Samuel Mortimer

Samuel Mortimer
  • Doctoral Student

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    Jon M. Huntsman Hall Suite 600
    3730 Walnut St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: meaningful work

Links: CV


I study work and organizations. Drawing on research methods from both management and moral philosophy, I explore how people craft meaningful careers and how the fourth industrial revolution is transforming meaningful work.

In 2021, I was awarded the Winkelman Fellowship, Wharton’s highest honorific doctoral fellowship. Before coming to Wharton, I studied philosophy as a graduate research student at Kyoto University and completed a BA in philosophy and theology at the University of Oxford.

My research on meaningful work has been accepted for publication in outlets including the Journal of Business Ethics. It has also been accepted for presentation at several international conferences, including the Academy of Management; American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division and Pacific Division); Society for Business Ethics; Society of Applied Philosophy; Philosophy of Management; Business Ethics in the 6ix; European Academy of Management; and British Academy of Management.

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Awards and Honors

I am the 2021 recipient of a Winkelman Fellowship, Wharton’s highest honorific doctoral award, given annually to the two third year PhD students with the greatest academic job potential across all departments at Wharton.


  • Winkelman Fellowship, 2021
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2020
  • Founders’ Award, Society for Business Ethics, 2020

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