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: June 27, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Wendy Brown (Director of Content, Payscale), Sage Singleton (Media Relations Specialist, Business.org), and Katherine Suberlak (VP of Population Health, Oak Street Health) on the Thursday, June 27, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019

In the Workplace: June 6, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Jeff Kreisler (Editor In Chief, PeopleScience), Stan Best (Training Manager, Apprentice School, Newport News Shipbuilding), and Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today) on the Thursday, June 6, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019

In the Workplace: May 30, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Dana Brownlee (Founder & President, Professionalism Matters), Kasper Hulthin (Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer, Peakon), and Paul Harrington (Professor, Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy, Drexel University) on the Thursday, May 30, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, May 30, 2019

In the Workplace: May 23, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Aaron Holt (Labor and Employment Attorney, Holt Law), Liz Fosslien (Head of Content, Author, Humu), and Matt Charney (Executive Editor and Head of Content, Recruiting Daily) on the Thursday, May 23, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019

In the Workplace: May 16, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Devora Zack (CEO, Only Consulting), Mary L Gray (Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Fellow, Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society), and Andy Kerns (Creative Director, Digital Third Coast) on the Thursday, May 16, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

In the Workplace: May 2, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Claire Cain Miller (Correspondent, The New York Times) on the Thursday, May 2, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

In the Workplace: April 25, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Aurora Wold (Chef & Owner, Aurora Grace) on the Thursday, April 25, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

In the Workplace: April 18, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Simon Johnson (Author of Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream, MIT), Carolyn Holliday (Founder & CEO, Warble Inc.), Dan Davenport (President, General Manager, Co-founder, RiseSmart), and Jonathan Gruber (Professor, MIT) on the Thursday, April 18, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

In the Workplace: April 11, 2019

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Jason Fried (Founder and CEO; Author of “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”, Basecamp) on the Thursday, April 11, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Knowledge@Wharton: January 7, 2019

Host Dan Loney is joined by Nathan Furr (Professor of Strategy and Innovation, INSEAD), Stephen Yale-Loehr (Professor of Practice, Cornell Law School), Gad Allon (Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor, Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, Director of the Management and Technology Program, University of Pennsylvania), Jeremy Siegel, Kyle Nel (CEO, Uncommon Partners), Iwan Barankay (Associate Management Professor, The Wharton School), Sarah Paoletti (Practice Professor, Penn Law), and Peter Cappelli (Professor of Management; Director of the Center for Human Resources; Author, The Wharton School) on the Monday, January 7, 2019 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Monday, January 7, 2019

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Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Keith Blanchard (President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis), Steven Shepherd (Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University), and Steve Tucker (CEO, TheCodrs and Digital Cowboy/Software and Marketing Consultant) on the Thursday, July 11, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.

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