Ingrid Nembhard

Fishman Family President's Distinguished Associate Professor; Associate Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School

Fishman Family President''s Distinguished Associate Professor at Yale School of Management

Biography

The Wharton School

Research Interests:

Organizational behavior, organizational learning, teamwork and coordination, implementation, quality improvement

About Ingrid:

Ingrid M. Nembhard is the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on how characteristics of healthcare organizations, leaders, and staff affect their ability to engage in organizational learning, implement new practices, and improve healthcare. Professor Nembhard’s research provides insights about two issues primarily — organizational learning in health care, and the work environment for health care professionals. Her work has led to greater understanding of the effects of intra- and inter-organizational relationships, leadership behavior, team learning strategies and project management on quality improvement efforts, patient care experiences, and clinical outcomes. She integrates knowledge of organizational behavior, organizational theory, and health services research, and uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to answer questions in health care management from provider and patient perspectives, and to evaluate organizational performance. Professor Nembhard received her PhD in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University through a joint program between Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received her MS in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health, and her BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics and in Psychology from Yale University.

Yale School of Management

Ingrid M. Nembhard, Ph.D., M.S., is the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Professor, Associate Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at The Wharton School, she was the Ira V. Hiscock Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Yale School of Public Health, Associate Professor at Yale School of Management, Associate Director of the Health Care Management Program at Yale, and Director of the Yale Training Program in Health Services Research.

Professor Nembhard’s research focuses on how characteristics of health care organizations, their leaders, and staff contribute to their ability to implement new practices, engage in continuous organizational learning, and ultimately improve quality of care. She uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine health care delivery from provider and patient perspectives, and to evaluate organizational performance. She is currently studying the implementation of care coordination in primary care groups, including the effects on patients and clinicians, organizational learning from different types of experiences, the use of patient feedback via narratives to drive quality improvement by clinicians and administrators, and the contributors to high performance in challenging work environments. She maintains an interest in studying how health care organizations most effectively learn and implement new clinical and operational practices, teamwork within and across organizations, and strategies for improving the patient experience.

Professor Nembhard received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University through a joint program between Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received her M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health, and her B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics and in Psychology from Yale University.

Current research projects (a sample):

  • the implementation of care coordination in primary care groups, including the effects on patients and clinicians
  • organizational learning from different types of experiences in health care delivery
  • the use of patient feedback via narratives to drive quality improvement by clinicians and administrators
  • the contributors to high performance in challenging work environments

Past research projects (a sample):

  • the influence of leadership, organizational climate and learning strategies on the success of improvement projects conducted in hospital units
  • the antecedents and consequences of organizational learning in the context of quality improvement collaboratives
  • the implementation of evidence-based practices in hospitals
  • the role of staff voice and psychological safety in health care improvement
  • the impact of national quality improvement campaigns on hospital processes and patient outcomes

Research-Related Honors:

  • Runner-Up, Best Paper in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Stream, Industry Studies Association Conference (2018)
  • Best Poster Award, Organizational Behavior and Management, AcademyHealth Meeting (2018)
  • Runner-Up, Best Paper Award, Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management (2018)
  • Best Paper, Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management (2017)
  • Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Meeting (Top 10% of submissions) (2018. 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2010)
  • Finalist, KSG Best Paper Award, Annual Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Conference (G-Forum) (2014)
  • Best Abstract, Science of Quality Improvement, AcademyHealth Meeting (2012)
  • Finalist, ISA-INFORMS Best Industry Studies Paper Award, Industry Studies Association (2011)
  • Runner-Up, Health Care Management Division Best Paper Award, Academy of Management (2011)
  • Most Outstanding Abstracts, Organizational Performance and Measurement, AcademyHealth Meeting (2009)
  • Best Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) Paper Award, Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan (2008)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Dissertation Award, First Prize (2007)
  • Best Paper Based on a Dissertation, Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management (2007)
  • Harvard Business School Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research (2006)

 

Teaching-Related Honors

  • E-MBA Class of 2016 Faculty Teaching Award, Yale School of Management (2016)
  • E-MBA Class of 2014 Faculty Teaching Award, Yale School of Management (2014)
  • Nominee/Finalist, Teacher of the Year, Yale School of Public Health (2013, 2009)
  • Highest Overall Course Ranking, Yale School of Public Health (2012)
  • Teacher of the Year, Yale School of Public Health (2010)

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