John Jong-Hyun Kim

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

John J-H Kim is a Senior Lecturer in the General Management unit of the Harvard Business School. Mr. Kim created and teaches the second-year course Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovations in Education, which explores ways in which entrepreneurs are pursuing the use of technology to transform education and achieve higher performance. He also co-teaches the Social Innovation Lab, a project-based course providing student teams an opportunity to build a social enterprise with the discipline of business tools and entrepreneurial techniques.  Previously, he taught Entrepreneurship and Education Reform.

Mr. Kim also serves as the Co-Chair of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a joint project of HBS and Harvard Graduate School of Education. PELP was founded in 2004 to work with some of the largest urban districts in the U.S. to improve the management and leadership competencies and practices of public education leaders.  Additionally, Mr. Kim teaches in several executive education programs including Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PMNO) and Governing for Non-Profit Excellence (GNE).

Mr. Kim is the founder and CEO of The District Management Council (DMC), an organization that helps school districts achieve higher performance by improving their management practices. He is the founding editor of The District Management Journal, a publication which provides actionable insights related to leading and managing public school districts. Previously, Mr. Kim founded and led several firms in the education sector including a school management company that served more than 20,000 students in ten states. Additionally, he served as an Executive Vice President of Rakuten, Inc (JASDAQ: 4755), a global Internet services company, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Kim currently serves on several non-profit and corporate boards including the National Governing Board of BELL, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.

Mr. Kim received an A.B. with Honors from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.