• Phone: 617-358-2744
  • E-Mail:  kcurley@bu.edu
  • Office: 625
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    595 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

Profile Summary

Kathleen Foley Curley is a businessperson, technologist and thought leader in the areas of collaborative software, knowledge management and technology strategies that contribute to business value. Currently she is a Research Professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and is focusing on developing on-line learning materials for the IS professional. Prior to accepting her current position, Dr. Curley was Senior Vice President and Chief Community Builder at CommuniSpace Corporation, where she was responsible for the implementation of 35 virtual communities at client sites generating 100% year over year revenue growth.Before joining CommuniSpace, she was Chief Knowledge Management strategist for the IBM Software Group, responsible for articulating and integrating the KM and eBusiness strategies for this $14 billion division of IBM. Prior to that position, Dr. Curley was Director of Research for the Lotus Institute, where her work focused on launching products from Lotus Institute which included TeamRoom, Lotus LearningSpace and Raven, Lotus’s KM platform. Dr. Curley began her career as an academic and was a tenured Professor at Northeastern University for 14 years prior to returning to industry. She has published in many academic and professional journals including MIS Quarterly, Sloan Management Review and Information and Management. She received her AB with Honors in Economics from Smith College and both her MBA and DBA degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

  • Education Open or Close

    DBA, Harvard Graduate School of Business, Management of Technology/Management Information Systems, 1981.

    MBA, Harvard Graduate School of Business, 1976.

    BA, Smith College, Economics, 1972.

  • Current CoursesOpen or Close

    GSM IS711 F1 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy

    SMG IS223 C1 Introduction to Information Systems

  • PublicationsOpen or Close


      Curley, K. F., Burr, M., Curley, K. F., & Burr, M. IS in Context. New York, NY: Nomadic Field Manual.

    Other Publications:

      Curley, K. F. (2012). TradePay.

      Curley, K. F. Executives without Borders: Harnessing Business Expertise to solve Humanitarian Problems.2013(Spring), Boston, MA: Boston University.

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

    IS in Context, Nomadic. (August 1, 2013 - Present).

    John Hancock. (September 1, 2014 - Present).

    Comparative Study of IT Spending across banking and insurance industry, John Hancock. (January 1, 2015 - June 1, 2015).

    Comparative Study of IT Spending across banking and insurance industry, John Hancock. (January 1, 2015 - June 1, 2015).

    Creating a Common Vendor Scorecard, John Hancock and the Institute for Global Work. (September 20, 2013 - April 1, 2014).

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Accepted Lectures:

      Curley, K. F. (Author Only), Radzicki, M. (Presenter & Author), Bah, S. (Author Only), & Kautz, F. (Author Only). Grenoble Post Keynesian Conference, A stock - flow consistent multi - method simulation macroeconomic model", Grenoble University, Grenoble, France. (December 9, 2015).

  • Academic, Military and Professional PositionsOpen or Close

    Director, Courier Corporation. (January 1, 2014 - December 30, 2014).

    Director of the publicly traded printing and publishing company.

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  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Director, Courier Corporation. Chelmsford, MA