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Knowledge@Wharton: November 6, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Stephen Byars (Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication, USC Marshall School of Business), John Hennessy (Chairman, Alphabet), Christine Porath (Associate Professor of Management, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business), Richard Dasher (Director of Stanford University’s U.S. – Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University), Nancy Rothbard (Professor of Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), Marshall Meyer (Emeritus Professor of Management, The Wharton School), and Katherine Klein (Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Dr. Stephen Byars, Nancy Rothbard, and Christine Porath

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Stephen Byars, Christine Porath, Nancy Rothbard

Marshall Meyer and Richard Dasher

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Richard Dasher, Marshall Meyer

John Hennessy

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: John Hennessy

Katherine Klein

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Katherine Klein

Featured Guests

Stephen Byars

Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication, USC Marshall School of Business


Steve received his PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from the University of Southern California in 1997. He served as Associate Director—Upper-Division Writing in the Writing Program in the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences from 1997 to 2005 and has been a member of the Marshall faculty since then.

Prior to attending graduate school here at USC, Steve worked in human resources for the Walt Disney Company for six years, briefly at the Disneyland Resort and then at the corporate site in Burbank. There he specialized in in-house training, hiring, and employee relations.

Full Profile

John Hennessy

Chairman, Alphabet


As Stanford University’s 10th president, John L. Hennessy led the university’s extraordinary growth in multidisciplinary research and teaching in the 21st century.

Keeping Stanford accessible and affordable to outstanding students was among his priorities, and during his presidency, Stanford’s financial aid program became one of the strongest in the nation.

Throughout his presidency, Hennessy fostered interdisciplinary collaboration, launching university-wide initiatives in human health, environmental sustainability, international affairs and the arts and creativity and greatly expanding opportunities for multidisciplinary teaching and learning. Under his leadership, the campus underwent a physical transformation to support 21st-century research and teaching needs — including cutting-edge facilities for the Graduate School for Business, the Law School, the Science and Engineering Quadrangle, Stanford Medicine and the Arts District.

In early 2016, he announced the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world, and after stepping down as president, he became the inaugural Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program in September 2016. Scholars will receive full funding to pursue a graduate or professional degree in any of Stanford’s seven schools. The focus of their experience will be both knowledge and leadership development — with the goal of preparing a new generation of leaders to make a positive impact on the world.

Hennessy, a pioneer in computer architecture, joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 as an assistant professor of electrical engineering. In 1981, he drew together researchers to focus on a technology known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), which revolutionized computing by increasing performance while reducing costs. Hennessy helped transfer this technology to industry. In 1984, he cofounded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. He rose to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1987-2004). He has been director of Stanford’s Computer Systems Laboratory (1983-1993); dean of the School of Engineering (1996-2000), and university provost (1999-2000). In October 2000, he was inaugurated as Stanford’s 10th president. Throughout his career, Hennessy has multiplied the impact of Stanford’s great minds by fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, initially in the biosciences and bioengineering and now among 18 interdisciplinary centers drawing from Stanford’s seven schools.

His honors include the 2012 Medal of Honor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, its highest award; the 2000 Benjamin Garver Lamme Award of the American Society of Electrical Engineers; the 2001 Eckert-Mauchly Award of the Association for Computing Machinery; the 2001 Seymour Cray Computer Engineering Award; a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, and a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hennessy earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Along with David Patterson, Hennessy won the 2017 Turing Award for their work in developing the reduced instruction set computer (RISC) architecture, which is now used in 99% of new computer chips.

In February 2018, Hennessy was announced as the new Chairman of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company
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Christine Porath

Associate Professor of Management, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business


Christine Porath is an Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She is also a consultant working with leading organizations to help them create a thriving workplace.

Her speaking and consulting clients include Google, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, Genentech, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, and National Security Agency.

Christine is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and has written articles for New York Times (Sunday Review), Wall Street Journal, McKinsey Quarterly, and Washington Post. Her New York Times articles on Why You Hate Work and No Time to Be Nice at Work have been shared nearly 150,000 times on social media.

