UMass Boston

Maureen Scully

Associate Professor
Professor of Management & Sherry H. Penney Chair in Leadership
McCormack Hall Floor 05


Maureen A. Scully studies how the ideology of meritocracy is invoked to legitimate inequality in the United States and thereby impedes efforts to address poverty. She also examines how “tempered radicals,” working from inside traditional corporate and workplace locations, can engage in change efforts that make a difference and improve social justice.

Area of Expertise

Organizational change efforts, grassroots employee initiatives, beliefs about Inequality and meritocracy, dimensions of diversity at work, labor and management joint efforts


PhD, Business (Organizational Behavior), Stanford University

MA, Sociology, Stanford University

BA, Social Studies, Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Working with the Emerging Leaders Program at UMass Boston, she supports teams of mid-career professionals from the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors who undertake projects to address affordable housing, economic development, and racial integration of communities. She works with the Center for Social Policy to facilitate inclusive change processes that involve multiple stakeholders from the community. She is a coauthor of a textbook widely used in MBA programs, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes, now in its 3rd edition, and a coeditor of a volume on gendered approaches to work and change, Reader in Gender, Work and Organization. Her research has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Interim Dean, College of Management, UMass Boston
Founding Director, College of Management PhD Program, UMass Boston
Senior Research Consultant, Aspen Institute Business and Society Program
Research Faculty, Center for Gender in Organizations Simmons School of Management
Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management
Fellow, Program in Ethics and the Professions, Harvard University

Courses Taught

Organizational Processes, Business and Society, Human Resource Management, Diversity, Organization Theory

Professional Activities

Associate Editor, Organization (2011 - 2021)

  • 2020, Joanne Martin Trailblazer Award, Academy of Management, Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division
  • 2020, Donald Shephard Research Award, College of Management, UMass Boston
  • 2018, Peter McClure Award for Diversity Research, College of Management, UMass Boston
  • 2010, 2006, Betty Diener Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching, College of Management, UMass Boston
  • 2000, “Breaking the Frame” best article award, Journal of Management Inquiry