Michael Lawless

Clinical Professor of Management
Michael Lawless
(619) 260-2376
Office Location
Alcala West, Coronado 106
  • PhD, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • BS,. St. John's University
Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

  • Entrepreneurial risk: Jordan Baltimore and Oyster Digital Media, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
  • The paradox of stretch goals: A theory of the adoption and effects of seemingly impossible organizational goals, Academy of Management Review
  • Angel Investors' Decision-making in Seed Funding, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Evaluatiuon of an Innovation in Entrepreneurship Competition, Academy of Management Learning and Education
  • Angel Investors' Decision-making in Seed Funding, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice


Mike Lawless leads entrepreneurship initiatives at the School of Business Administration. Since 2011, he founded, and then tripled the scale of the V2 Pitch Competition and the USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference, among other innovations.

Lawless researches and teaches strategy, managing innovation and entrepreneurship. His research won the Academy of Management Review Best Article of 2011. He has won teaching awards and recognition at USD, Maryland and Colorado. He was previously professor at Maryland, Duke University and Colorado. He has taught PhD, MBA, Executive and undergraduate students. He has been a visiting professor at INSEAD in Singapore, Warwick University, UK, UCLA and Dartmouth. Lawless has lectured at Oxford, IESE and the University of Peking, among others. He has held national elected office in the Academy of Management. He holds a BS in economics from the Tobin School, St John’s University. His MBA and PhD are from the Anderson School, UCLA.