Mike conducts research on organizational learning and executive leadership. In his work on learning, he studies how organizations create and leverage unique knowledge to achieve superior performance and create breakthrough innovations. In his work on top executives, his research focuses on the powerful role of executive leadership to both help and hurt organizations through strategic action. As part of this research, Mike has traveled widely to personally spend time with CEOs, researching the most complex strategic decisions these leaders have ever faced. This has included in-depth research with the CEOs and board chairs of many of the largest organizations in the world, including leading firms from the US and Europe in energy, banking, healthcare, retail, professional services, telecommunications, fast food, investment management, insurance, risk, and other industries. His research has been published in the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal  of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and several books. Mannor and his research have been highlighted in the media on NPR, CNN, the Associated Press, BusinessWeek, in the NYTimes, WSJUSA Today, LA Times, The Atlantic, MSNBC, ABC, Yahoo and a variety of other media outlets. Mike teaches courses on entrepreneurship, management, and business strategy. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he completed a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Aquinas College, an M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. In addition, he worked for five years at a start-up data and telecommunications provider and founded a small entrepreneurial web business in Michigan.


News Corp. trust and leadership on CNN, and from the AP in BusinessWeek, Yahoo, NPR, Washington Post, ABC, US News

Interviewed for Steve Jobs story in USA Today, LA Times, Huffington Post, MSNBC, NPR/PRI, and more

America on the Road Interview

ND Expert:  The Morality of Executive Pay

ND Expert: Steve Jobs and Apple

Washington Times: The Strategic Core



2008 – present    University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)

  • Associate Professor of Management (2015-present)
  • Assistant Professor of Management (2008-2014)

2003 – 2008   Michigan State University
     Instructor, Eli Broad College of Business



Ph.D.     Michigan State University                   2008

  • Major: Strategic Management
  • Minor: Information Technology Management

M.B.A.     Grand Valley State University        2004

B.S.      Aquinas College                                          2002

  • Major: Computer Information Systems



LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation (2015-present)

  • Largest non-profit foundation focused on supporting cognitive research on Down syndrome (~3M annual revenue)
  • Member of the Executive and Governance Committees
  • Officer (Secretary)

 Choice One Communications (startup telecom firm; formerly CWON on NASDAQ)

  • Network Routing and Engineering (2002-2003)
  • Voice and Data Diagnostics (2001-2002)
  • Special Projects & Training Management (1999-2001)
  • Customer Service / Technical Support (1998-1999)

Digital City Design (.com)

  • Entrepreneur (1998-1999)