Michael Conger

Assistant Professor

Management & Entrepreneurship


Academic Background

  • Ph.D. in Management & Entrepreneurship - University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Master of Business Administration - Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance - Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship - Farmer School of Business, Miami University (2014-Present)
  • Ph.D. Candidate - Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado (2010-2014)
  • Senior Business Analyst/Project Manager - ITA Group, Inc., Des Moines, IA
  • Team Lead/Senior Developer - FBL Financial - Emerging Business & Technology Group, Des Moines, IA
  • Team Lead/Senior Developer - Datatel, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  • Lead Developer/Software Architect - BankOne Corp (now JP Morgan), Columbus, OH
  • Director of Internet Services - Revolutions, Inc., Columbus, OH
  • Co-Founder/CTO -, Columbus, OH
  • Web Developer/Designer - Ohio State University - Dept. of Agricultural Economics., Columbus, OH

Recent Publications

  • Conger, Michael, Jeffery S. McMullen, Brian J. Bergman Jr., Jeffrey G. York. 2017. €œCategory Membership, Identity Control, and the Reevaluation of Prosocial Opportunities.€ In press at Journal of Business Venturing
  • Young, Susan, Chris Welter, Michael Conger. 2017. €œStability vs. Flexibility: The Effect of Regulatory Institutions on Opportunity Type.€ In press at Journal of International Business Studies
  • Sarason, Yolanda, Michael Conger. 2017. €œOntologies and Epistemologies in ‘Knowing’ the Nexus in Entrepreneurship: Burning Rice Hay and Tracking Elephants” In press at International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Cannatelli, Benedetto, Brett Smith, Alessandro Giudici, Jessica Jones, Michael Conger. 2016 “An Expanded Model of Distributed Leadership During Organizational Knowledge Creation in Social Entrepreneurship.” Long Range Planning, 50(5), 582-602.
  • Jones, Jessica, Brett Smith, Michael Conger. 2017. €œNow We See In a Mirror, Dimly: Co-construction of Image and Identity in Nascent Hybrid Organizations.€ In press at Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
  • York, Jeffrey G., Siddharth Vedula, Michael Conger, David R. Hekman. 2016 €œGreen to Gone?: How Institutional Logics Impact the Survival of Social Entrepreneurs.€ In press at Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.
  • Conger, Michael and Jeffrey G. York. 2013. €œThe Evolution of the Green Building Supply Industry: Entrepreneurial Entrants and Diversifying Incumbents.€ in R. Henn and A. Hoffman (Eds.) Constructing Green. MIT Press
  • Conger, Michael. 2012. €œThe Role of Personal Values in Social Entrepreneurship.€ in J. Kickul and S. Bacq (Eds.) Patterns in Social Entrepreneurship Research. Edward Elgar
  • Dinger, Jennifer, Michael Conger, Carla Bustamante, 2012. €œI Am Joplin: Community Identity and Entrepreneurship After Natural Disasters.€ Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 33(6), 3.

Honors & Awards

  • Finalist - Fall, 2012 PhD Teaching Award, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Recipient - 2012 Gerald Hart Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • Recipient - 2011 Society for Business Ethics Founders' Award
  • Winner - 2007 Big 12 North Business Case Competition
  • Finalist - 2007 All Big 12 Business Case Competition
  • Best Presenter - 2007 Big 12 North Business Case Competition
  • Best Presenter - 2007 Iowa State MBA Business Case Competition
  • Winner - 2006-07 Iowa State MBA Team of the Year


Michael Conger is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. His research and teaching focus on how entrepreneurial action can contribute to solving social and environmental problems and the ways in which social enterprises are changing the role of business and organizations in society.

Michael received his Ph.D. in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His dissertation work at CU focused on the emergence of social/sustainable enterprise and the Benefit Corporation in the United States. Michael’s expertise lies in the areas of hybrid organizations, social and environmental entrepreneurship, social movements and collective action, public/private partnerships, social and institutional change, identity, values, ethics, and the role of business in society.

Michael recently received the 2011 Founders’ Award from the Society for Business Ethics. He has presented his research at the Darden Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference; BCERC; NYU/Stern Social Entrepreneurship Conference; SEE Conference on Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship; Society for Business Ethics, and the Academy of Management. Michael’s recent publications include articles in Patterns of Social Entrepreneurship (Edward Elgar), Constructing Green (MIT Press), and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 2012 (Babson).

Prior to entering academia, Michael worked for 12 years as a software engineer, business analyst, project manger, and director in the consulting, insurance, investment banking, medical supply, and software industries. He also co-founded two technology startups and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations.

Michael grew up in the woods and on the lakes of Northern Wisconsin and now lives in Oxford, OH with his wife, Kim and their two children, Katie and Andy.


  • SPRING 2018
  • ESP 201C F 8:30AM-11:10AM 2046 FSB
  • ESP 201D R 2:50PM-5:30PM 2046 FSB

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Spring 2018
  • F 11:30AM-1:00PM
  • or by appointment


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