Associate Professor Neil Walshe

Neil Walshe

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Program Director


Neil's principle area of research is the role of virtue and morality (or the lack thereof) in organizations, specifically the presence of courage and cowardice within organizational life. His work explores the psychological mechanisms and consequences of virtuous behavior as part of expected occupational roles. By focusing on high-risk occupations such as ordnance disposal, private military contracting, and air-traffic control, Neil attempts to develop greater insight into how workers construct and enact ethical behavior in the workplace.


  • Ethics & Morality
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Evidence-based Management

Research Areas

  • Courage at Work
  • Ethics
  • Fear and Workplace Behavior
  • Evidence-based Management


  • Birkbeck College, University of London, PhD. in Organizational Psychology
  • Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, MSc. Organizational Psychology
  • Queens' University of Belfast, BSc. Psychology

Prior Experience

  • Visiting Professor of Ethics, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco, School of Management, Outstanding Research Award, 2018

  • University of San Francisco, School of Management, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2014

  • Mentor of the Year, USF, 2012

  • University of San Francisco, School of Management, Mentor of the Year Award, 2012

  • Stu Clark Distinguished Speaker, University of Manitoba, Asper School of Business, Winnipeg, Canada, 2012
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, USF School of Management, 2011

  • John Miller Support and Advocacy Award, USF, 2011

  • University of San Francisco, School of Management, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011

  • University of San Francisco, School of Management, John Miller Mission Support Award, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Kanov, J., Powley, E. H., & Walshe, N. D. (2017). Is it ok to care? How compassion falters and is courageously accomplished in the midst of uncertainty. Human Relations, 70(6), 751-777

  • Briner, R. B., & Walshe, N. D. (2015). An evidence‐based approach to improving the quality of resource‐oriented well‐being interventions at work. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88(3), 563-586.

  • Briner, R. B. & Walshe, N. D. (In Press) From Passively Received Wisdom to Actively Constructed Knowledge: Teaching Systematic Reviewing Skills as a Foundational Component of Evidence Based Management. Academy of Management Learning and Education.

  • Briner, R. B. & Walshe, N. D. (2013) Evidence-based Management and Leadership, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change, and Organizational Development (Eds. H. S. Leonard, R. Lewis, A. M. Freedman and J. Passmore), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

  • Briner, R. B. & Walshe, N. D. (2013) The causes and consequences of a scientific literature we cannot trust: An evidence based practice perspective, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, Vol. 6