Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium

The Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium (WINDS) is the Wharton School’s student-run multi-disciplinary doctoral conference on innovation.

The rationale behind WINDS is that innovation, a central theme in business research and a fundamental driver in today’s economy, is by its very nature multi-disciplinary. However, as of today, there is no platform where doctoral students from different business-related disciplines — such as strategic management, organizational theory, finance, accounting, operations, marketing, economics, and other areas — can interact. WINDS intends to provide such a multi-disciplinary meeting point.

This event, now occurring annually in March, is organized by the Mack Innovation Doctoral Association and supported by the Mack Institute, the Wharton Doctoral Office, and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly of University of Pennsylvania.

If you have any questions, please email the organizing committee at windsteam@wharton.upenn.edu.

Read more about the founding of WINDS here.

Student Organizing Committee

Jaeho Kim is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Management Department at the Wharton School. He conducts research on strategies for fostering technological innovation by entrepreneurial individuals, firms, and ecosystems. His present work addresses startups’ innovation teams and investigates how the team composition of talents and tech-based knowledge affects the subsequent innovation performance of individual members of the team.

Brittany Mallory is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in management, specializing in strategic human capital. She studies how firms navigate the external labor market to hire workers and the consequences of mobility to workers’ careers. She is especially interested in how these questions intersect with startups as they scale and change organizational size and form. Prior to beginning doctoral work, Brittany worked in marketing research and as a research assistant studying coworking spaces and human capital mobility. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Sathya is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Management Department with a focus on corporate and non-market strategy. In particular, his research interests range from mergers and acquisitions in innovative contexts to how social movements impact corporate policy. Prior to beginning doctoral work, Sathya worked for 7 years on management consulting and corporate social responsibility engagements. He previously earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BS from the University of North Carolina.

Vinay is a third-year doctoral student in Management. His research interests are in entrepreneurial strategy, venture capital and innovation. Prior to academia, Vinay was a Managing Director at multiple PE and VC funds, investment banker at Goldman Sachs NY, led M&A at Flipkart and held board roles at unicorn startups. Vinay has degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan).

Berry is a third-year doctoral student in the Operation, Information and Decisions Department at the Wharton School. His research interest lies in technology innovation and strategy. His present work studies how open source might fit into the overall IT strategy of firms. Prior to doctoral work, He received bachelor’s degree in computer science and business from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Henrique is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Marketing department at the Wharton school. His research focuses on momentum-driven marketing problems, such as reducing consumer fatigue in digital advertising and forecasting virality in online networks. He has previously researched – and consulted for – the cinema and video game industries, as well as mobile fintech and superapps.

Seventh Annual Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium

Conference Dates: March 15 & 16, 2024

Application Deadline: Sunday, December 24, 2023

This event will be held in person

View 2023 WINDS Agenda here