• 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

Associate, Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
Affiliate, Institute for Sustainable Energy
Affiliate, Initiative on Cities
Fellow, Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy

McManus is a Master Lecturer and award-winning faculty in the Strategy & Innovation Department at the Boston University’s Questrom School of Business where he teaches a range of courses at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels in long-range scenario planning, globalization, strategy development & implementation, design thinking, innovation management, and entrepreneurship.  

McManus' expertise is in the field of strategic innovation, the process whereby an organization redesigns/reinvents its strategy, structure and/or business model in response disruptive change in technology, markets, public policy/regulation or macro environment. His work spans the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors with a current focus on major transformations underway in the energy, mobility and smart city domains.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University full-time in 2006, McManus spent six years in the venture capital industry 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, McManus spent eight years as a consultant to international investors, corporate development offices and line organizations within Global 500 multinational corporations, government ministries, regional economic development agencies and a multitude of startups in the international venture community. He began his career in the high-tech industry with Digital Equipment Corporation where he spent 15 years in various roles in corporate venture development, product management, R&D and engineering.

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 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).

  • 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

      "Jakarta: Making a Megacity a Smart City", BU Initiative on Cities and the Pardee School of International Studies, Discussant (work of others). (September 14, 2016 - September 14, 2016).

      "Urban Innovation: The Future of Buildings", BU Initiative on Cities & BU Institute of Sustainable Energy, Discussant (work of others). (November 26, 2016 - November 26, 2016).

      Swiss Energy Innovation Days, Swiss Ministery of Energy, "The Business of Energy: The Role of District Level Energy Networks", Panelist. (August 21, 2015 - August 24, 2015).

      Frederick S. Pardee Distinguished Lecture, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, “Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities: Are They Sustainable?” , Discussant (work of others). (April 4, 2013 - April 4, 2013).

      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).

      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).

      Swayer Seminar, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, The Business of Energy, Panelist. (December 3, 2010 - December 3, 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, Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, 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 1, 2009).
    Voted faculty of the year by the MBA class of 2009


  • Media Mentions/InterviewsOpen or Close

    Broadcast (e.g. TV, radio)

      Boston University World of Ideas, "Growth, Innovation, and the Accelerating Pace of Life from Cells to Cities: Are They Sustainable?", 5/12/2013, WBUR. See Web Page

  • Web LinksOpen or Close

  • DirectorshipOpen or Close

    Board of Advisors, Greentown Labs, Somerville, MA