Mary Ann Gaal

Assistant Professor | Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Contact Information
(321) 674-8473
F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, 309

Personal Overview

Prior to Dr. Mary Ann Gaal’s career teaching, she spent 20 years in construction, beginning with working on multi-million dollar construction sites as a field engineer to work as a project manager and Owner’s Representative for educational and commercial projects. Dr. Gaal continues to work with Engineers and Architects as a consultant managing projects for Owners. She also has completed forensic document analysis on completed projects.

Professional Memberships
Academy of Management
Southern Management Academy
Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS)

Educational Background

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas

Master of Business Administration, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Ph. D. in Leadership and Organizational Change, School of Management: Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University

Current Courses

Graduate Level

  • Quantitative Methods for Managers
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • International Management
  • Leadership

Undergraduate Level

  • Statics and Mechanics of Materials
  • Foundations of Project Management
  • Management of Information Systems
  • Communication Skills for Managers
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Small Business Management
  • China and Its Influence on the World Economy

Selected Publications

Alas, R.; Übius, Ü.; Gaal, M.A. (2013). Organizational Culture as Predictor of Innovation Climate. Prause, G.; Venesaar, U.; Kersten, W. (Eds.). International Business: Baltic Business Development (169 - 185). Berlin: Peter Lang GmbH

Alas, R.; Übius, Ü.; Gaal, M.A. (2012). Predicting Innovation Climate using the Competing Values Model. In: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences: World Conference on Business, Economics and Management (BEM-2012), May 4–6 2012, Antalya, Turkey. Elsevier, 2012, (62), 240 - 244.


Gaal, M. A. and McGill-O’Rourke, A, (2018) Smiling Faces: Bullying in Academia. Presented at the Annual International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gaal, M. A. (2015) How Do We Teach and Measure Creativity and Innovation as a Learning Outcome? Presented at the Annual Teaching Society of Management Educators in La Verne, California.

Gaal, M. A. (2014) The Craziness of Implementing OB-XB for the First Time. Presented at the Annual Teaching Society of Management Educators in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gaal, M. A. (2014) Goal-Setting Theory: Putting Students to Work. Presented at the Annual Teaching Society of Management Educators in Nashville, Tennessee.

Alas, R., Egri, C. & Gaal, M.A, Ralston, D. A., Kangasniemi, M., Wallace, A. (2013). Institutional and Cultural Influence on Managerial Attitudes towards CSR, Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference. Presented in Orlando, FL


Measurement and assessment of creativity within the classroom.
Enhancing student creative self-efficacy
Lateral Bullying among faculty in tenure and non-tenure institutions
Attributed leadership differences and similarities among European, American and Asian cultures.
Communication across cultures, nonverbal cultural influences and perceptions by cultures.
Corporate social responsibility and the influences of manager values and institutions within countries