Dr. Jack McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Practice in Organizational Behavior who joined the Management Division faculty at Babson College in the Fall 2018 term. He teaches, conducts research and consults in leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship and global sustainability.
Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, where he taught courses on leadership, team dynamics, negotiations and decision-making in the undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. He also served as the Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, a global leadership development experience and cultural exchange for exceptional professionals from developing nations to study and work for a year in the US under the Fulbright initiative. In addition, he was the faculty director for the school's core undergraduate Organizational Behavior course, which achieved significant grant funding in recognition of its many innovations in teaching and learning. He was also the Director of the Executive Development Roundtable at Boston University, a research center and consortium on leadership development, from 2007 to 2017.
A creative and dynamic teacher, he was named as a Top Professor for teaching excellence by the graduating class of 2020 at the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He previously received the school-wide 2012 Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Having taught for four summers in residence in China, he also received the 2009 and 2014 Faculty of the Year Awards from the International MBA Cohort at Boston University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Business at the University of New Hampshire, where he launched and led the undergraduate business program at the university's urban campus in Manchester, NH and was the recipient of the college-wide 2005 Teaching Excellence Award. In 2019 he was named as the Volunteer of the Year for the Northeast region of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) for his work in mentoring and coaching young entrepreneurs. Most recently, he was selected to deliver the opening TED talk on Building the 'Small L' in Leadership at Babson's TEDx 2022 event.
His work has been published in leading journals and he is a frequent speaker and consultant in the US and abroad on global leadership and leading positive change. An extensive traveler, he has participated in leadership development initiatives with NGO managers in Ethiopia, visited Israel on a faculty study tour on innovation, served as a visiting scholar at Dublin City University in Ireland, and taught MBA and executive courses in Beijing and Shanghai, China. With over twenty-five years of hands-on industry experience in corporate finance and in family businesses, Dr. McCarthy draws heavily upon his real-world management and leadership experience in his teaching, research and consulting. Prior to his career transition into academia, he was a financial analyst, manager, senior executive and CFO in operating divisions of several Fortune 100 companies, leading large organizations, business strategy and mergers and acquisitions. More recently, he served for 2016 to 2018 as President and Chairman of the Board for Captiva Cruises, Inc., a family-owned ecotourism business on Captiva Island in Florida, dedicated to a mission and 30+ year legacy of environmental education and conservation. He is also the Managing Director of McCarthy Family Properties, LLC, a privately held real estate development company.
Dr. McCarthy is a member of the faculty advisory board for the Babson Executive Education Center and serves as a faculty advisor to Babson's inaugural chapter of the National Society for Leadership & Success. He was a member of the Boston University Provost's Arts Council and served on the School of Theatre's Academic Outreach Committee to support and encourage creativity, innovation and the arts in management education and leadership development. He was a member of the faculty advisory boards of the Global Development Policy Center and the Human Resources Policy Institute at Boston University. He holds an MBA from Babson College and a DBA in Organizational Behavior from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. 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.