Jonathan Clark, Ph.D.

Professor, Management

Jonathan Clark


Dr. Jonathan Clark is an associate professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He joined the UTSA faculty in 2015 after spending five years on the faculty at Penn State University. During the last two years he spent at Penn State, he also served as executive director of the Master of Health Administration program. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy/Management from Harvard Business School, and a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. His undergraduate degree in economics is from Boston College.

Dr. Clark has research and teaching interests in strategic management, with specific interest in understanding how leaders can create the conditions under which individuals, groups and organizations do their best collective work. To date, his work has addressed issues broadly related to strategic leadership, organization design and organizational learning, with a special emphasis on how these issues play out in the health care industry.

His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Health Affairs, Health Care Management Review, Leadership Quarterly, Management Science and Organization Science. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Health Care Management Review.


  • Ethics and Globalization (MBA/Graduate)
  • Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Management (MBA/Graduate)
  • Leadership and Ethics (MBA/Graduate)
  • International Business Ethics (MBA/Graduate)
  • Social and Ethical Issues in Business (Undergraduate)
  • Business Ethics (Undergraduate)
  • Bioethics (Undergraduate)

Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Organization design
  • Learning and performance improvement


  • Ph.D. Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • M.S. Harvard School of Public Health
  • B.A. Boston College


  • “Medical Group Structural Integration May Not Ensure That Care Is Integrated, From The Patient's Perspective,” (with M.J. Kerrissey, M.W. Friedberg, W. Jiang, A.K. Fryer, M. Frean and S.J. Singer), Health Affairs, Vol. 36, No. 5, 2017, pp. 885-892.
  • “Picture This: How the Language of Leaders Drives Performance,” with C. Murphy, Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2016, pp. 139-146.
  • “Patient Evaluations of the Interpersonal Care Experience (ICE) in U.S. Hospitals: A Factor Analysis of the HCAHPS Survey,” (with G.A. Silvera), PatientExperience Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2016, pp. 101-109.
  • “A (Blurry) Vision of the Future: How Leader Rhetoric About Ultimate Goals Influences Performance,” with D. Carton and C. Murphy, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 57, No. 6, 2014, pp. 1544-1570.
  • “When Do Leaders Matter? Ownership, Governance and the Influence of CEOs on Firm Performance,” with C. Murphy and S. Singer, Leadership Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2014, pp. 358-372.
  • “Pressure and Performance: Buffering Capacity and the Cyclical Impact of Accreditation Inspections on Risk-Adjusted Mortality,” with T. Towers, Journal of Healthcare Management, Vol. 59, No. 5, 2014, pp. 323.
  • “Customer Specificity and Learning: Evidence from Outsourced Radiological Services,” with R.S. Huckman and B.R. Staats, Organization Science, Vol. 24, No. 5, 2013, pp. 1539-1557.
  • “From Striving to Thriving: Systems-Thinking, Strategy and the Performance of Safety Net Hospitals,” with S. Singer, N. Kane and M. Valentine, Health Care Management Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2013, pp. 211-223.
  • “Broadening Focus: Spillovers and the Benefits of Specialization in the Hospital Industry,” with R. Huckman, Management Science, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2012, pp. 708-722.
  • “Comorbidity and the Limitations of Volume and Focus as Organizing Principles,” Medical Care Research & Review, Vol. 69, No. 1, 2012, pp. 83-102.
  • “Strained Local and State Government Finances Among Current Realities That Threaten Public Hospitals' Profitability,” with N. Kane, S. Singer, M. Valentine and K. Eckloo, Health Affairs, Vol. 31, No. 8, 2012, pp. 1680-1689.
  • “The Internal Processes and Behavioral Dynamics of Hospital Boards: An Exploration of Differences Between High- and Low-performing Hospitals,” with N. Kane and H. Rivenson, Health Care Management Review, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2009, pp. 80-91.