Kevin S. Groves


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Kevin S. Groves, PhD

Kevin S. Groves, PhD, is President of Groves Consulting Group, LLC, and Associate Professor of Management at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Supporting clients across multiple industry sectors, the firm focuses on developing evidence-based solutions that are anchored by rigorous research. A sample of his healthcare clients includes St. Joseph Health System, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, HCA, SCAN Health Plan, HealthStream, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, and Sutter Health.

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Groves Consulting Group, LLC, supports businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies with leadership and organization development solutions, including 360-degree assessment tools, executive development program design and facilitation, succession planning systems, and high-potential identification and development practices.  

An active speaker, Dr. Groves regularly delivers presentations, keynote addresses, and facilitates executive team sessions. Adopting a collaborative approach with clients, he delivers engaging presentations that integrate industry best practices from leading hospitals and health systems, rigorous research findings, and healthcare trends.

As an Associate Professor of Management at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School, Dr. Groves teaches a range of graduate courses including leadership competency development, organization design, organization development and change, and part-time MBA programs at the Malibu and West Los Angeles campuses. Prior to joining the Graziadio School faculty, Dr. Groves served as an Assistant Professor of Management and Director of the PepsiCo Leadership Center at California State University, Los Angeles. As Director, he managed a $1.45 million PepsiCo Foundation grant that served the leadership development needs of students, community members, and local business leaders. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Groves worked as a management consultant in the Strategy & Organization practice at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson).

An active leadership scholar, Dr. Groves’ research is currently focused on talent management and succession planning practices, particularly the ROI of such practices across industry sectors. He conducts national benchmarking survey studies, including the semi-annual Healthcare Talent Management Survey, intensive case studies of organizations with exemplary talent management practices, and quantitative assessments of the financial impact of talent management best practices. Dr. Groves’ research is widely published in business, leadership, and healthcare management journals, including Health Care Management Review, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Group & Organization Management, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and many others. He has recently completed a book that examines talent management and succession planning best practices in healthcare delivery organizations, specifically the impact of these practices on hospitals’ clinical, financial, and workforce metrics. Published by Second River Healthcare, the book will be available in 2017.

Dr. Groves holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. He earned his master of arts (MA. and doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University.

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