• Phone: 617-358-3318
  • E-Mail:  jackmc@bu.edu
  • Office: 552
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University School of Management
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Dr. Jack McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in the School of Management at Boston University, where he also serves as the Director of the Executive Development Roundtable, a major consortium and research center on leadership. His research interests are in leadership, organizational change and global sustainability, and he teaches courses on leadership and organizational behavior in the undergraduate, MBA, international and executive programs. Additionally, he designs and leads a year-long seminar series on leadership for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, comprised of mid-career professionals and scholars from developing nations studying in the United States. He also serves as the Faculty Director for the universityís core undergraduate Organizational Behavior course. His work has been published in leading journals and he is a frequent speaker on leadership at academic and professional conferences in the US and abroad. With over fifteen years in corporate finance in several large firms as a financial analyst, manager, and senior executive prior to his career transition into academia, Dr. McCarthy draws heavily upon his real-world management and leadership experience in his teaching and research. He also serves as a leadership development consultant for executives and senior management teams in various industries. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he launched and led the undergraduate business program at the universityís urban campus in Manchester, NH and was the recipient of the college-wide 2005 Teaching Excellence Award. Having taught for three summers in residence in China, he received the 2009 Faculty of the Year Award from the International MBA Cohort at Boston University. In addition, he was selected to deliver the 2011 Faculty Address for the School of Managementís Convocation Ceremony for its Bachelorís degree candidates as part of Boston Universityís 138th Commencement Exercises. Most recently, Dr. McCarthy received the 2012 Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the Boston University School of Management, the schoolís highest honor for teaching.

In addition to a DBA in Organizational Behavior from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University, he received an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Babson College, and a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A native Bostonian, and an alumnus of The Boston Latin School, Jack is an avid Boston sports fan and still plays competitive ice hockey, although at an increasingly less competitive pace.

  • Education Open or Close

    DBA, Boston University School of Management, Organizational Behavior, 2002.

    MBA, Babson College, Finance, 1981.

    BA, University of Massacusetts at Amherst, Economics, 1979.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    SMG OB221 A1 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations

    SMG OB221 D1 The Dynamics of Leading Organizations

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      McCarthy, J., Deacon, S., (2015). Igniting Passion and Possibilities through the Arts: Conflict, Collaboration and Leadership through Live Stage Performances. Journal of Leadership Studies,

    Other Publications:

      McCarthy, J., Deacon, S., (2013). Making Movie Magic: The creation and use of video, digital media and short films to enhance learning in the management curriculum. (40, 1, ).: Proceedings of the 40th Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.


      McCarthy, J. F., Deacon Carr, S., Deacon, S., (2012). Sustaining a Learning Community: Creative Collaboration and Dynamic Learning in Action. (1, 39, ).: St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators.


  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

    Integrating Liberal Arts,Globalization, Advanced Technology and Virtual Capability into the Undergraduate Curriculum, Boston University. (January 1, 2014 - December 30, 2015).

    RULE: Redesigning the Undergraduate Learning Experience. (December 1, 2010 - Present).

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Massachusetts Nonprofit Network MNN 2014 Conference, Developing 21st Century Leaders: Leadership Challenges & Opportunities, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Framingham, Massachusetts. (October 29, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Fall 2014 Meeting of the Executive Development Roundtable, Stranger in Strange Lands: Lessons from a Global Leadership Development Journey, Boston University Executive Development Roundtable, Boston, Massachusetts. (November 13, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Metrowest Health Leadership Alumni Program, Leading Today: How Great Leaders Manage People and Lead Change, Metrowest Health Foundation, Natick, Massachusetts. (November 6, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Universidad de Navarra Alumni Association Speaker Series, Leading Transformation and Change, Universidad de Navarra School of Engineering, San Sebastian, Spain. (May 8, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Dublin City University Talent Roundtable, Leadership Development: From Capabilities to Meta-Competencies, Dublin City University Business School, Dublin, Ireland. (May 7, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Panelist), Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations HPAIR 2014, Creating Opportunities Out of Crisis, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (February 15, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Boston University Resident Assistant Training Program, Being a Leader, Boston University Residence Life, Boston, Massachusetts. (August 18, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Dublin City University Business School Alumni Association Speaker Series, Leading in a Turbulent World, Dublin City University Business School, Dublin, Ireland. (April 10, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Irish Academy of Management Strategy Special Interest Group, Developing Strategic Leaders: Leadership Meta-Competencies for a Changing World, Irish Academy of Management, Dublin City University, Ireland. (April 10, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Dublin City University Learning Innovation Unit, Towards an Engagement Model of Learning: Infusing Creativity and the Arts into Management Education, Dublin City University Business School, Dublin, Ireland. (April 9, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Dublin City University Leadership, Innovation and Knowledge (LINK) Seminar Series, Leadership Development Research and Practice, Dublin City University Business School, Dublin, Ireland. (April 8, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Panelist), Boston University Arts Initiative, CEIT Workshop Panel, Bringing Arts into the Non-Arts Disciplines, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Boston, MA. (November 12, 2013).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter and Author), Dublin City University MBA Program Closing Reception, The Leadership Challenge: Thriving in a Turbulent World, Dublin City University, Croke Park Executive Center, Dublin, Ireland. (June 29, 2012).

