Bringing crisis management ideas to the oldest US business school

Lincoln Wylie

Erika James understood that her efficiency as a leader would be scrutinised when she was appointed dean of the Wharton School in February. She is the very first female head of oldest business enterprise college in the US, founded at the University of Pennsylvania in 1881. She is also its very first African-American dean.

By the time she took up the post in July, nonetheless, the business enterprise education planet faced two new troubles — the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and a concentrate on racial justice following the Black Life Issue protests.

When we converse more than online video shortly after her official start out at Wharton, Ms James is very upbeat. “Actually, it has felt — and I do not want this to be misinterpreted — invigorating,” she says about her very first couple of times in the task.

As she points out, she’s perfectly ready for

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