Wendy Smith earned her PhD in Organisational Behaviour at Harvard Business School, and is currently an associate professor of Organisational Behaviour at the Alfred Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware.
Her research explores how leaders and their organisations address strategic paradoxes - contradictory, yet interrelated demands embedded in an organisation's strategy. She has investigated how organisations manage to achieve social and financial performance, explore new opportunities and exploit existing competencies, or enable short term and long term success. Her current research investigates how social entrepreneurs create conditions to sustain both their social mission and business purpose. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Organization Science. Wendy also serves as an editorial board member for Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and Business Ethics Quarterly.
Wendy teaches leadership, organisational behaviour and business ethics. She has taught MBAs and undergraduates at University of Delaware, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania - Wharton. She was nominated for the MBA Teacher Award at the Lerner Business School each year from 2007-2014 and nominated for the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. She has taught leadership to executives.
Wendy lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.