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

Profile Summary

Paul McManus brings over 30 years of industry experience into the classroom as an award-winning member of the faculty at the School of Management at Boston University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Strategy & Innovation department where his teaches courses in corporate strategy, disruptive innovation & emergent strategy, entrepreneurship, globalization and sustainable development. His current interests relate to interdisciplinary innovation, platform-based startups and multi-stakeholder ecosystems for sustainable development.

In addition, he is a Fellow and Member of the Faculty Advisory Board at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, an advisor to the Initiative on Cities and the faculty advisor for the undergraduate and graduate chapters of Net Impact

McManus also serves 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 is a judge/mentor for MassChallenge.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University full-time in 2006, McManus 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, he 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.

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

In addition, he is a Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, an advisor to the Initiative on Cities and the faculty advisor for the undergraduate and graduate chapters of Net Impact

  • Education Open or Close

    MBA, Boston University, 1986.

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

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    GSM SI870 F1 Strategies for Sustainable Development

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

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

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the School:

      Local, Boston University, MBA Program, Student Org Advisor (Professional Org), NetImpact Graduate chapter. (June 1, 2013 - Present).
      Faculty advisor to the club


      International, Boston University, Faculty Director, Sustainable Neighborhood Lab. (2013 - Present).

      International, Boston University, Faculty Director, ITEC. (2013 - Present).

      National, Boston University, Board of Directors of a Company, CleanTech Open - New England. (2013 - Present).

      Local, Public/Community, Board of Advisors of a Company, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Corridor-wide Advisory Group for the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative . (2013 - Present).

      Regional, Boston University, Board of Advisors of a Company, Loomworks Revitalization Advisory Committee - Worcester, MA. (2013 - Present).

      Boston University, Committee Member, Sustainability@BU, Sustainable Buildings Steering Committee. (2013 - Present).

      Public/Community, Interaction with Industry, New England Technology Venture Accelerator, Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States. (2013 - Present).

      International, Public/Community, Interaction with Industry, Young Entrepreneurs Initiative, Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States, Boston, MA. (2013 - Present).

      Boston University, Other Role, UNFCC COP15, Copenhagen 2009. (2013 - Present).

      Local, Boston University, Undergraduate Program, Student Org Advisor (Professional Org), NetImpact Undergraduate Chapter. (2013 - Present).

      International, Boston University, Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, "Entrepreneurial Processes and Culture for Higher Education to Produce Commercial Impact – Hong Kong. (2013 - Present).

      National, School of Management, Other SMG Service Area, Grant Proposal Reviewer, External, Alimni Events in Dallas, LA and SFO. (2013 - Present).

      National, Boston University, MBA Program, Student Recruiter, Graduate Admission. (2013 - Present).
      Mock Case Presenter at MBA recruiting events in Boston & NY


      International, Boston University, Interaction with Industry, IBM Smarter Planet Program. (2013 - Present).
      Advisor to IBM Venture Capital Org for IBM Smart Camp Program


      Local, Public/Community, Public & Nonprofit Program, Other Officer, Neighborhood House Charter School Foundation. (September 2008 - Present).
      Trustee for Neighborhood House Charter School Foundation. Charitable foundation of the neighborhood House Charter School, a K-8 charter school located in Dorchester, MA.


      Local, Boston University, Committee Member, Clean Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee. ( - Present).

      International, Boston University, Grant Proposal Reviewer, External. ( - Present).

      International, Boston University, Executive Education, Faculty Director, Norwegian Entrepreneurship Program. (June 15, 2012 - August 18, 2012).

      Regional, School of Management, Faculty Director, Leading Clean Energy Ventures Program. (February 15, 2012 - April 18, 2012).

      Regional, Public/Community, Public & Nonprofit Program, Chairperson, ForSE Conference 2008. ( - November 10, 2008).
      Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, with 60 speakers and app 250 attendees.


  • 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

  • Web LinksOpen or Close

  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Board of Advisors for the New England Cleantech Open - Boston, MA

    Board Member, Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Corridor-wide Advisory Group for the Fairmount Indigo Planning Initiative - Boston, MA

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

    Board of Advisors, Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA