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Michael J. Leiblein

Michael J. Leiblein is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management. Michael received his Ph.D. from Purdue University as well as an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to his doctoral studies, Michael worked as a consultant for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and as an engineer for Johnson Controls.

At the Fisher College of Business, Leiblein teaches the Technology Strategy, Advanced Competitive Analysis, and the Innovation Field Study elective courses in the MBA Program as well as a series of seminars in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Undergraduate Program. He has previously taught the MBA business core and MBA corporate core strategy courses, electives on corporate strategy and strategy consulting, and a variety of executive and PhD level courses. He has won multiple outstanding core course instructor awards, led masters, executive, and PhD level seminars in the US and Europe for academic and non-academic institutions, and is a strategy and innovation subject matter experience for the Accenture Academy.

Michael’s academic research focuses on the relationship between organizational form and firm performance in technology-intensive industries. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of Management and has received international media coverage in outlets such as The Financial Times (London), Les Echos, Red Herring, and USA Today. Michael’s papers have been recognized with several international academic awards including the 1994 Glueck Best Paper Award, an honorable mention for the 1995 Best Paper Award in Technology and Innovation Management, Distinguished Paper Awards from the Business Policy and Strategy division of the Academy of Management in 2005 and 2007, and Distinguished Paper Award from the Operations division of the Academy of Management in 2009. His dissertation research on the adoption of new technologies in the U.S. semiconductor industry was recognized by the Academy of Management as one of the best dissertations in the field of strategic management (1997 Free Press Award). He is the primary investigatory on a 2011 National Science Foundation grant that extends his prior work on the causes and innovative consequences of organizational decisions in the global semiconductor industry and has received multiple grants from the General Electric National Center for the Middle Market to explore effective innovation practices across different sized firms and to compare the effectiveness of various “open innovation” practices.

Michael serves as member of several prestigious editorial boards including the Strategic Management Journal (since 2004), the leading academic journal in the field of strategic management, the Academy of Management Review (since 2005), the Journal of Management Studies (since 2013), and as an advisory panelist for the National Science Foundation (since 2011). He has been selected as an inaugural editorial board member for Strategy Science (since 2013), a new INFORMS journal devoted to high-quality research in strategic management. In addition, he has served as an editorial board member (2002 through 2007) and as an associate editor (2008 through 2011) at the Journal of Management. His editorial and service activities have been recognized with several awards including Outstanding Editorial Board Member from the Strategic Management Journal (2010) and multiple Best Reviewer Awards from the Academy of Management (2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007).

Michael has been elected to the research committee (2001-03) and the executive committee (2005-07) for the Business Policy & Strategy division of the Academy of Management. He has also been elected to the executive committee (2006-08) and to be the pre-conference, conference, and program chain of the Competitive Strategy division of the Strategic Management Society (2009-11). He currently serves as the co-chair of the Strategic Management Society’s Best Paper Competition (2013-present). At Ohio State, he serves as a co-director for OSU's multidisciplinary Food Innovation Center (2010-present), committee member for Innovate Columbus and as a founding member and academic director of the Fisher College Innovation Initiative (2008-2013), and as academic director for the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors program (2013-present). He has consulted in the United States, Europe, and Asia for a variety of organizations and associations.

In his free time, Michael enjoys attending collegiate sporting events, opera, and hiking through New England and the American Southwest.