John Paul MacDuffie

John Paul MacDuffie, PhD

Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests:Human resource management systems, managing people over distance, organizational learning and collaboration

About John Paul

John Paul MacDuffie is Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. PVMI carries on the work of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), the research network founded at M.I.T. to study the challenges facing the global automotive industry, which Professor MacDuffie co-directed from 2001–2012. He received his BA from Harvard and his PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research examines the diffusion of lean or flexible production as an alternative to mass production; the impact of human resource systems and work organization on economic performance; collaborative problem-solving within and across firms; the relationship between product and organizational architecture; and how disruptive technologies affect tightly integrated industries. He is a founding board member of the Industry Studies Association and a member of the Automotive Experts Group at the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Chief Human Resources Officer Program

This immersive, nine-month experience is designed to prepare HR leaders to reach beyond the traditional scope of human resources — recruitment, compensation, benefits — to tackle broader initiatives that extend across all sectors of the organization. The rigorous curriculum includes interactive online sessions and on-campus electives and offers a path to alumni status for qualified individuals.