Doctoral Student

Sarah Elizabeth Wolfolds

Sarah is a doctoral candidate in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School.

Her research examines the strategies of non-profit organizations.  Specifically, using theoretical models that are then tested empirically, her dissertation looks at market and organizational level questions of microfinance institutions.  This industry allows her to compare and contrast non-profit and for-profit firms, thereby getting insight about competing business models.  In addition, regulatory changes, which occurred in some countries but not others, allow an exploration of institutional and dynamic aspects of this context.  Sarah not only considers the competitive and market characteristics but also human resource issues through the differing use of bonus payments for loan officers. 

Sarah is on the job market for positions beginning in the Summer or Fall of 2016.  She will be attending the conferences held by the Academy of Management in Vancouver in August 2015, the Strategic Management Society in Denver in October 2015, and the American Economic Association in San Francisco in January 2016. 

She received a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 2009, while working as an undergraduate intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.  Following graduation, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors looking into financial stability and banking.