Michael Lenox

Facilitator, Business Skills for PhDs in Academia and Beyond
Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration; Special Advisor for the Dean, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Education: B.S., M.S., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Lenox, the Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration, teaches the core MBA strategy course as well as an MBA elective on Strategy in the Digital Age. He also serves as Special Advisor for the Dean, overseeing the research infrastructure in the Office of Research Services and leading other special projects. From 2016 to 2023, he served as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer for the school. From 2008 to 2016, he served as Associate Dean of Innovation Programs 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. Prior to joining Darden in 2008, Professor Lenox was a professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where he served as the area coordinator for Fuqua's Strategy Area and the faculty director and founder of Duke's Corporate Sustainability Initiative. 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 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 thirty 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. 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. 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 includes the books "Can Business Save the Earth" (2018) and "The Decarbonization Imperative" (2021) both from Stanford University Press.

“Whether a PhD student is looking to thrive while working in a business or is looking to understand the broader impact of one’s work on business and society, the GradFUTURES Business Skills program helps student understand the issues facing business today and how to best navigate them.”