James F. Kimpel, D.Sc.
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration


363 Mervis Hall


Jim Kimpel joined the faculty of the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 following a 27-year career in industry.

His industry experience includes work in the fields of marine outfitting; software design and consulting; medical devices; and heavy equipment. Jim held operational positions in production supervision; master scheduling; materials management; and industrial engineering. In an IT capacity, he served as a software engineer; systems analyst; project manager; manager of programming, quality assurance, and architecture; director of IT governance and program management; and director of business service demand management. The majority of Jim’s career was with Philips Respironics, a $1.5 billion global medical device manufacturing concern. Jim ended his industrial career with the Elliot Group, a $1.1 billion designer, manufacturer, and servicer of compressors and turbines for the global oil and gas industry.

Jim’s research interests include enterprise architecture, IT portfolio and program management, IT in global supply chains, product life-cycle management systems implementation, and change management.

Courses Recently Taught

  • BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Systems in Global Supply Chains (Katz)
  • BMIS 2409 Information Systems (Katz)
  • BQOM 2139 Six Sigma Theory and Practice (Katz)
  • BUSBIS 1600 Technology-Enabled Business Transformation (CBA)
  • BUSBIS 1635 IT Systems in Supply Chains (CBA)
  • BUSQOM 1070 Operations Management (CBA)
  • BUSSCM 1780 Six Sigma (CBA)

Awards and Honors

  • Pitt Business Excellence in Teaching Award (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the College of Business Administration class of 2014, University of Pittsburgh
  • Recognized as “Best Teaching in the Supply Chain Management Major” by the College of Business Administration class of 2014, University of Pittsburgh
  • Recipient of the “Academic Excellence Award” from the 2014 doctoral cohort as determined by the faculty of Robert Morris University
  • Inducted into AIM (Alpha Iota Mu – Information Technology Honor Society), International Academy of Information Management (2014)

Recent Publications

Articles and Presentations

  • Measuring the Impact of Culture on Critical Success Factors for Global Information System Implementation (Ann D. Jabro co-author), Journal of Behavior and Applied Management (2020), Volume 20, Issue 1, January 31, 2020, https://doi.org/10.21818/jbam.
  • Measuring the Impact of Culture on Critical Success Factors for Global Information System Implementations, Institute of Behavior and Applied Management Conference (2018)
  • Developing Essential Business and Engineering Skills through Case Competitions, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference (2016)
  • The Impact of Culture on a Global Product Lifecycle Management System Implementation, SAP Academic Conference (2016)
  • How to Utilize Hands-On In-Class Process Flowcharts to Derive ERP Principles, SAP Academic Conference (2016)
  • A Global Product Lifecycle Management Information System Implementation Case Study: A Framework Integrating PLM, Culture, and Critical Success Factors, (Doctor of Science Dissertation). Robert Morris University (2014), http://search.proquest.com/docview/1552484984/abstract?accountid=14709

Center Affiliation

Supply Chain Management

Academic Area

Information Systems and Technology Management

Personal Interests

Jim enjoys spending time with his family. He is actively involved in his local church. In his spare time, Jim takes pleasure in golf and woodworking.