She frequently delivers conference talks, including at Conference Board, Human Resources People and Strategy (HRPS), and Work Human. She has taught in various Executive programs at Harvard, Georgetown, USC, and ESADE. Prior to her position at Georgetown, she was a faculty member at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.

Porath is author Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior. Her research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Consumer Research, and many other journals and books.

Christine’s work has been featured worldwide in over 1500 television, radio and print outlets. It has appeared on 20/20, Today, FoxNews, CNN, BBC, NBC, msnbc, CBS, ABC, and NPR. It has also been included in Time, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, NY Times, The Washington Post, and L.A. Times.

Before getting her Ph.D., she worked for International Management Group (IMG), a leading sports management and marketing firm. Porath received her Ph.D. from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from College of the Holy Cross where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the women’s basketball and soccer teams.

Twitter – @PorathC | @Georgetown

Personal Site – ChristinePorath.com

Book – https://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Civility-Manifesto-Christine-Porath/dp/1455568988
Full Profile

Richard Dasher

Director of Stanford University’s U.S. – Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University


Richard Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and, concurrently, Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. His research and teaching focus on innovation systems and the impact of new technologies on industry structure and dynamics. Dr. Dasher serves on selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation in Canada and Japan. He is an advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in the U.S., China, Japan, and S. Korea. Dr. Dasher was the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as an outside Board Director and member of the Management Council of Tohoku University from 2004 – 2010. Dr. Dasher received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University. From 1986 – 90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Advanced Language and Area Training Centers in Japan and Korea that provide full-time curricula to U.S. and Commonwealth Country diplomats assigned to those countries.

-Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations-

Board Director, Japan Society of Northern California (2011 – Present)

Board Director, Keizai – Silicon Valley U.S.-Japan Business Forum (2002 – Present)

Program Committee member, World Premier International Research Center Initiative, JSPS, Japan (2007 – Present)

Co-chair, Review Panel, Canada Excellence Research Chairs (2009 – Present)

Chair, Steering Committee, Japan – U.S. Innovation Awards (2011 – Present)

Twitter – @rdasher8 | @Stanford | @AsiaTechSU
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Nancy Rothbard

Professor of Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania


Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is a Professor of Management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining the faculty at Wharton, she was on faculty at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Professor Rothbard’s research focuses on the interplay between emotions and engagement in multiple roles. Specifically, she explores how people’s emotional responses to one role or task affect their subsequent engagement in another role or task. She has examined these questions in the context of work and family roles and in the context of multiple tasks that people perform within the work role. Her work has been published in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology. In addition to her academic articles, Professor Rothbard has authored several Harvard Business School case studies. Her teaching cases touch on the topics of leadership, corporate culture, and organizational change. Professor Rothbard received the 2000 Likert Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan. She is also the recipient of the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Award for Teaching Excellence and the Wharton Teaching Commitment and Curricular Innovation Award, 2010.
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Marshall Meyer

Emeritus Professor of Management, The Wharton School


Marshall W. Meyer is the Richard A. Sapp Professor of Management in the Wharton School, Professor of Sociology, and Associate Member of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Meyer has taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, the Riverside, Irvine, and Los Angeles campuses of the University of California, and Yale University, and has been a visiting professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and the School of Business and Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Meyer was also a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 1993-94.
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Katherine Klein

Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management, The Wharton School


Professor Katherine Klein is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Wharton, Katherine was on the faculty of the University of Maryland and a visiting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

An award-winning organizational psychologist, Katherine has conducted extensive field research regarding a range of topics including team leadership, climate, conflict, social networks and effectiveness; organizational change and technology implementation; employee diversity; and employee responses to stock ownership and stock options. She has taught executive education, studied, and consulted with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Charles Schwab, Rohm and Haas, North American Scientific, Medtronic, The Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, Penn Vet, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Korean Management Association.

Her research has been published in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review. A former associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, she is currently an associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly. Katherine is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Katherine’s current research interests include race in organizations; leadership succession and social network change; and Rwanda’s reconciliation and reconstruction following the 1994 genocide.
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