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Knowledge@Wharton: January 28, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Rodney Ramcharan (Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California), Jay Finkelman (Professor & Department Chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Clinton Oster Jr. (Professor Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University), Bill Schneider (Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University), Lisa Cook Ph.D. (Associate Professor Economics and International Relations, Michigan State Univerisity), Roger Clark (Founding Member and Managing Partner; Visiting Professor, The Clark Law Group; Rutgers Law School Camden), Eric Orts (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton), and Peter Cappelli (Professor of Management; Director of the Center for Human Resources; Author, The Wharton School) on the Monday, January 28, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Monday, January 28, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Bill Schneider and Eric Orts

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Bill Schneider, Eric Orts

Rodney Ramcharon and Lisa D. Cook

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Rodney Ramcharan, Lisa Cook Ph.D.

Jay Finkelman and Peter Cappelli

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Jay Finkelman, Peter Cappelli

Roger W. Clark and Dr. Clinton V. Oster

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Clinton Oster Jr., Roger Clark

Featured Guests

Rodney Ramcharan

Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California


Rodney Ramcharan served as the first chief of the Systemic Financial Institutions and Markets Section at the Board Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He also worked for the International Monetary Fund from 2000-2010, primarily on emerging markets such as South Africa and in developing economies. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Dutch National Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and a consultant to the Swedish Riksbank. His research has been published in the leading finance and economics journals, such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics.


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Jay Finkelman

Professor & Department Chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology


Previously he was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before that he was Interim Business School Dean, Associate Dean, Professor and System-wide Director of Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Organizational Psychology Division. He served as a senior manager, consultant and expert witness in employment, staffing and human resources management for over two decades. He has had hundreds of retentions and depositions and testified at trial, as an expert in employment practices, 59 times, equally for plaintiffs and defendants. He authored over 120 publications and co-author of three books, including: The Psychologist Manager: Success Models for Psychologists in Executive Positions (Hogrefe Publishing, 2013) and The 7 Attributes of Highly Competitive Staffing Firms (Crain Communications, Inc., 2010).

Dr. Finkelman is an Industrial and Forensic Psychologist as well as a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from New York University, an M.B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY), and a Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) from The Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law. He was a tenured full professor of Industrial Psychology at The City University of New York as well as Dean of Students at Baruch College. He also served on the Doctoral Faculty in Business, specializing in Organizational Behavior, at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

Dr. Finkelman served in a variety of senior line management positions after leaving CUNY, including Station Manager of KTVU Television Channel 2 in San Francisco, Vice President in charge of Marketing for Walt Disney television, Executive Vice President for United Personnel Services, Executive Vice President for AppleOne Employment Services, and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Kelly Services – in the Human Resource Management and Staffing Industry.

Dr. Finkelman holds Diplomates from the American Board of Professional Psychology in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology and in Forensic Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant from the National Association of Personnel Consultants and a Certified Employment Specialist from the California Association of Personnel Consultants. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of California and in the State of New York and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a member of Psi Chi, Delta Sigma Rho – Tau Kappa Alpha and Beta Gamma Sigma, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CUNY.
He is a member of the Industrial Psychology, Consulting Psychology and Engineering Psychology Divisions of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Dr. Finkelman specializes in Human Resource Management and business practices, workplace investigations, leadership, staffing industry management practices, training, employment discrimination (gender, age, race, and disability), sexual harassment, gender bias, diversity, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Return to Work, vocational rehabilitation/ job search, career counseling & assessment, compensation practices, executive compensation, wage & hour compliance, independent contractor status, officer responsibility, conflict of interest, negligent hiring/retention, wrongful termination, adverse impact, performance appraisal, psychometrics, statistical analysis, human factors and ergonomics.

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Clinton Oster Jr.

