John R Kimberly

John R Kimberly
  • Henry Bower Professor
  • Professor of Management
  • Professor of Health Care Management/Sociology & Entrepreneurial Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2109 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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

Links: CV

Overview

Education

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 2012-2017

Editorial Board, British Journal of Management, 1990-present
American Journal of Medical Quality, 2005-present
Public Health Reviews 2010-present
Behavioral Science and Policy 2013-present

Corporate and Public Sector Leadership 2012-2017

Board Member, Treatment Research Institute
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

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Research

  • A. Flitter, G. Crawford, N. Stevens, D. Ziedonis, F. Leone, D. Mandell, John R Kimberly, R. Schnoll (Working), Working with Community Mental Health Clinics to Test Clinician Training Programs for Treating Nicotine Dependence among Smokers with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

  • Hamid Bouchikhi and John R Kimberly (2017), Paradigmatic warfare: The struggle for the soul of economics at the University of Notre Dame, Industrial and Corporate Change, 26 (6), pp. 1109-1124.

    Abstract: Between 2003 and 2010, the College of Arts and Letters of the University of Notre Dame had two rival economics departments, one that was resolutely mainstream and the other that was just as resolutely heterodox. This unusual organizational arrangement was an effort to accommodate a paradigmatic conflict about the kind of economic scholarship needed to lift the university in national rankings while, at the same time, maintaining its Catholic identity, a conflict that unfolded over three decades and that resulted, ultimately, in the closure of the heterodox department in July 2010 and a full embrace of mainstream economics. This article traces the history of this conflict and documents the kind of organizational, political, and personal issues that together influenced this extended, intense, and highly divisive case of paradigmatic warfare. Our analysis shows how the goal of becoming a major research university and the use of rankings to measure the performance of academic departments created contested terrain, where existing interests and commitments struggled to maintain legitimacy in the face of the emergence of new strategic priorities and set off a variety of conflicting moves and counter moves that engaged identity and power and that required forceful leadership to resolve.

  • Hamid Bouchikhi and John R Kimberly (Working), Transgressive Leadership and the Common Good.

  • John R Kimberly and Hamid Bouchikhi (Working), The University in a World of Academic Free Agents: Bundling, Branding and Broadcasting.

  • Etienne Minvielle, John R Kimberly, Imran Cronk (Working), Transforming Health Care Delivery: Changing Managerial Demands Generate New Behavioral Requirements.

  • John R Kimberly and Bouchikhi Hamid (2016), Disruption on steroids: Sea change in higher education in general and business education in particular, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 23 (1), pp. 5-12.

  • John R Kimberly and Imran Cronk (2016), Making value a priority: How this paradigm shift is changing the landscape in health care, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1381, pp. 162-167.

  • Etienne Minvielle and John R Kimberly (2014), A framework for managing care customization, Health Policy, 117 (2), pp. 216-227.

  • John R Kimberly (2013), Globalization and the business of health care, European Journal of International Management, 7 (2), pp. 159-170.

  • Shannon Wiltsey Stirman and 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, p. 17.

Teaching

Current Courses

  • MGMT932 - Proseminar In Management

    Innovation is currently a hot topic. The popular stereotype holds that firms that are not innovating, or that are not at least saying that they are innovating, are backward at best and at risk of extinction at worst. Behind the hype ismore than half a century of theory and research on organizational and managerial innovation, and the seminar will focus on this domain. A useful overview of the domain is available in Fariborz Damanpour "Organizational Innovation" in Oxford Rsearch Encyclopedia on Business and Management Oxford University Press 2018. ,We will examine a number of theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the phenomenon that have emerged during this period and identify key questions explored, principal contributions to the literature, and remaining questions and areas for future research. At the same time, we will embard on a journey in the sociology of knowledge, to encourange you to understand how the evolution of these approaches is linked to changes in the larger world. ,The seminar is also designed to allow you to pursue an angle on the subject matter that is of particular interest to you, and the deliverables are intended to allow you to investigate a topic that you wish to explore in some depth. Both will be discussed at the beginning of the course and will be fleshed out in subsequent discussions together.

    MGMT932002 ( Syllabus )

Past Courses

  • 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.

  • HCMG841 - Health Services System

    This course provides an overview of the evolution, structure and current issues in the health care system. It examines the unique features of health care as a product, and the changing relationships between patients, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, communities, and government. The course examines three broad segments of the health care industry: payors, providers and suppliers. Within the payor segment, the course examines the sources and destinations of spending, managed care (HMOs, PPOs),employer based health insurance, technology assessment, payor strategy, and efforts to pay for the elderly, the poor & the medically indigent. Within the provider segment, the course examines the impact of cost containment and competition on hospitals and integrated delivery systems, long term care and disease management, and the important role of epidemiology in assessing population health needs and risks. Within the supplier segment, the course will examine developments in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices, genomics and IT industries. NOTE: This is a required course for Wharton Graduate Health Care Management majors; it counts as an elective course for all other Wharton Graduate students. It is also open to Law School and Nursing School students with a joint Wharton Program.

