Michael H. Morris

Professor of the Practice

Michael H.  Morris

3169 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46615

(574) 631-9880

Michael H. Morris

Professor of the Practice

Areas of expertise:  New venture creation, social entrepreneurship and innovation; corporate venturing; entrepreneurship and poverty; entrepreneurial marketing; pedagogy for creativity and entrepreneurship; venture emergence; opportunity recognition; resourcing strategies

Michael Morris, a scholar of entrepreneurship, is a faculty member of the McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business, part of the Keough School. He has authored 13 books, 24 book chapters, and more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He co-edits the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series and is editor emeritus of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

A pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning, he has built three university entrepreneurship programs that have been ranked in the top 10 in the United States and earned global recognition for excellence. Morris also is the founder and director of the Experiential Classroom, a clinic that shares best practices in entrepreneurship education with faculty from around the globe.

Morris has worked to bring entrepreneurship empowerment to those operating under conditions of adversity, and this commitment is reflected in his research, teaching, and community engagement efforts. He recently launched the South Bend Entrepreneurship and Adversity Program, which helps low-income residents develop their own businesses. This program builds on initiatives he created in Syracuse, New York; and Gainesville, Florida. Morris also coordinates the Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program, which enables students to work with historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition, Morris has developed a magnet entrepreneurship program at an underserved high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as the National Disabled Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.

Morris is a past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). He has been awarded the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship, and the Academy of Management’s Dedication to Entrepreneurship Award. A former Fulbright Scholar, Morris was named a top 20 entrepreneurship professor by Fortune Small Business, and received the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for impacting private enterprise education. USASBE recognized him as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year in 2012. He earned a PhD in marketing from Virginia Tech in 1983.

Recent Work



Journal Articles

  • “Entrepreneurship as a solution to poverty in developed nations” Business Horizons (2020), May-June, (with Susana Santos and Xaver Neumeyer)
  • “Team entrepreneurial competence: Group effects on individual cognitive styles,” (in press), International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research, (in press), (w/Susana Santos).
  • “Retirement of entrepreneurs: implications for entrepreneurial exit,” (in press), Journal of Small Business Management, (w/Sohrab Soleimanof and Rebecca White).
  • “Entrepreneurship education in a poverty context: an empowerment perspective,” (2019), Journal of Small Business Management, 57, 6-32. (w/S. Santos & X. Neumeyer).
  • “Who is left out: Exploring social boundaries in entrepreneurial ecosystems” (2019), Journal of Technology Transfer, 44 (2), 462-484, (w/X. Neumeyer).
  • “Expertise, university infrastructure and approaches to new venture creation: Assessing students who start businesses” (2018), Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 29(9-10), 912-944 (w/G. Shirokova & O. Osiyevskyy).
  • “National culture, effectuation, and new venture performance: Global evidence from student entrepreneurs” (2017), Small Business Economics, 49(3), (w/G. Shirokova).