Kevin Lo, associate professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership and Communication, is a graduate of the USF joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program. His scholarly work and teaching focus on emotional and cultural intelligence.

Professor Lo has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and Auckland and draws upon these international experiences to encourage his students to recognize a wide range of management and organizational issues. Since returning to USF, Professor Lo has immersed himself in Ignatian pedagogy through mindfulness, self-care, and strengths-based leadership. He firmly believes in educating the whole person, consistent with the Jesuit value of cura personalis, and hopes his students will have enjoyable learning experiences while gaining understandings of how people think and behave at work.


  • Emotional and Cultural Intelligence
  • Mindfulness and Self-Care

Research Areas

  • Strengths-Based Leadership
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Management Education


  • President Elect, Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
  • Co-Chair, University Peer Review
  • USFFA, Social Director


  • University of Hawaii, PhD in International Management, 2007
  • University of San Francisco, MBA, 2001
  • University of San Francisco, MA in Asia Pacific Studies, 2001
  • Brown University, BA in East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, 1996

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor in Management and International Business, University of Auckland

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Distinguished Teaching Award 2020

  • University of San Francisco School of Management Outstanding Teaching Award (Tenured Faculty) 2017

  • University of San Francisco Faculty Service-Learning Award 2014

Selected Publications

  • Bennett, A. A., Lo, K. D., Pervez, A., Nelson, T. A., Mullane, K., Farrell, M., Wilson, S., Decker, M. W., & Tarr, E. K. (2021). Exploring business doctoral students’ attitudes, training, and use of classroom experiential learning activities. International Journal of Management Education, 19 (2), 100493.
  • Pervez, A.J., Brady, L., Mullane, K.B., Lo, K.D., Bennett, A.A., & Nelson, T.A. (2021). An Empirical Investigation of Mental Health, Impostor Syndrome, and Social Support in Management Doctoral Programs, Journal of Management Education, 45(1), 126-158.
  • Nelson, T.A., Lo, K.D. & Jhamb, S., (2020). The robots are coming! Are you ready? In S. Allen, K. Gower, & D. Allen (Eds.) Handbook of Teaching with Technology in Management, Leadership, and Business (pp. 224-236). Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc.
  • Edelson, S.A., Lo, K.D., Nelson, T.A., Stark, G., Stratton, M.T., Van Esch, C. (2019). From the shadow of overconfidence to the light of humility: Experiential activities gone awry. Journal of Management Education, 43(2), 200-211.