Professor Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University


Clinton V. Oster, Jr. is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean for Bloomington Programs at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University.  His research has centered on aviation safety, airline economics and competition policy, air traffic management and delays, aviation security, and policy analysis. He has taught graduate level courses on managerial economics, government regulation, policy analysis and public policy. Clinton has co-authored numerous articles and five books on various aspects of air transportation including Managing the Skies: Public Policy, Organization, and Financing of Air Navigation (Ashgate Publishing) and Why Airplanes Crash: Aviation Safety in a Changing World (Oxford University Press).

He has chaired and served on numerous National Academy of Sciences study committees on topics related to intercity passenger travel, aviation safety, air traffic control, and aviation security.  Clinton has served as president of the Transportation Research Forum, Research Director of the President’s Aviation Safety Commission and on Gubernatorial Transition Teams for two Indiana governors.  He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice. He also works as a safety inspector and accident investigator for Indycar at the Indianapolis 500 and other races.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University, master’s degree in public affairs from Carnegie-Mellon University, and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
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Bill Schneider

Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


Bill Schneider, a leading U.S. political analyst, is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University . He is also a Visiting Professor of Communications and Public Affairs at UCLA. He is a contributor to Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post and NBC News “Think.” He was the Cable News Network’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009.

Schneider has covered every U.S. presidential and midterm election since 1976 for The Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, CNN and Al Jazeera. He has also covered elections in other countries (U.K., Germany, Mexico, Israel, Japan). Schneider has been labeled “the nation’s electionmeister” by The Washington Times and “the Aristotle of American politics” by The Boston Globe. Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him “the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.” He was a member of the CNN political team that won an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage.

Schneider received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, where he subsequently taught in the Department of Government. From 1990 through 1995, he was the Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Visiting Professor of American Politics at Boston College. In 2002, he was the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brandeis University. From 2009 to 2012, he was the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Brandeis University in 2008.

In 2003, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University awarded Schneider its Centennial Medal for contributions to society. In 2001, he received the Julian P. Kanter Award for Excellence in Television from the American Association of Political Consultants. He is also the recipient of the Brandeis University Pride Award and the Alumni Achievement Award.

In 2009, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems presented Schneider with a special award “for his extensive coverage and keen insight of the 2008 United States presidential elections . . . showcasing democracy in action” to the world.

Bill Schneider is co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of “The Confidence Gap: Business, Labor and Government in the Public Mind. He has also written extensively on politics and public opinion for The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Politico, Reuters and National Journal. His book, Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable, will be published by Simon & Schuster in May 2018.

Twitter – @BillSchneiderDC; @GeorgeMasonU
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Lisa Cook Ph.D.

Associate Professor Economics and International Relations, Michigan State Univerisity


Dr. Lisa D. Cook is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Economics and in International Relations (James Madison College) at Michigan State University. She was the first Marshall Scholar from Spelman College and received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to this appointment and while on faculty at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, she was Deputy Director for Africa Research at the Center for International Development, Managing Editor of the Harvard University-World Economic Forum Africa Competitiveness Report, and contributed to the Making Markets Work program at Harvard Business School. She was also a National Fellow at Stanford University.

Among her current research interests are economic growth and development, economic history, innovation, and financial institutions and markets. Dr. Cook is the author of a number of published articles, book chapters, and working papers, and her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Harvard Business School, the Economic History Association, and the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, among others. Based on her research, she was appointed in 2013 to the Advisory Boards of the Smithsonian Institution’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

With former colleague and co-author Jeffrey Sachs, she advised the governments of Nigeria and Rwanda, and, as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, she was Senior Adviser on Finance and Development at the Treasury Department from 2000 to 2001 and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was on leave at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and worked on the euro zone, financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In February 2015, she began serving as the president of the National Economic Association. She is a guest columnist for the Detroit Free Press and a regular contributor on MSNBC. She speaks English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof.

Twitter – @drlisadcook | @michiganstateu
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Roger Clark

Founding Member and Managing Partner; Visiting Professor, The Clark Law Group; Rutgers Law School Camden


ROGER W. CLARK is the founding member and managing partner of The Clark Law Group, a firm with offices in California and Florida. Roger has practiced in aviation for approximately 32 years. He is a visiting Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School where he teaches Aviation Law, and is a past Instructor of Business Law at Florida International University.