  • HCMG900 - Proseminar in Health Economics

    900-001 Proseminar in Health Econometrics: This course will cover empirical methods used in economics research with an emphasis on applications in health care and public economics. The methods covered include linear regression, matching, panel data models, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, bunching,qualitative and limited dependent variable models, count data, quantile regressions, and duration models. The discussion will be a mix of theory and application, with emphasis on the latter. The readings consist of a blend of classic and recent methodological and empirical papers in economics . Course requirements include several problem sets, paper presentations, an econometric analysis project and a final exam. The course is open to doctoral students from departments other than Health Care Management with permission from the instructor. ,900-002 Proseminar in Health Economics: Models and Methods: This course is intended to provide entering doctoral students with information on the variety of health economics models, methods, topics, and publication outlets valued and used by faculty in the HCMG doctoral program and outside of it. The course has two main parts: the first, to acquaint students with theoretical modeling tools used frequently by health economists. This part of the course involves a number of lectures coupled with students presentations of class projects in a workshop environment. The second part of the course will offer presentations from the health economics, management and operations research community at Penn on a research method or strategy they have found helpful and they think is important for all doctoral students to know.

  • HCMG902 - Special Topics in Health Economics: The Industrial Organization of Health Care

    This advanced PhD seminar will explore topics in the industrial organization of health care and structural econometric approaches in health economics. The focus in this course is the development of advanced econometric tools. The (tentative) topics covered include health insurance and hospital demand estimation, the analysis of hospital competition, insurer competition, quality competition, technology adoption, models of entry and exit and dynamic oligopoly games. The readings will focus on recent advances in economics. Students are required to present recent research from the field and write an empirical research paper that broadly based on the topics covered in the course. With the permission of the instructor, the seminar is open to doctoral students from departments other than Health Care Management.

  • MGMT238 - Organizational Behavior

    Management 238 is an organizational behavior course, examining individual, interpersonal, and group effectiveness at work. Topics range from decision- making, motivation, and personality to networks, influence, helping, leadership, teamwork, and organizational culture. The learning method is heavily experiential, with a focus on applying key principles to the human side of management in role-play exercises, simulations, a mini-TED talk, and group projects in local organizations. This course requires the instructor's permission. Registration is by application only; Penn InTouch requests will not be processed. The link to the application form will be available on the Management Department's website: https://mgmt.wharton.upenn.edu/programs/undergraduate, beginning March 12, 2018. The deadline for applications is March 16, 2018 at 5 PM. Students will be notified after March 30, 2018 regarding the status of their application.

  • MGMT802 - Change, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    Designed for students with a serious interest in entrepreneurship, this course will provide you with an advanced theoretical foundation and a set of practicaltools for the management of startups and entrepreneurial teams in fast-changing and innovative environments. Building on the skills of MGMT 801, every class session is built around an experience where you have to put learning into practice, including the award-winning Looking Glass entrepreneurial simulation, role-playing exercises, and a variety of other games and simulations. The goal is to constantly challenge you to deal with entrepreneurial or innovative experiences, as you learn to navigate complex and changing environments on the fly, applying what you learned to a variety of scenarios. MGMT 802 is built to be challenging and will require a desire to deal with ambiguous and shifting circumstances. ,Format: Lectures, discussion, interim reports, class participation, readings report, and presentations, and an innovation assessment in PowerPoint format.

  • MGMT932 - Proseminar in Management

    Innovation is currently a hot topic. The popular stereotype holds that firms that are not innovating, or that are not at least saying that they are innovating, are backward at best and at risk of extinction at worst. Behind the hype ismore than half a century of theory and research on organizational and managerial innovation, and the seminar will focus on this domain. A useful overview of the domain is available in Fariborz Damanpour "Organizational Innovation" in Oxford Rsearch Encyclopedia on Business and Management Oxford University Press 2018. ,We will examine a number of theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the phenomenon that have emerged during this period and identify key questions explored, principal contributions to the literature, and remaining questions and areas for future research. At the same time, we will embard on a journey in the sociology of knowledge, to encourange you to understand how the evolution of these approaches is linked to changes in the larger world. ,The seminar is also designed to allow you to pursue an angle on the subject matter that is of particular interest to you, and the deliverables are intended to allow you to investigate a topic that you wish to explore in some depth. Both will be discussed at the beginning of the course and will be fleshed out in subsequent discussions together.

  • MGMT933 - Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Research in Management

    This course, is required of all first-year doctoral students in Management and open to other Penn students with permission, provides an introduction to the psychological and sociological roots of management theory and research. The course is predicated on the belief that to be effective as a contemporary management scholar one needs a background in "the classics." Therefore, we will be reading classics from the fields of psychology and sociology in their original form during this semester.

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