Faculty Directory

Andrew C. Boynton

John and Linda Powers Family Dean, Carroll School of Management


As Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Andy Boynton collaborates with a talented group of colleagues to create a management school that excels in teaching and research. The Carroll School faculty and staff are committed to transforming students to become ethical and effective leaders. The faculty is comprised of scholarly leaders across all disciplines whose work is published in leading academic and practitioner publications.

In addition to leading the Carroll School, Dean Boynton lends his expertise to a number of University projects that cross boundaries at Boston College. He recently co-chaired a committee of deans, faculty, and university administrators to renew and revitalize the undergraduate core curriculum. He also works with departments at Boston College outside of the Carroll School, leading workshops to help shape their visions and innovative strategies. 

His blog on leadership and innovation is a regular feature on Forbes.com, and his latest and acclaimed book, The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen (Jossey-Bass), focuses on making innovation a key leadership skill and providing motivation and guidelines to unleash every leader and knowledge professional’s creative capability. 

Prior to joining Boston College, Dean Boynton was a professor of strategy at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland for over 10 years. At the IMD, he led a faculty team and was program director of one of the world’s top ten Executive Global MBA programs, as recognized by Businessweek. He has also served on the MBA faculty at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Dean Boynton’s research agenda today includes projects related to innovation, leadership, and strategy, targeting firms and industries where expertise is a source of competitive advantage. 

Selected Publications

  • “When a Prototype Isn’t Enough, Use Theatrical Tricks to Sell Your Idea.” Harvard Business Review. June 16, 2017.
  • “How To Stay Out Of The Don’t Zone (With A Don’t-Do List).” Forbes. August 10, 2016.
  • “Nine Things That Separate The Leaders From The Managers.” Forbes. March 31, 2016.
  • “Four Big Lessons From Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey And Other Improv Masters.” Forbes. November 5, 2015.
  • “Unilever’s Paul Polman: CEOs Can’t Be ‘Slaves’ To Shareholders.” Forbes. July 20, 2015.
  • “Three Potentially Fatal Words: ‘My Gut Says’.” Forbes. June 16, 2015.