Thomas S. Robertson

Last updated
Thomas S. Robertson
Alma mater Wayne State University
Northwestern University
Occupationprofessor, academic administrator
Known forFormer dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Thomas S. Robertson is a Scottish-born American academic. He is the Joshua J. Harris Professor, Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the dean from 2007 to 2014.

Joshua Harris is a billionaire American private equity investor who co-founded Apollo Global Management, one of the world's largest alternative investment firms. Harris is the principal owner of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League and the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association, and owns an 18% stake in Crystal Palace of the English Premier League.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton, the Wharton School is the world's oldest collegiate school of business. Furthermore, Wharton is the business school that has produced the highest number of billionaires in the US.


Early life

Thomas S. Robertson was born in Scotland. [1] He graduated from the Wayne State University, earned a master of arts degree in sociology and a PhD from its Kellogg School of Management. [1] [2]

Wayne State University American public research university located in Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University (WSU) is an American public research university located in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering nearly 350 programs to more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Wayne State University is Michigan's third-largest university.

Kellogg School of Management business school

The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is the business school of Northwestern University. Its main campus is in Evanston, Illinois, with additional campuses in downtown Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida. Kellogg offers MBA, MSM, and PhD programs, along with dual-MBA/JD, dual-MBA/MDI, and MMM programs. Kellogg partners with schools in China, France, Singapore, India, Spain, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Canada, and Thailand.


Robertson was an assistant professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management from 1966 to 1968 and at the Harvard Business School from 1968 to 1971. [1] He joined the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a tenured associate professor in 1971, and he was promoted to full professor in 1976. [1] He was the Pomerantz Professor from 1987 to 1994. [1] He has published research in academic journals like the MIT Sloan Management Review , the Journal of Marketing and the International Journal of Research in Marketing . [1]

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is the graduate business school at the University of California, Los Angeles, one of eleven professional schools. The school offers MBA, PGPX, Financial Engineering and Ph.D. degrees. The school is consistently ranked among the top tier business school programs in the country, based on rankings published by US News & World Report, Businessweek and other leading publications.

Harvard Business School business school in Boston, Massachusetts

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, HBS Online and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies and the monthly Harvard Business Review. It is home to the Baker Library/Bloomberg Center.

<i>MIT Sloan Management Review</i> journal

MIT Sloan Management Review is a research-based magazine and digital platform for business executives published at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The print edition of the MIT Sloan Management Review is published quarterly; the digital edition is updated daily. It is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Robertson was the deputy dean of the London Business School from 1994 to 1998. [1] He was the dean of Emory University's Goizueta Business School from 1998 to 2004. [1] He returned to Wharton in 2007, where he served as the dean until 2014, [1] and he was succeeded by Geoffrey Garrett. As dean, Robertson earned $771,956 in 2014. [3]

London Business School business school

London Business School (LBS) is a business school and a constituent college of the federal University of London. LBS was founded in 1964 and awards post-graduate degrees. LBS is widely considered to be one of the world's best business schools and its motto is "To have a profound impact on the way the world does business".

Emory University private research university in Druid Hills, Georgia, United States

Emory University is a private research university in Atlanta, in the U.S. state of Georgia. The university was founded as Emory College in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia, by the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory. In 1915, Emory College moved to its present location in Druid Hills and was rechartered as Emory University. Emory maintained a presence in Oxford that eventually became Oxford College, a residential liberal arts college for the first two years of the Emory baccalaureate degree. The university is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia and among the fifty oldest private universities in the United States.

Goizueta Business School

Emory University's Goizueta Business School is the private business school of Emory University located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is named after Roberto C. Goizueta, former president of The Coca-Cola Company.

Since July 2014, Robertson has been the Joshua J. Harris Professor of Marketing at Wharton. [1] He is also the executive director of the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance. [1]

INSEAD business school

INSEAD is a graduate business school with campuses in Europe, Asia (Singapore), and the Middle East. The name "INSEAD" originated as an acronym of Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires.

Robertson serves on the board of directors of The Carlyle Group. [2]

The Carlyle Group is an American multinational private equity, alternative asset management and financial services corporation. It specializes in corporate private equity, real assets, global credit, and investments. In 2015, Carlyle was the world's largest private equity firm by capital raised over the last five years, according to the PEI 300 index.

