The PhD program in Management with specialization in Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School, prepares students to “apply rigorous social science disciplinary theory and research methods to the demands of current management and leadership challenges in the public and private sectors”.

PhD Entrepreneurship Pennsylvania Wharton

Areas of faculty research

  • New venture formation and growth
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial emotions, identity, creativity, motivation
  • Technology adoption, diffusion, and transfer
  • Entrepreneurial learning and adaptation
  • Entrepreneurial alliances, networks, ecosystems

Students in the PhD program in Entrepreneurship at Pennsylvania – Wharton can engage with the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center which seeks to advance understanding of entrepreneurship and global wealth creation. The center offers entrepreneurship classes related to startups, private equity & venture capital, intrapreneurship, and social entrepreneurship. It also has a ‘Scale School’ to educate budding entrepreneurs about the journey from initial product-market fit to the creation of a large enterprise of tremendous value. Additionally, Wharton has the Mack Institute for Innovation Management to connect business leaders with academic scholars to explore innovation management strategies that allow established firms to survive, compete, and thrive.

Wharton has also compiled a list of many pre-doctoral training opportunities, e.g.

  • Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) – A consortium of universities and research institutions that aims to foster a talented, diverse, and inclusive population in the quantitative social sciences.
  • Stanford GSB Research Fellow Program –  A two-year fellowship for individuals wanting to gain valuable training and experience toward a career in academic research before applying to a PhD program in business.
  • The Michigan Ross Bridges to Doctoral Fellows Program – A 12-month, full-time certificate that prepares individuals who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree to successfully transition into full-time doctoral studies.