BCG Henderson Institute

Generic filters

Jim Hemerling

Global Leader, BHI People & Organization



  • MBA, with distinction, Richard Ivey School of Business
  • B.A.Sc. and M. Eng. University of British Columbia
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong

San Francisco

Jim Hemerling

Global Leader, BHI People & Organization

Jim Hemerling is leader of BHI’s people and organization research based in BCG’s San Francisco office and a Managing Director & Senior Partner. Jim was named a Fellow in 2015 and has focused his research on a human-centric approach to transformation.

His research explores how to cultivate high performing cultures by focusing on people first to energize and empower employees while enabling leaders to be both directive and inclusive.

Jim is a frequent speaker on these topics and has spoken at places such as TED, in addition to C-suite events of Fortune 500 clients. His work has been published in leading publications including Bloomberg,  BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, The Economist, and on CNBC.

Jim is also a coauthor of Beyond Great, a book which describes how the world has been transformed due to social tension, economic nationalism, and technological revolution.

Recent Work

View All

BCG.COM | November 9, 2018

The Head, Heart, and Hands of Transformation

Transformation in the new digital era requires a holistic, human-centric approach, one we call the Head, Heart, and Hands of Transformation.

BCG.COM | November 7, 2017

The Transformations That Work – and Why

Even large and successful companies need to transform themselves in response to current or looming threats. CEOs need to adopt a mindset of restlessness and continuous change.

TED | November 3, 2016

5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change

Jim Hemerling outlines five organizational change imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

BCG.COM | November 9, 2015

A Leader’s Guide to “Always-On” Transformation

Across virtually all industries, unprecedented disruption and market turbulence are requiring organizations to launch more frequent transformations in response.