Katherine Klein is the vice dean for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII). In this position, Klein shapes WSII’s vision and strategy for social impact partnerships, initiatives, research and faculty engagement at Wharton.
Klein is an organizational psychologist and the Edward H. Bowman professor of management at Wharton. She teaches on leadership, organizational change, social impact and research methods. Her current research focuses on the effects of leadership succession on employee engagement and organizational effectiveness. Her prior research on diversity, team effectiveness, social networks, levels of analysis, technology implementation and employee ownership has appeared in numerous top journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, and the Academy of Management Review.
Klein is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She is a member of the board of directors of United Therapeutics.
Klein received her B.A. in psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in community psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.