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David Bell

David Bell

Title: Xinmei Zhang and Yongge Dai Professor, Professor of Marketing

Company: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Business, Stanford University, 1996
M.S., Statistics, Stanford University, 1996
M. Com., Marketing and International Business, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1989
B. Com., University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1986

Huntsman School Interactions:

Dean's Convocation Speaker - April 4, 2012


Professor Bell is an expert in consumer shopping behavior. Most of his current research focuses on theories and explanations for geographic variation in Internet retail performance. Recent articles explain the effect of physical location on customer acquisition, contagion effects among co-located consumers, and the effect of preference isolation on online demand. Other projects focused on traditional retail settings explore unplanned and impulse buying, and consumer amortization strategies for fixed shopping costs. Previous articles explained consumer store choice among retailers with different pricing strategies, the effect of reference point formation on consumer response to promotions, and the effect of structural factors (e.g., dwelling size) on consumer shopping strategies.

Professor Bell’s research is published in all of the premier academic marketing journals: Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, Marketing Science, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. He has won several teaching and research awards, including the MBA Core Curriculum Award, Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award, MBA for Executives Excellence in Teaching Award, the Frank M. Bass Outstanding Dissertation Award, three John D.C. Little Best Paper Finalist Awards, and two INFORMS Marketing Science Long Term Impact Finalist Awards.

Professor Bell serves as an expert witness in intellectual property matters pertaining to individual choice behavior. Recent representative cases include Sky Technologies LLP v. SAP, Individual Network LLC v. Apple Inc., and Two-Way Media LLC v. America Online, Inc. (all on behalf of the plaintiff; retained by Susman Godfrey LLP). He also advises and invests in Internet retail startups.

Professor Bell teaches Marketing Management in the Wharton MBA and MBA for Executives Programs and Empirical Modeling in PhD program. He also teaches in the Advanced Management Program and custom Wharton Executive Education programs for clients including AXA, Korean Marketing Association, Philips, Rohm and Haas, and Siam Cement Group.

Professor Bell is an Area Editor for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and on the editorial boards of International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing, and Marketing Science. He holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MS in Statistics from Stanford University, an MA (Honorary) from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Com (1st Class Honors) and B.Com from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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