John Kimball Kehoe is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business. He began teaching at the Jones GSM in 2002. Dr. Kehoe directs the Action Learning Program and teaches courses about organization and management in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. In the Action Learning Program all first year MBA students do projects for host companies, applying what they learned to real business problems. Since 2003, Rice MBA students have completed 203 projects for 110 organizations in Houston. In addition, Dr. Kehoe teaches courses in Organization Structure and Systems, Change Management in Organizations, Power and Influence in Organizations, Negotiations and the Management of Service Businesses.
After completing the Doctorate in Business Administration at Harvard Business School in 1975 he spent much of his career in industry. In a ten year period at Eli Lilly & Company he held several professional and management positions, including recruiter for sales positions, human resource manager for the Finance Division, international personnel advisor (responsible for the United Kingdom and northern Europe), a human resource manager for basic research and director for corporate management development. Later he served as the Director for Executive Development for the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System, Houston, Texas. Next, he directed executive education programs, first at Rice University and, later, at Duke University. Afterward he joined the Center for Creative Leadership, where he was director for custom programs. For six years (1996-2002) he consulted with several companies in various industries to reduce their costs by eliminating inefficiencies and improving operations.
The focus of his work for twenty years has been to develop and coach leaders intent on improving the performance of their organizations. The leaders and groups with whom he has worked have achieved significant results: improvements that have reduced costs by more than $20 million a year. In addition he has conducted more than 100 leadership development programs which enable participants to be better leaders. He continues to read and learn more about the skills and motivation that enable people to lead in their organizations. At Rice he teaches a non-credit program on Leadership and Coaching with Professor Brent Smith.
Dr. Kehoe has taught on a part-time basis in the MBA programs at the Indiana University campus in Indianapolis, at Rice and at Duke. Occasionally, he has presented papers at the Academy of Management, the last being a panel in 1999 with Edgar Schein, Peter Senge, Michael Tushman and Jean Bartunek on the work of bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners.As a doctoral student at Harvard Business School he wrote more than a dozen cases which were used in the classroom. He continues to work on the development and the use of case studies in graduation business education.