• Phone: 617-358-3318
  • E-Mail:  jackmc@bu.edu
  • Office: 552
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Address: Boston University Questrom School of Business
    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

  • PublicationsOpen or Close

    Journal Articles:

      McCarthy, J., & Deacon, S. (2015). Igniting Passion and Possibility through Arts: Conflict, Collaboration and Leadership through Live Stage Performances. Journal of Leadership Studies, 9(1), 33-41. Tempe,.

      McCarthy, J. (2015). Introduction to the Symposium of Integrating the Arts into Leadership Studies. Journal of Leadership Studies, 9(1), 30-32. Tempe.

      McCarthy, J., & Manolova, T. S. (2009). Defending Local Roots: The Case of the Norwegian Book Clubs.. Global Business and Organizational Excellence, Wiley Press, 10(3), 52-69. Hoboken, New Jersey.

      McCarthy, J., Hall, D. T., & Hannum, K. M. (2009). Leadership Experience: What is it and what counts?. Center for Creative Leadership, 29(1), 21-22. Greensboro, NC.

      McCarthy, J. (2008). Short Stories at Work: Storytelling as an indicator of organizational commitment. Group and Organization Management, 33(2), 31.

      McCarthy, J., O'Connell, D. J., Hall, D. T., & Wang, J. E. (2007). 21st Century Learning: Leadership lessons from collaborative case research.. The Case Journal, 3(2), 117-129.

    Other Publications:

      McCarthy, J. (2015). Global Leadership in Crisis: An Ecosystem Mapping Exercise. (42, 1, 1-13).: Proceedings of the 42nd Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.

      McCarthy, J., & White, A. (2015). Developing Global Leaders: Accelerating intercultural competence through immersive learning journeys.: Proceedings of the European Group for Organization Studies EGOS 2015 Colloquium.

      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.

      Deacon, S., & McCarthy, J. (2011). Igniting Passion and Possibilities: Conflict, Collaboration and Community through Live Stage Performances. (1, 38, 1013-1040). Milwaukee, WI: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators.

      McCarthy, J., Deacon, S., & Hutchinson, P. (2010). Building Better Teams: Exploring Team Dynamics through the GPS Urban Adventure. (1, 37, 292-302). Albuquerque, New Mexico: Proceedings of the 37th Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference.

  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored ResearchOpen or Close

    Enhancement and Redesign of OB221, Redesigning the Undergraduate Learning Experience (RULE). (April 1, 2010 - Present).

    Innovations in Learning and Teaching: The Dynamic Large Lecture Course, Digital Learning Initiative. (July 1, 2015 - Present).

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

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

  • Research PresentationsOpen or Close

    Invited Lectures:

      McCarthy, J. (Presenter & Author). Association for Experiential Education AEE 2015 Northeast Symposium, Leadership at the Edge: Leading and Learning in Our Turbulent World, Association for Experiential Education, Boston, MA. (May 2, 2015).

      McCarthy, J. (Presenter & Author). Society for Asian Scientists and Engineers Northeast Regional Conference, Real Leaders, Real Passion, Real Results, Society for Asian Scientists and Engineers, Cambridge, MA. (February 14, 2015).

      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:

      Regional, QST, Public & Nonprofit Program, Student Org Advisor (Professional Org), Questrom School of Business PNP Program. (January 15, 2015 - February 28, 2015).
      Served as faculty advisor for MBA Link Day 2015, working with MBA students and a local nonprofit organization in a consulting project.


  • 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 - May 31, 2015).

    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

    Director, Hubert H. Humphrey Program at Boston University. (July 1, 2015 - Present).

    Serve as executive director and administrative leader for the universityís Humphrey Fellowship program, comprised of exceptional mid-career and young professionals who come to the US for a year of non-degree post-graduate study, leadership development, professional placement, and cultural immersion. Administered by the Institute of International Education under the Fulbright Program of the US Department of State, Humphrey Fellows are competitively selected and assigned to one of fifteen participating universities across the US, including Boston University.


    Associate Professor, Boston University School of Management. (August 1, 2007 - Present).
    Design and teach university courses, conduct research, provide university service.


    Director, Executive Development Roundtable, Boston University School of Management. (August 1, 2007 - Present).
    Lead research center, conduct meetings and research, hire and manage center staff.


    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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