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: November 8, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Brittany Bond (PhD Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management), Benjamin Waber (CEO and Co-Founder, Humanyze), and Carolyn Connolly Liot (Clinical Director, The Dunes East Hampton) on the Thursday, November 8, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

In the Workplace: November 1, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Saru Jayaraman (Co-Founder & President; Director, Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, Restaurant Opportunities Center United), Alex Rosenblat (Technology Ethnographer, Researcher, Author, Data & Society Research Institute), and David Deming (Professor, Harvard University) on the Thursday, November 1, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

In the Workplace: October 11, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by David Deming (Professor, Harvard University) on the Thursday, October 11, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

In the Workplace: October 4, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Ann Gugle (Principal, Alpha Financial Advisors, LLC) on the Thursday, October 4, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

In the Workplace: September 27, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Julie Bort (Chief Tech Correspondent, Business Insider), Claire McTaggart (CEO, Founder, SquarePeg), and Daniel Shapero (Vice President Talent Solutions, Careers, & Learning, LinkedIn) on the Thursday, September 27, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

In the Workplace: September 20, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Debbie Bolla (Editorial Director & Editor-in-Chief, HRO Today), Neel Bhatia (Founder and President, Scala Talent), and Erik Lorig (Wharton MBA Student; Former NFL Player; Middle Market Private Equity Analyst Intern, The Wharton School) on the Thursday, September 20, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

In the Workplace: September 6, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Elaine Orler (CEO and Founder, Talent Function), Morey Stettner (Reporter, MarketWatch), and Jessie Eisinger (Senior Reporter; Author of “The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives”, ProPublica) on the Thursday, September 6, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

In the Workplace: August 30, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Kerwin Charles (Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Professor, Harris School, University of Chicago), Rebecca Ray PhD (Executive Vice President of the Knowledge Organization, The Conference Board), and Matt Charney (Executive Editor and Head of Content, Recruiting Daily) on the Thursday, August 30, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018

In the Workplace: August 23, 2018

Hosts Peter Cappelli and Dan O’Meara are joined by Anthony Klotz (Associate Professor of Management, Oregon State University), Stacey Epstein (CEO, Zinc), and Lydia Frank (Vice President, Content Strategy, PayScale) on the Thursday, August 23, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018

In the Workplace: August 9, 2018

Hosts Greg Shea and Peter Cappelli are joined by Mamta Malhotra (Vice President, Talent Management for Mphasis Direct, Mphasis), David Autor (Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)), and Matt Sigelman (CEO, Burning Glass Technologies) on the Thursday, August 9, 2018 edition of In the Workplace.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018

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