Peter Cappelli

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

Past Appearances

In the Workplace: March 7, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Nisha Jackson (Founder and Director, Peak Medical Clinics), Ariel Binder (Doctoral Student, University of Michigan Economics Department), and Jody Greenstone Miller (Co-Founder & CEO, Business Talent Group) on the Thursday, March 7, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

In the Workplace: February 28, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Ethan Bernstein (Edward W. Conard Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School), Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today), and Mark Pauly (Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management , Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania) on the Thursday, February 28, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

In the Workplace: February 21, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Mark Lobosco (Vice President, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn), William Kerr (Professor, Co-Director of Harvard’s Managing the Future of Work initiative, Harvard Business School), and Lydia Frank (Vice President, Content Strategy, PayScale) on the Thursday, February 21, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

In the Workplace: February 7, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Steven Johnson (Author), Langdon Fielding (Veterinarian, Hospital Director, Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center), John Taylor (Manager of Practice Development, RiseSmart), Holly Doremus (Professor of Environmental Regulation; Co-Director of Law of the Sea Institute, University of California Berkeley Law School), and Rae Vann (SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Center for Workplace Compliance) on the Thursday, February 7, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

In the Workplace: January 31, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Jamie Barnett (Chief Marketing Officer, AppZen), Bob Wesselkamper (Global Leader of Rewards and Benefits Solutions, Korn Ferry), and Matt Charney (Executive Editor and Head of Content, Recruiting Daily) on the Thursday, January 31, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

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.Read More

Air Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

In the Workplace: January 24, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Kelly Lombard (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, United States Navy) and Kartikay Mehrotra (Reporter, Bloomberg) on the Thursday, January 24, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

In the Workplace: January 17, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Anna Opoku-Agyeman (Graduating Senior, University of Maryland), Evelyn Smith (Graduate Student, Business and Economics, University of Michigan), Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today), and Rebecca Ray PhD (Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board) on the Thursday, January 17, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

In the Workplace: January 10, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Molly Scott (Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute), Chris Giangrasso (Sr. VP of HR and Communications, Arkema), Lilly Linton (Managing Partner, Leadership Advisory Services), and Nicole Maestas (Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School) on the Thursday, January 10, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019

In the Workplace: December 20, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Mary Ann Sardone (Partner and North America Workforce Rewards Practice Leader, Mercer), Stephen Herzenberg (Executive Director, Keystone Research Center), and Morey Stettner (Reporter, MarketWatch) on the Thursday, December 20, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018

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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 PolicyRead More

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