Professor Katherine J. Klein, Ph.D. is the Edward H. Bowman Professor of Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also been the Vice Dean of the Wharton Social Impact Initiative since July 2012. She served as Professor of Management of The Wharton School from 2004 to 2005.
Professor Klein was on the faculty of the University of Maryland prior to joining Wharton and was a visiting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has been an Independent Director at United Therapeutics Corporation since November 11, 2014.
An award-winning organizational psychologist, she has conducted extensive field research regarding a range of topics including team leadership, climate, conflict, social networks and effectiveness; organizational change and technology implementation; employee diversity; and employee responses to stock ownership. She has taught executive education, studied, and consulted with a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations including Charles Schwab, Rohm and Haas, North American Scientific, Medtronic, The Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, Penn Vet, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Korean Management Association.
Her research has been published in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review. She is also a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology and Administrative Science Quarterly. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. Her current research interests include race in organizations; leadership succession and social network change; and Rwanda’s reconciliation and reconstruction following the 1994 genocide. Professor Klein received her B.A. from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.