James F. Kimpel
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 2060 Independent Study in IS (MBA)
  • BMIS 2074 Strategic Information Systems in Global Supply Chains (MBA)
  • BQOM 2139 Six Sigma Theory and Practice (MBA)
  • BUSBIS 1635 IT Systems in Supply Chains (CBA)
  • BUSQOM 1070 Operations Management (CBA)
  • BUSQOM 1720 Operations Management Internship for Credit (CBA)
  • BUSSCM 1780 Six Sigma (CBA)

Awards and Honors

  • 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

Critical Success Factors for Data Warehousing: A Classic Answer to a Modern Problem, Issues in Information Systems, Volume 14, Issue 1 (2013)

Exciting Students Through Innovative Competitions, SAP Academic Conference (2013)

Security, Privacy, and Information Systems in Healthcare, Panel Presentation, CISConverge Conference (2011)

Web Strategies for Supply Chain Excellence, APICS Pittsburgh Chapter Supply Chain Symposium (2003)

eMotion: Keep’n It Cool in a Red-Hot eBusiness World, APICS International Conference & Exhibition Proceedings (2001)

eStrategy: How to Develop a Compelling eBusiness Strategy, ASUG (2000), and APICS International Conference & Exhibition Proceedings (2000)

Insights from Implementing New Technology in a Rapid Growth Company, keynote address, SUN Microsystems Insights Symposium (1996)

Bridging the Design / Manufacturing Information Gap Via Features Technology, APICS International Conference & Exhibition Proceedings (1995)

Fundamentals of Features Technology, AUTOFACT (1994)

A Feature-Based Group Technology Coding System for Sheet Metal Piece Parts, Journal of Engineering Design, Dr. Larry G. Richards co-author (1991)

Center Affiliation

Supply Chain Management

Academic Area

Information Systems and Technology Management

Personal Interests

Jim enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne, and their two boys, Charlie and Stephen. He is actively involved in his local church. In his spare time, Jim takes pleasure in golf and woodworking.