    Accepted Lectures:

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Mendoza, G., (Presenter & Author), Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference OBTC 2015, Global Leadership in Crisis: An Ecosystem Mapping Exercise, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, LaVerne, California. (June 19, 2015).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), White, A., (Presenter & Author), European Group for Organization Studies EGOS 2015 Colloquium, Developing Global Leaders: Accelerating Intercultural Competence through Immersive Learning Journeys, European Group for Organization Studies, Athens, Greece. (July 3, 2015).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), Boston University 2014 Instructional Innovation Conference CEIT 2014, Creating Short Films and Videos to Teach Course Content, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Boston, Massachusetts. (March 7, 2014).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), McCarthy, J., (Presenter & Author), School of Management Annual Teaching Day, Creatively Engaging Students (and Faculty) through Enhanced Use of Film and Digital Media, Boston University School of Management, Boston, MA. (May 2, 2013).

      McCarthy, J., (Author Only), Deacon, S., (Author Only), Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference OBTC 2013, Making Movie Magic: The creation and use of video, digital media and short films to enhance learning in the management curriculum, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Asheville, NC. (June 6, 2013).

      Baird, L., (Author Only), McCarthy, J., (Presenter and Author), Griffin, D., (Author Only), International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management 2012 World Congress, Implementing a Dynamic and Integrated Learning Curriculum, IFSAM 2012, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. (June 27, 2012).

      McCarthy, J., (Presenter and Author), Deacon, S., (Presenter and Author), 2012 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Sustaining a Learning Community: Creative Collaboration and Dynamic Learning in Action, OBTC 2012, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. (June 22, 2012).

  • General ServiceOpen or Close

    Service to the School:

      Local, Boston University, Student Org Advisor (Non-Professional Org), BU Boston Public Schools Mentorship Program. (August 1, 2014 - Present).
      Serve as mentor to students in the Boston University Boston Public Schools Mentorship Program.


      Regional, School of Management, Student Org Advisor (Professional Org), BU Tamid Israel Investment Group. (November 1, 2013 - Present).
      Serve as an advisor to the BU Tamid Israel Investment Group. Provide support for strategy, planning and events.


      National, Boston University, Organizational Behavior Department, Committee Member, School of Theatre Academic Outreach Committee. (February 15, 2010 - Present).
      Serve as community member on the School of Theatre's Academic Outreach Committee.


      International, Boston University, Committee Member, Boston University Arts Council. (June 1, 2013 - Present).
      Serve as a member of the Provost's Arts Council to provide broad leadership to ensure that the creative arts are deeply embedded into the cultural and intellectual fabric of the university.


      National, Boston University, BU College of Fine Arts. (2014 - October 24, 2013).
      Served as moderator and facilitator for meeting of the College of Fine Arts Dean's Advisory Board.


      Regional, School of Management, Professional Evening MBA Program, Orientation. (2014 - January 14, 2013).
      Provided teaching demonstration of case method for incoming MBA students as part of the 2013 PEMA Orientaion.


      International, Boston University, Member, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program Advisory Board. (July 1, 2011 - Present).
      Serve on the Advisory Board of the university's Humphrey Fellowship program. Plan, organize and contribute to the mission and strategy of the organization.


      National, School of Management, Organizational Behavior Department, Faculty Advisory Board, Human Resources Policy Institute. (September 15, 2009 - Present).
      Faculty advisor to research center.


      School of Management, Undergraduate Program, Faculty Director, OB221 Dynamics of Leading Organizations course. (August 1, 2007 - Present).
      Coordinate curriculum, deliver lectures, oversee faculty, manage quality control.


      International, School of Management, Organizational Behavior Department, Faculty Director, Executive Development Roundtable. (August 1, 2007 - Present).
      Lead EDRT research center, manage staff, plan and coordinate meetings and research on leadership and executive development, recruit and foster membership, conduct strategic planning, and forge partnerships for future growth.


    Service to the Profession:

      International, Professional, Interaction with Industry, Combined Jewish Philanthropies. (June 7, 2014 - June 15, 2014).
      Participated in a week-long faculty study tour on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership to Israel, including site visits to corporations, nonprofit, university and governmental organizations.


      International, Professional, Conference-Related, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. (January 1, 2013 - March 1, 2013).
      Served as reviewer for submissions to the 2013 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.


      International, Professional, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. (January 1, 2012 - March 1, 2012).
      Serve as reviewer for submissions to the 2012 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.


  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    McCarthy, J., Journal of Leadership Studies, Symposium on the Arts, Special Issue Editor, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.), Appointed, Academic. (April 1, 2014 - Present).

    Serve as guest editor for Symposium on the use of the integration of the arts in leadership studies. Design and develop symposium, research and solicit authors, review and edit submissions.


  • Academic, Military and Professional PositionsOpen or Close

    Visiting Professor, Dublin City University Business School. (April 1, 2014 - May 15, 2014).

    Served as a visiting faculty member at the Dublin City University Business School as part of 2014 sabbatical.


    Visting Scholar, Center for Creative Leadership. (June 30, 2014 - July 18, 2014).
    Served as a visiting scholar at the Center of Creative Leadership's African headquarter office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as part of 2014 sabbatical.


  • Awards and HonorsOpen or Close

    Faculty Excellence Award, Boston University International MBA Students, Teaching. (May 15, 2014).

    Received award for teaching excellence by the International MBA student cohort.


    2012 Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University School of Management, Teaching. (May 15, 2012).
    The Broderick Prize is the School's highest honor for teaching.


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