Related Research Articles

Thomas P. Gerrity is the former dean and Joseph J. Aresty Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Wharton, he was the Chairman and CEO of the Index Group.

Stanley J. Shapiro is Professor Emeritus of Marketing at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. He has served as dean of McGill University's School of Management (1973–1979) and dean of Business Administration (1987–1997) for Simon Fraser University. Shapiro published many books in areas ranging from marketing history to the financial dimensions of marketing management. Prior to joining Simon Fraser University, Dr. Shapiro was a Professor of Marketing (1967–1980), and he had earlier taught at the Wharton School for three years before entering industry. Dr. Shapiro has also been a Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Bentley College and Royal Roads University. After retirement, he taught one of the first entirely “online” MBA I level marketing courses.

Dipak Chand Jain is Co-President and Global Advisor of China Europe International Business School. He previously was the Director (Dean) of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The announcement of his appointment as Director of Sasin was made on June 7, 2014. He stepped down in 2017.

Janice R. Bellace is a Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies & Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business. She has held the Samuel Blank Chair in Legal Studies since 1996. She is the author of numerous academic books, chapters, articles and papers; her research interests are in the field of labor and employment law, particularly international labor law.

<i>We Are Smarter Than Me</i> book by Barry Libert

We Are Smarter Than Me is a collaborative-writing project using wiki software, whose initial goal was producing a book about decision making processes that use large numbers of people. The first book was published as a printed book, late in 2007, by the publishing conglomerate Pearson Education. Along with Pearson, the project's four core sponsors include research institutes of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

John Quelch American academic

John Anthony Quelch CBE was appointed in 2017 as Vice Provost for Executive Education and Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami. He is also the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard Business School and Dean Emeritus at the China Europe International Business School, Shanghai.

David Schmittlein American academic

David C. Schmittlein is the John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was appointed dean on August 27, 2007.

C. Jackson Grayson American businessman

C. Jackson "Jack" Grayson, Jr. was the chairman of APQC, dean of two business schools, head of the U.S. Price Commission (1971), a farmer, newspaper reporter and FBI agent. In 1977 he founded APQC as a private sector, non-profit organization.

Teck-Hua Ho economist

Teck-Hua Ho is a Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also the senior deputy president and provost at NUS. Prior to joining NUS, he was the William Halford Jr. Family Professor of Marketing at the Haas School of Business. He is also the executive chairman of AI Singapore, a national research and development programme, and chairman of the Singapore Data Science Consortium.

Matin Ahmed Khan was a Pakistani academic, marketing expert and management educator. He served as Dean and Director of the Institute of Business Administration from 1972 to 1977 and contributed greatly to the development of academic standards throughout the country.

Franklin Allen, is a British economist and academic. Since 2014, he has been Professor of Finance and Economics, and Executive Director of the Brevan Howard Centre at Imperial College London. He was the Nippon Life Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is most active in the research areas of financial innovations, asset price bubbles, the comparison of financial systems, and financial crises.

David Anthony Thomas is the 12th president of Morehouse College in United States since 2018. In 2016 and 2017, he was the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School.

David C. Robertson is an American computer scientist, organizational theorist, Professor of Practice at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and management consultant, known for his contributions in the fields of IT management and Enterprise architecture.

Jerry (Yoram) Wind American academic

Jerry (Yoram) Wind is The Lauder Professor and Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and is the founding director of the Wharton "think tank,” The SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management. He is internationally known for pioneering research on organizational buying behavior, market segmentation, conjoint analysis, and marketing strategy. He consults with major firms around the world, provides expert testimony in many intellectual property and antitrust cases, and has lectured in over 50 universities worldwide.

Madhav V. Rajan is an American professor and academic administrator. He is the dean of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Geoffrey Garrett is an Australian political scientist and academic administrator. He was a professor of political science at Stanford University, Yale University, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Sydney. He was also the dean of the University of Sydney Business School and the UNSW Business School. He is the dean of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

William Frederic (Bill) Boulding is an American economist, professor and academic administrator. He is the dean of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Peter Zemsky is an American-French academic. He is the dean of executive education and Eli Lilly chaired professor of strategy and innovation at INSEAD.


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 "Thomas S. Robertson". Marketing Department. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Board of Directors". The Carlyle Group. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  3. Byrne, John A. (May 18, 2016). "HBS Dean Nohria Paid Less Than Wharton Dean". Poets & Quants. Retrieved March 27, 2018.