Mike Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer, UVA Darden School of Business

Mike Lenox

Professor Lenox teaches business strategy in the MBA core program, and has been recognized for his teaching on a number of occasions. In 2016, he assumed the role of Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer for the school. From 2008 to 2015, he served as the Associate Dean and Academic Director of Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He helped found and served as the inaugural president of the multiple-university Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999 and the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Professor Lenox has served as an associate professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, an assistant professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and as a visiting professor at Stanford University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and IMD.

Professor Lenox’s research has appeared in over twenty-five refereed academic publications and has been cited in a number of media outlets including the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist. In 2009, he was recognized as a Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute and as the top strategy professor under 40 by the Strategic Management Society. In 2011, he was named one of the top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants. In 2015, he was named one of the top entrepreneurship professors. Professor Lenox’s primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. He is broadly interested in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth and firm competitive success. In particular, he explores the business strategy and public policy drivers of the direction of innovative activity. His most recent work focuses on the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Professor Lenox also has a long-standing interest in the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment. Recent work explores firm strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive “green” innovation and entrepreneurship.

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