Margaret Gorman Kirchoff

Associate Teaching Professor


Dr. Gorman is an associate professor in Organizational Leadership Studies where she teaches primarily doctoral-level courses to working professionals from across industries and sectors in the areas of Organizational Learning, Innovation, Systems Thinking, Complexity Leadership, Organizational Change.  Prior to joining NEU’s faculty in 2012, Dr. Gorman spent two decades at George Washington University where she served in various leadership roles helping to launch innovative degree programs for working professionals, serving as director of the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) an interdisciplinary weekend doctoral cohort program and for the Center for the Study of Learning (CSL) a consulting research center.  For over thirty-years, Dr. Gorman has guided managers and leaders working in not-for-profit, for profit, government, healthcare, financial services, energy, education, and military organizations to design innovative workplace learning systems.  Her consulting expertise centers on designing change interventions; executive teams and strategy formulation; program evaluation & needs assessments: strategic HR system design; and individual, group, and organization development.

Dr. Gorman currently is co-editor of international book series “The Palgrave Studies of Organization in the Digital Era;” she published chapters in “The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers” and in “Advancing Doctoral Leadership Education.”  She regularly presents at national and international conferences; she serves on various governing boards; has served as a reviewer for the British Journal of Management, Academy of Management, and Leadership Quarterly for a special issue on “Leadership and Complexity”; founding member of GW’s Women’s Leadership Institute (2005); founding member of an international network of faculty directors of an alternative doctoral programs at AoM in 1990s. She’s received awards for her outstanding service and contribution, including the inaugural recipient of the Academy of Management’s MOC Contribution Award; GWU’s Outstanding Alumni Award; and she's received consecutive nominations and is the recipient for Excellence in Teaching at Northeastern University.


Doctor of Education from George Washington University (2004)