John Paul MacDuffie is Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management. PVMI carries on the work of the International Motor Vehicle Program (IMVP), the research network founded at M.I.T. to study the challenges facing the global automotive industry, which Professor MacDuffie co-directed from 2001–2012. He received his BA from Harvard and his PhD from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
His research examines the diffusion of lean or flexible production as an alternative to mass production; the impact of human resource systems and work organization on economic performance; collaborative problem-solving within and across firms; the relationship between product and organizational architecture; and how disruptive technologies affect tightly integrated industries. He is a founding board member of the Industry Studies Association and a member of the Automotive Experts Group at the Federal Reserve Bank.