Wharton Innovation Doctoral Symposium

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.

Student Organizing Committee

Dan is a doctoral student at the Wharton School’s Management Department. He has a B.S. in Accounting, a Master’s in Accounting from the College of William & Mary, and an MBA from Brigham Young University. Prior to returning to school, Dan worked as a CPA for EY in Palo Alto, CA, and Washington, DC, and then as a consultant for small distressed firms in Utah. His research interests include technology innovation, industry change, sensing, forecasting accuracy, and political ideology.

Jason is a second-year doctoral student in the Management Department at the Wharton School. His research interest includes entrepreneurship and technology innovation.

Aparajita is a doctoral student in the Management Department. She is interested in two streams of research. In the first, she studies growth of micro and small enterprises through technology-led innovation in developing economies. In the second, she focuses on social entrepreneurship and impact-led investments in mission-driven companies.

Logan is a doctoral student in the Wharton School’s Management Department. He has a BS in Strategic Management from Brigham Young University. Prior to returning to school, Logan worked in corporate and partnership strategy for DaVita Inc., a healthcare services firm in Denver, Colorado. His research interests include immigration, innovation, and corporate strategy.

Mike is a doctoral student in the Wharton School’s Management Department. He has B.S. and Master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to entering his doctoral studies, Mike was a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His research interests include entrepreneurship, venture capital, and technology innovation.

Sathya is a second-year PhD student in Strategy within Wharton’s Management Department. His research interests include corporate strategy, corporate governance, and how business interacts with society at large.

Sirui is a doctoral candidate in information systems in the Department of Operations, Information and Decisions. His research interests encompass the economics of knowledge, technology innovation and computational social science.