in London.
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Vice Dean Rosenkopf asserts that there's been a shift in the way students talk about entrepreneurship—not just as a career alternative to banking or consulting, but as a way to start ventures with “a much greater social perspective.”
Lori Rosenkopf of Wharton notes that while the content of strategy has likely changed, “it’s the role of a great strategist to be anticipating a wide variety of outcomes and building contingency plans.”

Vice Dean Rosenkopf suggests that EMBA courses are an opportunity for seasoned executives as industry experience is a better predictor of entrepreneurial success than youthful exuberance.
When Prof. Lori Rosenkopf’s course on the culture of tech went virtual, she set out to make a more interactive learning experience. Her efforts have seen some unexpected results.

Wharton Prof. Lori Rosenkopf argues that we’re not benefitting from “shorter network paths” created by social media, and offers two solutions to activate them.

A new course sends 40 students deep into the “Silicon Valley ecosystem.” Rosenkopf hopes to repeat the trip next year, as well as add a second course that explores Los Angeles’ media and entertainment industry.

Course Overview: MGMT265 Culture of Technology

Academics, students and practitioners alike are fascinated by the culture of tech sector - its people, practices, and organization. In this course we explore this sector using a combination of research papers, press coverage, and practitioner involvement. Each class session will be devoted to discussion of a single research article, during which we will be joined via state-of-the-art videoconferencing by a Wharton alum from the tech sector whose expertise is relevant to the paper topic.

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In this Capstone project, you will be assembling a pitch deck for a new venture, including the key deliverables (e.g., customer needs, concept description, financials, and so forth). You will review your peers' projects according to a rubric develop by Wharton Entrepreneurship and practice applying the same criteria VC’s use in evaluating potential investments.
Throughout the learning journey of 9 to 12 months, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program will inform you through a mix of in-depth core modules and electives, real-world case studies, polls, reflection journal, and lectures — providing you with solutions to business challenges your organization confronts on a daily basis.

Organizations need multifaceted managers with the skill set to consider the financial, operational, strategic, and human implications of their business decisions. In Wharton’s online Management Development Program, you’ll gain the hard and soft skills to become a more effective and well-rounded leader.