• Phone: 617-353-4258
  • E-Mail:  pmcmanus@bu.edu
  • Office: 557
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Strategy & Innovation Department at the Boston University Questrom School of Business (MBA ’86) where I teach array of courses in strategy, innovation, entrepreneuring and sustainable development at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels.

My area of interest is the emerging arena of sustainability-driven innovation with a particular interest in B2C industries such as: fashion/luxury goods, food, hospitality, travel/tourism, retail, financial services and media/entertainment.

A specialty is market-driven, multi-stakeholder platforms/ecosystems that mobilize investment and innovation for ethical, responsible and sustainable development. These platforms include a cross-section of actors from the private sector (MNC's & startups) and governments, foundations, NGOs, community organizations & consumers and address global challenges, such as: gender equity, economic inclusion, economic development, healthcare & education, ethical sourcing & sustainable supply chains, climate change, habitat/biodiversity preservation and environmental stewardship.

In addition, I also serve on the Advisory Boards of several entrepreneurial incubators/accelerators in the Boston area including: the New England Clean Energy Council, (NECEC), the New England Cleantech Open (NE-CTO), Greentown Labs, the Artesian Asylum, Smarter in the City, and am a judge/mentor for MassChallenge.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University full-time in 2006, I was a Venture Partner with Boston Millennia Partners, a $740M venture capital fund with international investments in early-stage technology ventures in the life sciences, healthcare, medical device, information technology and telecommunications industries.

Previously, I spent eight years as consultant to investors, multinational corporations, government agencies and startups in the international venture community and fifteen years as a corporate new venture development executive, product manager and engineer in the high-tech industry with Digital Equipment Corporation.

I received my MBA from Boston University in 1986 and my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1977.

  • Education Open or Close

    MBA, Boston University, 1986.

    BS, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, 1977.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    GSM SI849 B1 Corporate Sustainability Strategy

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

    SCOPE: A Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem, NSF. (February 15, 2014 - Present).

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      McManus, P., (Presenter & Author), NCET2, Technology Development @ BU, NCET, Washington, DC. (December 4, 2010).

      McManus, P., (Presenter & Author), GCEC Annual Conference, Accelerating the Development of Micro-Multinationals, Global Consortium of ENtrepreneurship Centers, Houston, TX. (October 20, 2009).

      McManus, P., (Presenter & Author), Allan, M., (Presenter & Author), AUPHA Annual Meeting, Innovation as a Tool to Drive Essential Health Management Education, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Chicago, IL. (June 30, 2009).

      McManus, P., (Presenter & Author), Young Entrepreneurs Conference, Entrepreneurship Programs at BU, French Ministry of Economic Development, Paris, France. (June 28, 2008).

      McManus, P., (Presenter & Author), French Life Sciences Initiatives, BU's Soft Landing Program, French Ministry of Economic Development, Paris, France. (June 28, 2008).

  • Conference ActivitiesOpen or Close

      World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Water Innovation, Panelist. (September 24, 2012 - September 26, 2012).

      CleanTech Open Annual Conference, CleanTech Open, CleanTech Startups, Panelist. (October 16, 2012 - October 16, 2012).

      CleanTech Open Competition - Regional Finals, CleanTech Open, University-based Ecosystems for Student Entrepreneurs in Cleantech, Panelist. (October 9, 2012 - October 9, 2012).

      Symposium on Water Innovation in Massachusetts, Office of Governor Patrick Duval, Water Technology-based Ecosystem Development in MA, Committee Member. (May 8, 2012 - May 8, 2012).

      Safe Water for Health Now Conference, BU SPH & Vestergaard Fransen, Committee Member. (January 27, 2012 - January 27, 2012).

      Food & The CIty, Frederick S Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future, Food and the City: Issues on the Horizon, Panelist. (February 25, 2012 - February 26, 2012).

      Food & The CIty, Frederick S Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future, Food and the City: Issues on the Horizon, Panelist. (February 25, 2012 - February 26, 2012).

      The Urban Century, Frederick S, Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Ranger Future, The Urban Century: Local Challenges, Global Matters, Committee Chair. (December 14, 2012 - December 14, 2012).

      GCEC Annual Conference, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Intro to ITEC's Soft Landings Program , Panelist. (October 14, 2010 - October 16, 2010).

      GCEC Annual Conference, Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, Accelerating the Development of Micro-Multinationals, Panelist. (October 14, 2009 - October 16, 2009).

      AUHP Anual Meeting, Innovation in Healthcare, Panelist. (June 28, 2009 - June 30, 2009).

  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

    2013 Henry Morgan Award for Service to the Entrepreneurship Program, Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, Service, University. (May 16, 2013).

    2010 Broderick Prize, School of Management, Service, University. (May 16, 2010).

    For Service to Graduate Programs


    2009 Faculty of the Year, MBA Full-tume class of 2009, Teaching. (May 2009).
    Voted faculty of the year by the MBA class of 2009


  • BroadcastsOpen or Close

    Radio

      Boston University World of Ideas, "Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities: Are They Sustainable?", 05/12/13, WBUR. See Web Page

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  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Board of Advisors for Smarter in the City - Boston, MA

    Board of Advisors, New England Clean Energy Council - Boston, MA

    Board of Advisors, Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA