Kane USF Faculty University of San Francisco

Kathleen Kane

Faculty Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus
Malloy Hall, Room 322


Professor Kathleen Kane's forward-thinking research and application of experiential learning techniques is helping develop more effective and conscientious leadership within business communities and organizations. Through such innovative tools as The Behavioral Matrix and the Samurai Game, she helps students better assess their own leadership instincts and abilities. Dr. Kane has won a number of awards for her values-oriented curriculum, her progressive educational research leading to work as a much-sought-after organizational consultant and distinguished international speaker.

Dr. Kane examines how factors such as race and gender play a part in establishing the norms of respect in business settings. By asking her students to explore their own values and biases, she helps them nurture a greater awareness of the effects these may have in the work environment. She believes strongly that faith and reason are complementary resources in the creation of productive business cultures. Encouraging students - and the heads of organizations she advises - to 'lead from the heart', Professor Kane hopes to contribute to a new leadership paradigm, one that approaches management and decision-making from a more emotionally-focused and socially conscious standpoint.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mills College in Oakland, Professor Kane went on to obtain her M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and Behavior from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Her affection for the deeply imbedded values of the Bay Area - such as acceptance, compassion and action for social justice - have been a springboard for much of Dr. Kane's admired research and service to academic communities and organizational leadership teams.


  • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, The Claremont Graduate University, CA, 1992
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology, The Claremont Graduate University, CA, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 1986 (Phi Beta Kappa member)

Awards & Distinctions

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, USF, School of Management, 2009

  • Distinguished Service Award, USF, 1993 and 2007

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, USF, McLaren School of Business, 2000

  • Ignatian Faculty Award, USF, 1997

  • Conference Best Paper, Western Academy of Management, 1996

  • Distinguished Research Award, McLaren School of Business, 1995-1996

  • Served as board member, track chair, discussant and reviewer for the following associations, conferences, journals and publishers: Academy of Management, Academy of Business Education, Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education, International Associates of Business Disciplines, (International) Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, (International) Western Academy of Management, Eastern Academy of Management, Journal of Management Education, Western Conversations on Jesuit Education, Austen Press, Jossey Bass

Selected Publications

  • "The Mock-Trial: A Dynamic Exercise for Thinking Critically About Management Theories, Topics and Practices," Journal of Management Education, May 21, 2012

  • "The Art of Empowering and Sustaining Teams in the Classroom," Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Brock University, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada, June, 2012

  • Developing Trust in Leadership: A Workshop on Trust Building, Eastern Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012

  • Developing the Authentic Servant Leader: A Workshop on Trust Building, Western Academy of Management, Victoria, B.C., Canada, March, 2011

  • "Beyond the Total Organization: A Graduate-Level Simulation," Journal of Management Education, Vol. 35, No. 6, pp. 836-858, 2011

  • "Revisiting the Behavioral Matrix for Leadership and Team Development," Organizational Management Journal, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 23-30, 2011

    Distinguished Service Award, USF, 1993 and 2007