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John R Kimberly

Henry Bower Professor

Professor of Management

Professor of Entrepreneurial Management

Professor of Health Care Management/Sociology

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 to several organizations in the public and private sectors; Scientific Advisor to the 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, Council of Canadian Academies, MacArthur Foundation

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, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, INSEAD

Professional Leadership 2009-2014

Editorial Board, British Journal of Management, 1990-present;  American Journal of Medical Quality, 2005-present; International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 2007-present; Public Health Reviews 2010-present; Behavioral Sience and Policy 2013-present

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership 2009-2014

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


  • Etienne Minvielle, John R Kimberly (2014), A framework for managing care customization, Health Policy, (in press).
  • John R Kimberly (2013), Globalization and the business of health care, European Journal of International Management, 7 (2), 159 - 170.
  • Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, John R Kimberly (2012), The sustainability of new programs and innovations: A review of the empirical literature and recommendations for future research, Implementation Science, 7, 17.
  • Bouchikhi Hamid, John R Kimberly (2012), Making mergers work, Sloan Management Review, 54(1), 63 - 70.
  • John R Kimberly (2011), Preparing leaders in public health for success in a flatter, more distributed and collaborative world, Public Health Reviews, 33 (1), 289 - 299.
  • R. Corredoira, Jon A. Chilingerian, John R Kimberly (2011), Analyzing performance in addiction treatment: An application of Data Envelopment Analysis to the state of Maryland system, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 41 (1), 1 - 13.
  • 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, eds., The Globalization of Managerial Innovation in Health Care (2008).
  • R. Martin, John R Kimberly (2008), Back from the Brink: Managerial Lessons from the Turnaround at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Organizational Dynamics, 37, 97 - 111.  Abstract
  • Anne Marie Knott, R. Corredoira, John R Kimberly (2008), Improving consistency and quality of service delivery: Implications for the addiction treatment field, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35, 95 - 108.
  • John R Kimberly, Joan M. Cook (2008), Organizational measurement and the implementation of innovations in mental health services, Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research , 35, 11 - 20.
  • H. Bouchikhi, John R Kimberly, The Soul of the Corporation. How to Manage the Identity of Your Company (2007).
  • C. Rye, John R Kimberly (2007), The Adoption of Innovations by Provider Organizations in Health Care, Medical Care Research and Review, 64 (3), 235 - 278.  Abstract
  • John R Kimberly (2007), Shifting boundaries: Doing research and having impact in the world of business education, Journal of Management Inquiry, 16, 128 - 154.
  • R. Corredoira, John R Kimberly (2006), Industry Evolution Through Consolidation: Implications for Addiction Treatment, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 31, 255 - 265.  Abstract
  • John R Kimberly, Thomas McClellan (2006), The business of addiction treatment: A research agenda, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 31, 213 - 219.
  • Etienne Minvielle, John R Kimberly (2005), Measuring and managing quality in hospitals: Lessons from a French experiment, International Healthcare Management, 5, 247 - 272.
  • H. Gatignon, John R Kimberly, eds., The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance on Globalization Strategies for Building Successful Global Businesses (2004).
  • Hubert Gatignon, John R Kimberly, eds., The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance on Globalizing: Strategies for Building Successful Global Businesses (2004).
  • Bouchikhi Hamid, John R Kimberly (2002), Built to fail? Escaping the identity trap, Sloan Management Review, 44 (3), 20 - 26.
  • Stephen Walston, John R Kimberly, Lawton Burns (2001), Institutional and environmental influences on the adoption and extensiveness of managerial innovation in hospitals, Medical Care Research and Review, 58 (2), 194 - 228.
  • Bouchikhi Hamid, John R Kimberly (2001), The death of the tenured professor and the rise of the knowledge entrepreneur, Human Relations, 54 (1), 77 - 85.
  • Stephen Walston, Lawton Burns, John R Kimberly (2000), Does reengineering really work? An examination of the context and outcomes of hospital reengineering initiatives, Health Services Research , 34 (6), 1363 - 1388.
  • John R Kimberly, Etienne Minvielle, eds., The Quality Imperative: Measurement and Management of Quality in Healthcare (2000).
  • H. Bouchikhi, John R Kimberly, Entrepreneurs et Gestionnaires: Les Clés du Management Entrepreneurial (1994).
  • John R Kimberly, G. de Pouvourville, The Migration of Managerial Innovation: DRGs and Health Care Administration in Western Europe (1993).

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