PJ Neal

Thoughts from a more-than-occasional writer

About Me

My work focuses on business, history, and the intersection of the two topics.

As a business professional, I have spent my career focused on issues related to strategy, operations, and talent. I currently serve as a business unit chief operating officer at a large, global consulting firm, and previously established and lead a research center for the same firm, with responsibility for all our research, insight development, and publication activities around the world. Before that, I ran an executive development business affiliated with Harvard Business School, provided corporate board advisory services to blue chip clients, and served as a consultant to the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.

My business writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, Information Management, SmartBrief, Training Industry, and Workforce Magazine, among others. I serve as Editor-in-Chief of H-Business, the Business History Conference presence on Humanities and Social Science Online, and as an annual meeting reviewer for the Management Consulting and Management History divisions of the Academy of Management.

As a historian, I focus on the history of aerospace and defense, intelligence, and national security organizations, and the people who work for and lead them. I have been published inthe US Naval Institute Proceedings, Strategy Bridge, War on the Rocks, and by the United States Central Intelligence Agency, which awarded me their Studies in Intelligence Award in 2015. My first book, The United States Naval Institute Guide to Mentorship, was published by the Naval Institute Press in 2017. I am a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Organization of American Historians, North American Society for Intelligence History, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and Society for Military History.

I hold an undergraduate degree from Bentley University, graduate degree from Harvard University, and have completed executive education at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics and Political Science.