• Phone: 617-353-4258
  • E-Mail:  pmcmanus@bu.edu
  • Office: 640
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Paul McManus is a Senior Lecturer and award-winning faculty in the Strategy & Innovation Department at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University teaching a range of required and advanced courses in corporate strategy, innovation management, entrepreneurship and sustainability across Questrom's undergraduate, graduate and executive programs.  

His current focus blends design and systems thinking with lean implementation practices and platform strategies as the means to drive strategic innovation, corporate transformation and sustainable development. In addition to his teaching, he is an active a board member and advisor to a number of public and private organizations across a variety of industries with a particular focus on the energy & mobility sectors and sustainable cities.

In addition to his teaching appointment, he is affiliated with the following research centers and institutes at Boston University:

FELLOW:       Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy
                       http://www.bu.edu/questrom/faculty-research/centers/susilo/

The Susilo Institute develops ethical capacity in today’s and tomorrow’s global business decision-makers to lead with integrity, inspire courage through action, and use their voices boldly to impact their organizations and the world. 

ASSOCIATE:  Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
                        http://www.bu.edu/pardee/

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future convenes symposia and conducts interdisciplinary, policy-relevant, and future-oriented research that contributes to long-term improvements in the human condition. The Center’s focus is defined by its longer-range vision and is not confined to any particular set of issues. Our work seeks to identify, anticipate, and enhance the long-term potential for human progress.

AFFILIATE:     Institute for Sustainable Energy
                        http://www.bu.edu/ise/

Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) is a University-wide institute, administered by the Questrom School of Business, that assists and promotes faculty research, and enhances BU’s curricular offerings and communication products related to sustainable energy.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University full-time in 2006, Mr. McManus was a Venture Partner focused on human capital development 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 an MBA from Boston University in 1986 and a 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 SI839 A1 Design Thinking and Innovation

    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).

  • Editorial And Review ActivitiesOpen or Close

    McManus, P. The Utility of the Future Study, MIT, Editorial Board Member, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.), Appointed, Academic. (July 1, 2015 - Present).

    Member of the Faculty Advisory Committee


    McManus, P. "Report to the Council for U.S.-Japan Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship", U.S.-Japan Council on Cooperation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.), Appointed, Professional. (January 24, 2013 - January 31, 2013).

    McManus, P. • "Entrepreneurial Processes and Culture for Higher Education to Produce Commercial Impact – Hong Kong as an Emerging Innovation Hub”, Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, International, One-Time Editorship (Edited One Issue, Edition, Etc.), Appointed, Professional. (January 24, 2013 - January 31, 2013).

  • 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, Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA