Sarah Wolfolds

Sarah Wolfolds

Assistant Professor

375E Warren Hall

607-255-6497

Vita

Areas of Expertise

  • Competitive Strategy
  • International Business
  • Non-Market Strategy
  • Non-Profit Strategy
  • Organizational Economics

Education

  • Doctorate Harvard Business School, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts Swarthmore College, 2009

Sarah Wolfolds is the Andrew Paul Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Before joining Cornell in 2016, she received her Doctorate in Strategy from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College. Professor Wolfolds has spent time working at both the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors prior to attending graduate school.

Research Focus

Professor Wolfolds' research examines the interaction between for-profit and non-profit organizations in industries where they coexist. While non-profits may want to differentiate themselves when faced with additional non-profit competition, it is unclear whether they would want to differentiate themselves or converge towards for-profit competitors. Her research addresses this issue by considering the different financing models, human resource systems, and objectives of non-profit organizations, as compared to for-profits, in the mixed industry of microfinance.

Professor Wolfolds was awarded a grant by the Strategic Research Foundation to further pursue her dissertation research.

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Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Presentations and Activities

  • The Effect of Synergies and Competition on Organizational Choices in Non-Profits: Evidence from Latin American Microfinance. Wharton Management Seminar. February 2016. Wharton School. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • The Effect of Synergies and Competition on Organizational Choices in Non-Profits: Evidence from Latin American Microfinance. Temple University Fox School of Business. 2016. Temple University. Philadelphia, PA.
  • The Effect of Synergies and Competition on Organizational Choices in Non-Profits: Evidence from Latin American Microfinance. University of Maryland Smith School of Business. 2016. University of Maryland. College Park, MD.
  • The Effect of Synergies and Competition on Organizational Choices in Non-Profits: Evidence from Latin American Microfinance. University of Michigan Ross School of Business. 2016. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Adaption Versus Adoption: Incorporating Deposit-taking into the Non-Profit Business Model in Latin American Microfinance. Association for Public Policy and Management Fall Conference. November 2015. Association for Public Policy and Management. Miami, Florida.
  • Microfinance Firms Response to Regulation: Investigating Strategy as a Moderator. Academy of Management Annual Conference. August 2015. Academy of Management Public (AOM) Public and Nonprofit (PNP). Vancouver BC.
  • Microfinance Firms Response to Regulation: Investigating Strategy as a Moderator. Association of Public Policy and Management Fall Conference. August 2015. Association of Public Policy and Management Fall Conference. Miami, FL.