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: October 3, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Jagdish Khubchandani (Associate Chair and Professor of Health Science, Ball State University), Irwin Kirsch (Director of the Center for Global Assessment, Educational Testing Service), Meg Lovejoy (Research Program Director, Workplace and Well-Being Initiative, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies), and Pamela Stone (Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York) on the Thursday, October 3, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

In the Workplace: September 26, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Ron Capps (Driver, Napa Auto Parts NHRA Nitro Funny Car), Martin Brooker (Executive Vice President of Sales, Condeco Software), and Josh Kahn (Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy, National Association of Colleges and Employers) on the Thursday, September 26, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

In the Workplace: September 19, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Robin Erickson (Principal Researcher, The Conference Board), Emily Guendelsberger (Reporter and Author of ON THE CLOCK: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane, N/A), and Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today) on the Thursday, September 19, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

In the Workplace: September 12, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Christina Boyle (Chief Client Officer, Freddie Mac’s Single Family Business) and Matthew Hoffman (President, Tellus Products, LLC) on the Thursday, September 12, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

In the Workplace: September 5, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Julia Shaw (Co-Founder, Spot), Rob Csernyik (Freelance Writer), and Rae Vann (SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Center for Workplace Compliance) on the Thursday, September 5, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019

In the Workplace: August 29, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Rob Csernyik (Freelance Writer) on the Thursday, August 29, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 29, 2019

In the Workplace: August 22, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Veena Ramaswamy (VP of Strategy & Corporate Development, CommonBond), Tara Fung (VP of Enterprise, CommonBond for Business), Nathan Christensen (CEO, Mammoth HR), and Liz Washko (Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins) on the Thursday, August 22, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019

In the Workplace: August 15, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by James Petros (Founder/Chief Medical Officer, Allied Pain & Spine Institute/Karuna) and Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today) on the Thursday, August 15, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019

In the Workplace: August 8, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli 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, August 8, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019

In the Workplace: August 1, 2019

Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Steven Greenhouse (Former New York Times Labor and Workplace Reporter, Author of Beaten Down, Worked Up, N/A), Oscar Trimboli (Author of Deep Listening & Breakthroughs, Professional Speaker, Mentor, N/A), and Emily Guendelsberger (Reporter and Author of ON THE CLOCK: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane, N/A) on the Thursday, August 1, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Hosts Dan O’Meara and Peter Cappelli are joined by Erin Wade (Founder and CEO, Homeroom) and Julia Ticona (Assistant Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania) on the Thursday, October 17, 2019 edition of In the Workplace.

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