Michael Boyer O'Leary is a Teaching Professor of Management and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Degree Programs at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
Professor O’Leary's courses focus on leading teams, change management, innovation, and management of global businesses (including classes on the global wine business). He has worked with a wide variety of domestic and international organizations (including AARP, AES, Booz Allen Hamilton, CapitalOne, Community Connections of DC, InterAmerican Development Bank, Deloitte, KPMG, OPIC, Qatari Soccer Federation, Red Cross, USAID, and World Bank) to build executive education programs designed to guide participants toward making positive change in their own organizations and communities. From 2020-2022, he was senior associate dean for custom executive education for the McDonough School.
His research deals with high-performing virtual teams, multitasking, multi-teaming, and teams facing resource constraints. Professor O'Leary's work has been published by MIT Press and in the Academy of Management Review, IESE Insight, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, MIS Quarterly, Organization Studies, and Academy of Management’s Best Paper Proceedings.
Professor O'Leary is also co-designer, lead academic advisor, and faculty member for the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, founded by the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. He is also a faculty member for the Bush Center’s Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program.
Before moving to Georgetown in 2009, Professor O'Leary taught at Boston College. He has won teaching and service awards at both BC and Georgetown.
Before beginning his academic career, he was a policy analyst at AIR and a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand based out of Washington, DC and Boston. He worked on large-scale re-organizations, technology implementations, digital strategies, and process redesigns, among other projects. At C&L, his clients included major higher education, medical, and non-profit institutions (e.g., Columbia, Stanford, Tufts, Boston U., and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Minnesota), as well as large nonprofit organizations (e.g., ETS and the NCAA). Professor O’Leary received his Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management and his Bachelor's in Public Policy from Duke University, where he also was a member of the Board of Trustees.