Professor John Gallaugher is an award-winning educator and author with expertise in strategic management, entrepreneurship, iOS app development, and maker/electronics programming. As founding faculty for the Boston College TechTrek field study programs and the former co-lead of the school’s graduate field studies in Europe and Asia, Gallaugher has had exceptional access studying technology growth and impact worldwide. During his time leading these programs, Gallaugher and his students spent several weeks each year visiting with technology executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists in several locales, including San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston, New York, and Ghana. Gallaugher and his students were present for several significant tech milestones, including the launch of the original iPhone. He has been named a Distinguished Educator by Apple, a "Most Popular Professor" by Bloomberg Businessweek, and “Guru to Grads” by Entrepreneur Magazine, He has also received the Boston College Trzaska Faculty Leadership Award, the all-university Boston College Teaching Award, the Carroll School Teaching Award, and the student newspaper’s Momentum Award for campus impact. He has worked extensively with student entrepreneurs and has seen several former students raise capital, build thriving businesses, garner unicorn ($1 billion plus) valuations, and gain admittance to elite accelerator programs (e.g. Y-Combinator, TechStars).
Gallaugher is the author of the award-winning managerial textbook Information Systems: A Manager’s Guide to Harnessing Technology, which has been used at over 450 universities. He is also a YouTube Partner and makes free software development content available to other students and educators via his YouTube channel. This includes flipped class lectures for SwiftUI/iOS development and electronics programming with CircuitPython. Gallaugher is also the author of textbooks that accompany these learning series, and support material for these courses is available at gallaugher.com. His research has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly, and other leading journals. Gallaugher has been a featured speaker at Apple Inc.’s Distinguished Educator Summit and AcademiX educator conferences, and was the international keynote speaker at AIBUMA (the African International Business and Management Conference) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has consulted for and taught executive seminars for organizations including Accenture, Alcoa, Duke Corporate Education, ING, Partners Healthcare, Staples, State Street, the University of Ulster, and the U.S. Information Agency. His comments on business and technology have appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Boston Globe, Wired, the Associated Press, Chronicle (WCVB-TV), The Daily Yomiuri (Japan), and the Nation (Thailand), among others.
A member of the information systems group in the Business Analytics Department of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, Gallaugher earned his Ph.D. in information systems from the Syracuse University School of Management. He holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in computer science, both from Boston College. He was a first-generation college student and the only person from his family to attend university.
Professor Gallaugher’s research has been published in leading outlets, including Harvard Business Review, and MIS Quarterly. Please visit his website for a current list of his publications.