Michael Roach

Michael Roach

  • Assistant Professor

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Interdisciplinary Theme

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology

Faculty Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Technology Strategy
  • Human Resource Management and Law


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management



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Michael Roach is the J. Thomas and Nancy W. Clark Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell in 2014, he was on the faculty at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. His research examines the career paths of science and engineering doctorates, with a particular emphasis on careers in entrepreneurship and how immigration policies influence career choice. He also investigates the role of industrial scientists in firm innovation, firms’ use of university research as an input to industrial R&D, and firm patenting activities with implications for science and innovation policy. His research has been published in leading management and science journals including Management Science, Research Policy, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Roach received his PhD in strategy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in decision sciences from Georgia State University. He co-founded an educational software company while in high school and pursued an early career as an entrepreneur for eight years before beginning his undergraduate and doctoral studies. He also founded a mobile medical diagnostic application business related to his undergraduate research and remains deeply passionate about all things technology entrepreneurship.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (2016) Kauffman Foundation
  • NSF Award (SciSIP): "The Initial Career Transitions of Science & Engineering PhDs" (2016) National Science Foundation (NSF-1262270, $285,238)
  • NSF Award (SciSIP): "The Evolving University Research Enterprise" (2015) National Science Foundation (NSF-1158755, $389,698)
  • Best Paper (2018) Academy of Management
  • Best Young Scholar Paper Award (2011) DRUID Summer Conference

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4380 - Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Ventures
  • AEM 6385/NBA 6385 - Entrepreneurial Strategy for Technology Ventures
  • AEM 6395 - Technology Strategy
  • AEM 4390 - Technology Strategy

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Duke University, 2007
  • BBA Georgia State University, 2000