Neil D Walshe

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4508 Malloy Hall 413


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.

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
Visiting Professor of Ethics, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
Ethics & Morality
Qualitative Data Analysis
Organizational Ethics
Evidence-based Management
Courage at Work
Fear and Workplace Behavior
Evidence-based Management
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

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