Sharon Kim

Sharon Kim, PhD

Faculty Director for Design Thinking for Innovation
Areas of InterestOrganizational Behavior, Managing Creativity in Organizations, Design Thinking

Sharon Kim is an Executive Education faculty member and the director of Design Thinking for Innovation at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University. Kim has expertise in the psychology of creativity. Her academic research has been featured in popular media outlets including Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. She teaches design thinking and provides innovation consulting to leaders in Fortune 100 companies and international health NGOs.

Honors and distinctions

  • 2013 Executive MBA Teaching Award
  • 2012 Academy of Management MOC Division Best Paper Award
  • 2011 Academy of Management William H. Newman Award for Best Paper Based on a Recent Dissertation


Selected publications
  • Kim S, Piccinini D, Mensah E, Lynch M. Using a human-centered design approach to determine consumer preferences for long-lasting insecticidal nets in Ghana. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2019;7(2):160-170.
    Kim, S.H., Myers, C.G., & Allen, L. (2017, August). Health care providers can use design thinking to improve patient experiences. Harvard Business Review, Digital article. 
    Kim, S.H., Vincent, L.C. & Goncalo, J.A. (2013). Outside advantage: Can social rejection fuel creative thought? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 605-611.
    Polman, E.G. & Kim, S.H. (2013). Effects of Anger, Disgust, and Sadness on Sharing with Others. Forthcoming at Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
    Goncalo, J.A., Flynn, F.J. & Kim, S.H. (2010). Are two narcissists better than one? The link between narcissism, perceived creativity, and creative performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1484-1495.
    Goncalo, J.A. & Kim, S.H. (2010). Distributive justice beliefs and group idea generation: Does a belief in equity facilitate productivity? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 836-840.