Rutgers Law School honored Roger as Adjunct Professor of the Year for 2009 and honored him again in 2012 with the Armitage Distinguished Alumni Award which is awarded annually upon a single individual for outstanding achievement. The Armitage Award is the highest award Rutgers Law School can bestow.

He is the founder and president of The Iraida Foundation, a federally registered public charity that supports impoverished children in Africa, and children of active duty American military. Roger is the immediate past Chairman of the New Majority Los Angeles, and is on the Board of Directors of New Majority California, an organization that is dedicated to political reform in California. He served as a Trustee of Viewpoint Educational Foundation in Calabasas, California from 2000 – 2009 and is currently a Trustee Emeritus.

Roger earned his pilot certificate in 1982. He is licensed in California and Florida and in federal courts in these and other states. He has been listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers every year since 1986. Roger is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and was appointed to the Board of Examiners for the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy.

Roger is a graduate of the Master Advocate’s Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and a Graduate of the Advanced Teacher Training Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a past Judge Pro Tempore in Los Angeles, California. Roger is a “Fellow” of the Litigation Counsel of America, a National Trial Lawyers Honorary Society.

Roger W. Clark is the recipient of the Litigation Counsel of America’s inaugural 2013 Peter Perlman Service Award. He has also been named “Super Lawyer” every year from 2006 through 2015 by the publishers of Law and Politics Magazine. He has also been annually recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Southern California” as published in Los Angeles Magazine. He has served as an expert on pilot certification actions before the FAA. He is the author of Is Lessor More?, appearing in the SMU Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Volume 75, Winter 2010, Number 1. Over his career he has instructed and presented at numerous events, including the Renaissance Symposium at the Harvard Club, in New York, in 2011 and 2014, the CEO Effectiveness Group, in Orange County, the CEB program Advanced Negotiation and Settlement Techniques held in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the American Conference Institute’s Aviation Litigation Conference held in Boston, the Embry Riddle Air Law Symposium and SMU Air Law Symposium in Dallas, Texas.

Roger was the Co-Host of KTLA’s Law Business Insider radio program, a syndicated radio program airing nationwide on ABC radio from 2005 – 2011. He has been a contributing author to the Los Angeles Lawyer’s Magazine and has been featured on KTLK Radio’s Meet America’s Best Lawyers and Forbes Radio Channel America’s Best Lawyers. He is a periodic guest legal expert on Serious XM 111, where he has offered comments on the Germanwings Disaster and the efforts of Congress to privatize the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Eric Orts

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management; Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Wharton


Research Interests: corporate governance, environmental management, environmental law and policy, securities regulation, theories of the firm, professional ethics

Twitter – @EricOrts
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Peter Cappelli

Professor of Management; Director of the Center for Human Resources; Author, The Wharton School


Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, served as Senior Advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2003-2005, and since 2007 is a Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He has been a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund Fellow, and a faculty member at MIT, the University of Illinois, and the University of California at Berkeley. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-’90, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University. Professor Cappelli has served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences and three panels of the National Goals for Education. He was recently named by HR Magazine as one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in management and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He received the 2009 PRO award from the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters for contributions to human resources. He serves on Global Agenda Council on Employment for the World Economic Forum and a number of advisory boards.

Professor Cappelli’s recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. These publications include The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce, which examines the decline in lifetime employment relationships, Talent Management: Managing Talent in an Age of Uncertainty, which outlines the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent (named a “best business book” for 2008 by Booz-Allen), and The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management (with colleagues), which describes a mission-driven and employee-focused approach to strategy and competitiveness. His 2010 book Managing the Older Worker (with Bill Novelli) dispels myths about older workers and describes how employers can best engage them. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs (2012) identifies shortfalls with current hiring practices and training practices and has been excerpted in Time Magazine (online) and reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and most major business publications. Related work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review.

Peter Cappelli is also the host of “In the Workplace” on SiriusXM 132.
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