Wharton Political Risk Lab

At a time of unprecedented political change, companies are struggling to manage political risk. The Wharton Political Risk Lab is undertaking a program of activity that explores the relationship between political risk, corporate performance, and political risk management. Our mission is to help organizations translate political uncertainty and transformation into strategies that create, preserve and realize value.

2020 EY-Wharton Survey Report “Geostrategy in Practice” and related video (full length and short form)

2019 EY-Wharton White Paper Surveying 20+ Years of Academic Literature on Political Risk Management

At the frontier of big data and conflict analysis, The Business & Conflict Barometer dramatically lowers the barriers for interested parties to explore and gain an understanding of the dynamics of the private sector, conflict, and peaceful development in Africa at the granular level of companies, locations, sectors, or contexts: for research; for policy, project, or investment planning; for due diligence; and for monitoring and evaluation.

Witold Henisz and James McGlinch (2019), ESG, Material Credit Events, and Credit RiskJournal of Applied Corporate Finance.

Witold HeniszBusiness, Inclusive Stakeholder Relations and Conflict.

Gold Mine Studies

International Organizations

Events

Slides and video from US-China Series Virtual Conference Panel on Integrating Political Risk into Corporate Strategy with Carolyn Brehm, Mary Cline, Witold Henisz and Kyle Lawless

National Association for Business Economists (Virtual) Panel on “Using Algos to Predict Political Instability”

Political Risk Lab Blog

How to manage political risk in a post-pandemic world by Mary Cline, Jon Shames, and Courtney Rickert McCaffrey

Tips for Corporate Diplomacy in China

Witold Henisz, Dhruv Malhotra, Robin Nuttal, A new measure to assess companies’ external engagement in London School of Economics Blog.

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Contributing Scholars:

Witold Henisz, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner, is the faculty member responsible for leading the Political Risk Lab.

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Witold Henisz

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management

Research Areas: Political and social risk identification and management

Samantha Darnell

Samantha Darnell

Doctoral Student, Management Department

Research Areas: Non-market strategy, corporate political activity, social movements

Scholar (14)

Emilie Feldman

Associate Professor of Management

Research Areas: Corporate strategy, diversification, mergers & acquisitions

Marco Giometti

Marco Giometti

PhD Candidate, Finance department

Research Areas: Banking, Empirical Corporate Finance, Financial Regulation, Political Economics

Exequiel (Zeke) Hernandez

Exequiel (Zeke) Hernandez

Max and Bernice Garchik Family Presidential Associate Professor

Research Areas: Immigration, global networks, firm internationalization, innovation

Anne Spencer Jamison2

Anne Jamison

Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University and the University of Stellenbosch

Research Areas: International political economy and political risk management

Mary-Hunter McDonnell2

Mary-Hunter McDonnell

Associate Professor of Management

Research Areas: Organizational theory (political sociology, institutional theory); nonmarket strategy; corporate governance

Rachel Pacheco

Rachel Pacheo

Doctoral Student, Management Department

Research Areas: Organizational and team dynamics’ impact on the success of companies

Dominik Supera

Dominik Supera

PhD Candidate, Finance

Research Areas: Linkages between macroeconomics and finance

Contact

Witold Henisz, Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, is the faculty member responsible for leading the Political Risk Lab. Please contact him at henisz@wharton.upenn.edu.