Jack Boepple
Jack Boepple

Adjunct Lecturer of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

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Jack Boepple works for Huron Consulting Group in their Healthcare practice.  Prior to joining Huron, Jack worked for Advocate Health Care as an internal operations improvement consultant where he worked with hospital departments to identify and implement process improvement opportunities using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. Results were measured with key metrics to determine outcomes and cost savings to the hospital.  Jack also worked with each department to establish a continuous improvement culture in order to improve the likelihood the improvements are sustained.  Jack has also held positions with the U.S. Air Force, Siemens Medical Systems, Computer Science Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola, where he worked in the areas of software engineering, project management, quality, and process improvement.

Jack received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 1999, his Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the American Society of Quality (ASQ) in 2007, and his Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (ASQ) certification also in 2007. He was an Examiner for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program from 2008 – 2010 and 2012.

Jack is a 2008 Kellogg School of Management graduate, a 1983 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (BS, Computer Science), and a 1988 graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (MS, Computer Science).

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Master of Business Administration, 2008, Management & Strategy and Analytical Consulting, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Masters, 1988, Computer Science, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Bachelor of Science, 1983, Computer Science, U.S. Air Force Academy

Academic Positions
Adjunct Lecturer of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2012-present

Other Professional Experience
Manager, Healthcare Practice, Huron Consulting Group, 2014-present
Senior System Operations Improvement Consultant, Advocate Health Care, 2012-2013
Site Director, Operations Improvement, Good Shepherd Hospital, Advocate Health Care, 2009-2012
Senior Program Manager, Information Technology (IT), Motorola, Inc., 2002-2009
Customer Advocate / Senior Project Manager, Hewlett-Packard Company, 1996-2002
Senior Consultant, Computer Sciences Corporation, 1995-1996
Co-founder and software developer, Condo Solutions, Inc., 1994-2000
Manager, Software Engineering, Siemens Medical Systems, Inc., 1991-1995
Software Engineer and Program Manager, United States Air Force, 1983-1991

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Research Interests

Boepple, Jack. 2013. Analyzing Low Patient Satisfaction at Herzog Memorial Hospital . Case 5-113-003 (KEL740).
Boepple, Jack. 2013. Samsung Electronics: Using Affinity Diagrams and Pareto Charts. Case 5-412-754 (KEL738).
Boepple, Jack. 2015. Reducing Delinquent Accounts Receivable. Case 5-414-750 (KEL904).

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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Implementing Project Management (OPNS-917-0)

You have been given an assignment. It requires making sure several tasks are completed - perhaps by you, perhaps by someone else - in a timely manner. Like it or not, you have just become a project manager. Project management is about using any means necessary to increase the probability and speed of positive outcomes.

This course introduces a variety of best-practice project management tools and has you apply them to real-world problems. It also explores strategies to deal with common / typical project management roadblocks. The skills and tools that you will learn in this course are sought after by many organizations, particularly consulting firms.

This class is grounded in the practical application of Project Management. Other areas touched are Change Management and various process improvement methodologies (such as Six Sigma and Lean).

Implementing Process Improvement (OPNS-932-0)
Evaluating and improving operating processes is essential for the growth and health of any business. This course introduces a variety of frameworks for assessing performance as well as identifying and prioritizing improvement opportunities. It draws on the most frequently used tools from Six Sigma and Lean as well as project management techniques. The course also emphasizes organizational considerations in implementation. Students will have opportunities to apply these tools in visits to local firms as well as be expected to use them in a final project.