Radio Show #177

Peter Cappelli, Professor, The Wharton School, Director, Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, Wharton’s Center for Human Resources

Show Date: May 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT


Peter Cappelli may be the most imaginative HR academic in the country. Which doesn’t mean he makes up his research. Instead, as readers of his popular monthly columns in the magazine know, he is constantly challenging conventional wisdom and coming up with new fact-based conclusions that are often startling and seldom intuitive.

He is a named professor of management at The Wharton School and Director of its Center for Human Resources. His research has given him a long historical memory into a variety of HR subjects, including the seeming 10-year cycle of major magazine articles bashing HR as worthless. Since he’ll be replying to last year’s at its source, the Harvard Business Review, he reviews the history and what HR might do to make them stop on the show.

He also will focus on his latest book coming out in June: Will College Pay Off? A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make. It includes some hard-headed economic analysis and facts surrounding that decision that you’ve never heard described before. Parents of teenagers; do not miss it!


Guest Description: 

Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources.  Also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.  He has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Peter 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 is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. Also the monthly Talent Management columnist for Human Resource Executive®.  He is the host of “In the Workplace” on SiriusXM Channel 111, live on Thursdays  5-7 p.m.

His 2012 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 identifies shortfalls with current hiring practices and training practices and was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and most major business publications.  His new book Will College Pay Off? will be published in June.


Apr 13, 2015
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