CAREER award for his research on labor market intermediation and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship. He has a B.A. in psychology with a minor in computer science from Tufts University (1989) and a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (1999). Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., Autor spent three years directing efforts in San Francisco and South Africa to teach computer skills to economically disadvantaged children and adults.
Beth A. Bechky is assistant professor of management in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. An ethnographer of work and occupations, she studies the work activities of professional, technical, and knowledge workers in order to understand the changing nature of postindustrial work and its theoretical and practical implications for how organizations are managed. Her recent studies have examined how workers in manufacturing use engineering drawings and prototype machines to solve problems, how film crew members learn and coordinate their work in temporary organizations, and how contract workers acquire jobs that stretch their skills in order to advance their careers. Her research is published in leading journals of management and sociology, including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and American Journal of Sociology. She has a B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and an M.A. in sociology and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Stanford University.
Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a German Marshall Fund fellow, and a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a staff member on the secretary of labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency in 1988-1990 and codirector of the National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce of the U.S. Department of Education. At the NRC, he was a member of the Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance—Occupational Analysis and the steering committee of the Workshop on the Impact of the Changing Economy on the Education System. He was recently named by Vault.com as one the 25 most important people working in the area of human capital. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, serves on the advisory boards of several companies, and is the founding editor of the Academy of Management Perspectives. He has a Ph.D. in labor economics from Oxford University, where he was a Fulbright scholar.