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, which is planned to occur on a yearly basis, is organized by the Mack Innovation Doctoral Association, with additional support from the Wharton Doctoral Office. The first symposium took place October 5-7, 2017.

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

WINDS 2018

Call for Proposals

Submissions for the 2018 WINDS Conference are now closed. View the 2018 Call for Proposals here (PDF).

Student Organizing Committee

Qingqing ChenQingqing is doctoral student in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department. She graduated from Peking University with a B.A. in economics, a B.S. in statistics and a M.A. in economics. Her research interests include development economics, small and medium business, entrepreneurship, and technology spillovers.

Jaeho ChoiJaeho is a second-year doctoral student in Management with a specialization in Strategy. He holds a B.A. in public administration and business administration and a M.S. in management from Yonsei University, South Korea. His research interest include organizational learning and strategic decision making.

Tong LiuTong is a doctoral student at the Wharton School’s Finance Department. He is interested in dynamic corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and macro finance. His recent work investigates the relative importance of individual inventors’ human capital and firm’s organizational capital in promoting a firm’s innovation output. Other projects study how search frictions affect venture capital’s portfolio size and performance persistence.

Lou BowenBowen is a doctoral student in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, with specialization in Information Systems. His research interest lies in the broad area of economics of information technologies. He studies how firms improve their productivity through technology and innovation. Bowen is also passionate about proposing or applying eclectic but robust solutions from network science and natural language processing to derive valuable insights in large-scale datasets and solve real-world problems.

Mauricio MedeirosMauricio is a doctoral student at the Wharton School’s Finance Department. He has a B.A. in Economics from the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and a M.A. in Economics from the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/EPGE). His research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance and entrepreneurship.

Alex MillerAlex is a third-year student in OID with a specialization in information systems. His research interests include A/B testing, causal inference, machine learning, and online recommendation systems. He has a BA in mathematics from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College and worked in digital marketing and full-stack application development prior to attending Wharton.

Lisa TangLisa is a doctoral student in the Management Department at The Wharton School. Her research interests lie at the intersection of emerging markets, corporate strategy and knowledge flow.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Gilles DurantonDean’s Chair in Real Estate Professor
Chair, Real Estate Department

David HsuRichard A. Sapp Professor
Professor of Management

Rahul KapoorAssociate Professor of Management

Serguei NetessineProfessor of Operations, Information and Decisions

Luke TaylorAssistant Professor of Finance

Lynn WuAssistant Professor, Operations, Information and Decisions