Organization, Leadership, and Communication — Business Administration — Organization Development
Keith O. Hunter

Keith O. Hunter

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Keith Hunter conducts research at the forefront of social networks, organizational behavior, and business leadership. Dr. Hunter brings a diverse background to his work that includes his experience as a military veteran and software engineer. His current research projects include planned organizational network change, structural antecedents of counterproductive workplace behavior and women’s access to mentorship in the legal profession.

Dr. Hunter's primary research interests lie at the intersection of social networks, organizational behavior, and organization development. He is particularly interested both in how social network structure is affected by targeted intervention and in how social network structure affects organizational behavior. His investigations into the patterns of interaction among people and the implications those patterns hold for human behavior are of critical significance to tomorrow's business leaders as they're closely aligned with community initiatives and goals.

Professor Hunter's work as a teacher and researcher build on his background as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and a software engineer highly engaged with multiple research and development initiatives. Having left the navy as a First Class Machinist's Mate, Dr. Hunter was trained in firefighting, radiological incident response, and shipboard engineering operations within the context of getting men and women to function well together not only during routine operations but during times of crisis. In addition, Dr. Hunter contributed to research and development in metaheuristic search methods as well as agent-based modeling and simulation during his 12 years as a software engineer. These experiences prepared him well to help students develop a strong appreciation of the role analytics can play in successful leadership action that is supported by evidence. Dr. Hunter pushes his students to link theory and practice through engagement with service and the critical examination of USF’s mission of social justice.


Ph.D. Organizational Behavior and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, 2011
M.Phil., Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, 2011
M.S., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, FL, 1997
B.S., Computer Science, University of Central Florida, FL, 1994
Associate of Arts, Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL, 1991
Graduate, Naval Nuclear Power School, Orlando, FL

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
  • BUS 304: Management and Organizational Dynamics
  • MBA 6014: Leadership, Teams, & Organizations
  • MBA 6103: Learning to Lead
  • MBA 6104: Understanding Organizations
  • MBAE 6929: Organizational Development
  • MSOD 660: Leadership & Organizations
  • MSOD 680: Leadership for OD

Hunter, K.O. and Elliot Wolf (2015). "Cracking the code of process safety culture with organizational network analysis," 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, Austin, TX.

Hunter, K.O. (2015) " Sparking Change with Symbols, Stories and Rituals: Mobilizing People with the Symbolic Frame," Annual Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, University of La Verne, La Verne, California.

Hunter, K. O. , Hudson, Monika and Karl Boedecker (2015) "Seeing the light or tilting at windmills? The case of Richards-Townshend," 2015 Annual MBAA International Conference, Chicago, IL.

Hudson, Monika and Keith Hunter (2013) "Positive effects of peer-led reflection on undergraduates’ concept integration and synthesis during service learning," International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Hunter, Keith O. and Monika Hudson (2013) “Mean or misunderstood? Obstacles to women receiving mentorship from other women in law,” Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Henderson, Linda, Kane, Kathleen and Keith Hunter (2012) "The Art of Empowering and Sustaining Teams in the Classroom," Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada.

Hunter, K. O. (2009) “Balance Theory and Planned Organizational Network Change,” INSNA Sunbelt Social Networks Conference, San Diego, CA.

Hunter, K. O. and David Krackhardt (2007) "Structural Facilitators of Organizational Network Change," Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Hunter, Keith & Michael Johnson (2005) "Agent-based Modeling of Housing Mobility," INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Honors and Awards

Jesuit Award, USF Graduate Business Association, 2013 and 2014

Faculty Team Innovation Award, USF Office of the Provost, 2013

Organizational Behavior Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management, 2009

Organizational Development and Change Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management, 2008

Delores A. Auzenne Graduate Fellowship, 1994


Alumni Association Board, Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College

Faculty Advisor, Shukuru (student club)

Faculty Advisor, International Students Club (graduate student club)

Panelist and Evaluator, First Graduate

Kieth Hunter, University of San Francisco School of Management