Christian Terwiesch

Christian Terwiesch
  • Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School
  • Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
  • Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Mack Institute of Innovation Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3730 Walnut Street
    573 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: healthcare operations, innovation management, lean operations, new service delivery models

Links: CV, Personal Website, Coursera - Operations Management, Healthcare Operations Online, Mastering Innovation

Overview

Christian Terwiesch is the Andrew M. Heller Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in Wharton’s Operations, Information and Decisions department, co-director of Penn’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, and also holds a faculty appointment In Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. His research on Operations Management and on Innovation Management appears in many of the leading academic journals ranging from Management Science to The New England Journal of Medicine. He is an award winning teacher with extensive experience in MBA teaching and executive education.

Professor Terwiesch is the co-author of Matching Supply with Demand, a widely used text-book in Operations Management that is now in its third edition. Based on this book, Professor Terwiesch has launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in business on Coursera. By now, well over 250,000 students enrolled in the course.

His latest book, Innovation Tournaments, was published by Harvard Business School Press. The novel, process-based approach to innovation outlined in the book was featured by BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, and the Sloan Management Review and has lead to innovation tournaments in organizations around the world.

Professor Terwiesch has researched with and consulted for various organizations. From small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, he has helped companies become more innovative, often by implementing innovation tournament events and by helping to restructure their innovation portfolio.

Most of his current work relates to healthcare and innovation management. In the healthcare space, some of Professor Terwiesch recent projects include the design of patient centered care processes in the VA hospital system, the impact of emergency room crowding on hospital revenues and the patient experience at Penn Medicine, and the usage of patient portals and remote patient monitoring.

In addition to his teaching and his research, Professor Terwiesch is experimenting with a new career as a host of a national radio show on Sirius XM 132. Also, after 20 years of Ironman racing, he is trying to become a competitive rower, a transition that unfortunately turns out to be harder than expected.

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Research

  • Antonio Moreno-Garcia and Christian Terwiesch (Forthcoming), Product Line Decisions as a Hedge Against Uncertainty: An Empirical Analysis in the US Automotive Industry.

  • Lesley Meng, Bob Batt, Christian Terwiesch (Working), The Impact of Facility Layout on Worker Behavior: An Empirical Study of Nurses in the Emergency Department.

    Abstract: We study the impact of service facility layout on how service workers organize their tasks. We focus on the hospital emergency department (ED) as a service setting where nurses (servers) have discretion over how they interact with their patients (customers) in a facility that introduces significant heterogeneity in necessary walking distance. We utilize a unique dataset consisting of infrared nurse location tracking data, patient EMR data, bedside call data, and the architectural floor plan, to show that nurses reduce their total walking distance by decreasing the frequency of visits to patient rooms far away. We show that this behavior is consistent with batching their tasks rather than a reduction of tasks. While this behavior reduces necessary nurse walking, it comes at the expense of poorer care quality. We find that patients in rooms farthest away press the nurse call button more frequently, an action that is linked with poor patient satisfaction. These findings show that even in services, facility layout can lead to servers with discretion over task timing using that discretion in ways that help the server but that lead to reduced customer quality.

  • Robert Batt and Christian Terwiesch (Forthcoming), The Behavior of Doctors Under Load: An Empirical Analysis of Emergency Care.

  • Antonio Moreno-Garcia and Christian Terwiesch (2015), Pricing and Production Flexibility: An Empirical Analysis of the US Automotive Industry, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), Vol. 17 (Iss. 4), pp. 428-444.

  • Mary Pelak, Amy Pettit, Christian Terwiesch, Jennifer Gutierrez (2015), Rethinking Primary Care Visits: How Much Can Be Eliminated, Delegated, or Performed Outside of the Face-to-Face Visit?, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Vol. 21, pp. 591-596.

  • Robert Batt and Christian Terwiesch (2015), Transparency in Waiting Lines: An Empirical Study of Patient Abandonment Behavior in the Emergency Department, Management Science, Vol. 61 (No. 1), pp. 39-59.

  • Jennifer Gutierrez, Christian Terwiesch, Mary Pelak, Amy Pettit, Steven C. Marcus (2015), Characterizing Primary Care Visit Activities at Veterans Health Administration Clinics, Journal of Healthcare Management.

