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John R Kimberly

Henry Bower Professor of Entrepreneurial Management

Professor of Management

Professor of Health Care Management/Sociology

Executive Director, Wharton/INSEAD Alliance

Research Interests: health policy, institutional creation, managerial innovation, organizational change, organizational design

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2109 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-7937
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401



PhD, Cornell University, 1970; MS, Cornell University, 1967; BA, Yale University, 1964

Recent Consulting

Organizational consultant, several organizations in the public and private sectors; Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry, and Directorate for Scientific Affairs, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France; Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress; Association of American Medical Colleges, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1982-present (named Henry Bower Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, 1989; Chairperson, Management Department, 1986-89). Previous appointments: Yale University; University of Illinois; Cornell University. Visiting appointments: Ecole Polytechnique, France; University of Paris-Dauphine; Ecole Superieure en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), Paris; Novartis Professor of Healthcare Management, INSEAD

Professional Leadership 2005-2009

Editorial Board, British Journal of Management, 1990-present; Editorial Board, M@n@gement, 1998-2006; American Journal of Medical Quality, 2005-present; International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 2007-present

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership 2005-2009

Board Member, Greentree Community Health Foundation; Board Member, St. Regis Foundation; Board Member OESO Foundation; Board Board Member, Member, Arto Monaco Historical Society


  • John R Kimberly, C. Rye (2009), The Morphology of Innovation. In Rabi S. Bhagat and Richard M. Steers (Eds.), Handbook of Culture, Organization, and Work, Cambridge University Press, pp. 197-218.
  • John R Kimberly, G. de Pouvourville, Thomas D’Aunno, The Globalization of Managerial Innovation in Health Care (2008).
  • John R Kimberly, R. Martin (2008), Back from the Brink: Managerial Lessons from the Turnaround at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Organizational Dynamics  Abstract
  • John R Kimberly, H. Bouchikhi, The Soul of the Corporation. How to Manage the Identity of Your Company (2007).
  • John R Kimberly, C. Rye (2007), The Adoption of Innovations by Provider Organizations in Health Care, Medical Care Research and Review  Abstract
  • John R Kimberly, R. Corredoira (2006), Industrial Evolution Through Consolidation: Implications for Addiction Treatment, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  Abstract
  • H. Gatignon, John R Kimberly, eds., The INSEAD Wharton Alliance on Globalization (2004).

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Knowledge @ Wharton



  • HCMG213 - Health Care Strategy and Management: the Business of Health Care

    This course presents an overview of the business of health and how a variety of health care organizations have gained, sustained, and lost competitive advantage amidst intense competition, widespread regulation, high interdependence, and massive technological, economic, social and political changes. Specifically, we evaluate the challenges facing health care organizations using competitive analysis, identify their past responses, and explore the current strategies they are using to manage these challenges (and emerging ones) more effectively. Students will develop generalized skills in competitive analysis and the ability to apply those skills in the specialized analysis of opportunities in producer (e.g. biopharmaceutical, medical product, information technology), purchaser (e.g. insurance), and provider (e.g. hospitals, nursing homes, physician) organizations and industry sectors. The course is organized around a number of readings, cases, presentations, and a required project.

  • MGMT246 - Social Innovation and Social Enterprise

    This course introduces you to the world of social enterprise, a world that is becoming increasingly important as society experiments with a variety of business and organizational models designed to provide products and services with a strong social impact mission behind them and as you and others search for ways to develop careers that have greater personal and social meaning. The organizations we will examine may be nominally "for-profit", "not-for-profit" or NGOs, but what they share is commitment both to a social impact mission and to a set of disciplined, sophisticated financial and management practices. They are led by individuals who themselves are both committed to the mission of the enterprise and who recognize the importance of demonstrably effective business models. And in the mix is the role of innovation, of developing new approaches, new models, and/or new technologies in service of better realizing the social mission.