Michael Leiblein

Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources, The Ohio State University

Michael J. Leiblein is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Management group of the Fisher College of Business. Professor Leiblein's research examines the relationship between firm organization and performance in technology-intensive industries.  His work utilizes aspects of industrial organization, the resource- and knowledge-based perspectives, transaction cost economics, and real options to examine relationships between aspects of economic exchanges (e.g., problem complexity and structure, exchange specificity and uncertainty), organization (e.g., outsourcing and various alliance structures) and performance (e.g., technical and financial performance as well as technological adoption and diffusion). His research has been published in a number of academic outlets including the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Academy of Management Journal and has been disseminated into practice through outlets such as the Financial Times of London.  His research has been acknowledged with international awards from the Business Policy & Strategy, Technology & Innovation, and Operations Management divisions of the Academy of Management.  In 2011, he was awarded a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to extend his work on the long-term technical and financial performance consequences of outsourcing and “offshoring” decisions.

Professor Leiblein has led courses and seminars on business, corporate, and technology strategy in a variety of undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and executive programs.  He currently offers three elective courses in the Fisher MBA program.  Technology Strategy and Innovation Management is designed to help students understand how managers contribute to creating and capturing economic value through innovation.  Advanced Competitive Analysis provides students with experience applying the conceptual tools necessary to identify, parse, and analyze the economic and market data necessary to assess a firm's competitive position and complete a comprehensive strategic analysis.  Business Solution Teams is a two-quarter consulting practicum designed to provide quantitative techniques that help in the application of the conceptual theories introduced in the MBA core.  Previously, Michael has taught the MBA core business strategy course, the MBA core corporate strategy course, the MBA diversified firm elective course, as well as in the strategic management Ph.D. program.  Michael  was honored by the Graduating Professional MBA classes of 2000 and 2002 as the Outstanding Core MBA Course Instructor.  He has consulted on issues relating to business, corporate, and technology strategy in the U.S. and Europe for a wide range of firms and industry groups.

Professor Leiblein currently sits on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal and the Academy of Management Review.  In addition, he serves as an associate editor at the Journal of Management and provides ad hoc editorial services for a wide variety of journals including Management Science, Organization Science, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Managerial and Decision Economics, and the Academy of Management Journal.  At Ohio State,  he serves as a co-director for the university’s Food Innovation Center.  Within Fisher College he has an active role leading academic research in the Innovation Initiative .  Michael is licensed as a certified engineer in the state of New York and has worked in the private sector for Johnson Controls and Andersen Consulting.  In his free time, he enjoys hiking and sightseeing through the American Southwest.

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