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Michael J. Lenox

Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 169
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., MS, University of Virginia
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Lenox was appointed to the Tayloe Murphy Professorship in Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, where he teaches the core MBA strategy course. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer. 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 twenty-five 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 explores firm strategies and non-traditional public policies that have the potential to drive "green" innovation and entrepreneurship.

INST 4200: Lawn Seminar
Credits: 1
Being a responsible leader requires a broad interest and understanding of the world in all its facets: arts, science, literature, philosophy, history, politics, and current affairs. The Lawn Seminar is designed to empower students to pursue rigorous inquiry into contemporary issues using a foundation in the liberal arts. This seminar is modeled after the famous undergraduate liberal arts seminar lead by Earnest "Boots" Mead at the University.
GBAC 7201: Enterprise Analytics II: Organizations and Strategy
Credits: 2
High performing organizations are driven by leaders who enable productive people and processes. This course helps students cultivate mind-sets and use tools to evaluate and influence people and be a valuable member of a team. Also, we will develop students┬┐ ability to analyze the organizational and external factors essential for crafting and executing a company┬┐s strategy for sustained success.
GBUS 7400: Strategic Thinking and Action
Credits: 2
This course develops students' ability to analyze the organizational and external factors essential for crafting and executing a firm's strategy for sustained success. The course draws heavily from the key concepts, frameworks, and tools of strategic management. Taking an action orientation, it reinforces and revitalizes the general-management perspective, the core mission of the school. Because of increasing global interdependence and an ever-shifting business environment, it emphasizes both the dynamics and the global aspects of strategic management. Topics include developing and evaluating strategy, building firm capability and sustaining competitive advantage, analyzing industry evolution and global rivalry, and linking strategy and execution. Course objectives are accomplished through exposure to cases from a range of industries and managerial settings. By providing students with an opportunity to apply analytical skills they learn in various first-year courses, the course fosters an integrative mind-set that will enable MBAs to operate at multiple levels and in different functions in their business careers.
GBUS 8500: Special Topics Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Each seminar is a course of study for students with special interests in business administration topics not currently included in the normal course offerings of the MBA Program. The seminar topics should be consistent with the objectives of the Second Year Program.
GBUS 8758: Strategy in the Digital Age
Credits: 2
We will explore the economic foundations of the digital economy. We will discuss how they impact the structure of industries and the nature of competition. This course will hone students' ability to evaluate, design, and execute a firm's strategy in the digital age. The primary objective of the course is to further develop your strategic thinking skills.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.
GBUS 9856: Strategy Doctoral Seminar
Credits: 3
The Strategy Doctoral Seminar is designed to introduce students to the strategy literature and the research approaches that strategy research uses. The course is geared towards first-year PhD students in business, though it is open to doctoral students from any discipline. We wil discuss the nature of scientific thought and inquiry, particularly as it applies to the social sciences.