  • Rachel M. Werner, Anne Canamucio, Steven C. Marcus, Christian Terwiesch (2014), Primary Care Access and Emergency Room Use Among Older Veterans, Journal of General Internal Medicine.

  • Antonio Moreno-Garcia and Christian Terwiesch (2014), An Empirical Analysis of Reputation in Online Service Market Places, Information Systems Research, Vol. 25 (No. 4), pp. 865-886.

  • David A. Asch, Christian Terwiesch, Kevin Mahoney, Roy Rosin (2014), Insourcing Health Care Innovation, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 370 (No. 19), pp. 1775-1777.

Teaching

Online Teaching:

HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS with LAB: APPLYING HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS (Penn Medical Ethics and Health Policy Online Education Center)

INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (Coursera)

Past Courses

  • OIDD611 - QUALITY AND PRODUCTIVITY

    Matching supply with demand is an enormous challenge for firms: excess supply is too costly, inadequate supply irritates customers. In the course, we will explore how firms can better organize their operations so that they more effectively align their supply with the demand for their products and services. Throughout the course, we illustrate mathematical analysis applied to real operational challenges--we seek rigor and relevance. Our aim is to provide both tactical knowledge and high-level insights needed by general managers and management consultants. We will demonstrate that companies can use (and have used) the principles from this course to significantly enhance their competitiveness.

  • OIDD941 - DIST SYSTEM SEM

    Seminar on distribution systems models and theory. Reviews current research in the development and solution of models of distribution systems. Emphasizes multi-echelon inventory control, logistics management, network design, and competitive models.

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Fellow: Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2017
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (Philadelphia), 2017
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (San Francisco), 2017
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (Philadelphia), 2016
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (San Francisco), 2016
  • Named by Online Course Review as one of the 50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time, 2015
  • Named by Talk Magazine as one of the Five Best Business Courses Online, 2015
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (San Francisco), 2015
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (Philadelphia), 2015
  • Executive MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (San Francisco), 2014
  • Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award winner, 2012
  • “Tough, but I’ll thank you in 5 years”, 2012
  • “Goes above and beyond the call of duty”, 2012
  • MBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012
  • “Goes above and beyond the call of duty” award recipient, 2011
  • “Tough but I will thank you in five years” award recipient, 2011
  • One of ten faculty nominated by the MBA student body for the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, 2010
  • MBA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
  • Executive MBA Core Teaching Award, 2009
  • “Goes above and beyond the call of duty” award recipient, 2009
  • “Tough but I will thank you in five years” award recipient, 2009
  • Wharton Class of 2008 “Goes above and beyond the call of duty” award recipient, 2008
  • One of ten faculty nominated by the MBA student body for the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, 2007
  • MBA Core Teaching Award, 2007
  • Miller-Sherrerd Core Teaching Award, 2006
  • MBA Core Curriculum Award “Goes above and beyond the call of duty”, 2006
  • Teaching Awards for MBA and Executive MBA teaching, 1998-2005
  • MBA Core Curriculum Award “Goes above and beyond the Call of duty”, 2003
  • Research Grant from Wharton e-Business Initiative for Analysis of Name-Your-Own Price Retailing, 2002 Description

    $7,000

  • Finalist in the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, 2002
  • Executive MBA Teaching Award for best Core Course, 2002
  • Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award, 2002
  • Teaching Excellence Award (Wharton), 2002
  • Research Grant from Wharton e-Business Initiative for Analysis of Name-Your-Own Price Retailing, 2001 Description

    $17.1K

  • Finalist in the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, 2001
  • Miller-Sherrerd MBA Core Teaching Award, 2001
  • Teaching Excellence Award (Wharton), 2001
  • Finalist in the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award, 2000
  • Teaching Excellence Award (Wharton), 2000
  • Teaching Excellence Award (Wharton), 1999
  • Daimler Benz Research Grant as a participant of the Circle Member Group, 1995
  • Distinguished Fellow: Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 1970

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Antonio Moreno-Garcia and Christian Terwiesch (Forthcoming), Product Line Decisions as a Hedge Against Uncertainty: An Empirical Analysis in the US Automotive Industry.
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Awards and Honors

Distinguished Fellow: Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2017
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