Matthew Feely

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Matthew Feely

218 Uris




Teaching and research interest

Matt joined the management faculty in May 20l3, providing leadership lectures to MBA and Executive MBA candidates, as well as Columbia Business School's Senior Executive Program participants.

Fusing theoretical knowledge with practical experience gained from a three decade-long navy career, Matt's lecture analyzing leadership techniques used during - and leadership lessons derived from - "Operation Tomodachi," a joint Japan-U.S. response to the cascading series of crises starting with the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, is particularly popular. His elective course, Top Management Process, focuses on leadership considerations useful to general managers and chief executive officers.

Research interests include: leadership decision-making; low-probability, high-consequence event risk management and planning; and enterprise strategy development.

A native of Dedham, Massachusetts, Matt graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and earned an MBA and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University, and he completed Columbia University's Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program.

When not working, Matt enjoys: exercising; college sports; reading; and thoughtful discussions regarding economic policy, environmental policy, national security strategy, and geo-politics. He is also a sailor with a keen interested in maritime history and is writing a book on the subject.

Courses taught