Michael Lawless, Ph.D.


V2 Pitch Competition, Founder

Dr. Mike Lawless leads Entrepreneurship initiatives at the School of Business Administration. Since 2011, he founded, and then tripled the scale of the V2 Pitch Competition and the USD Legacy Entrepreneurship Conference, among other innovations.


Mike researches and teaches Strategy, Managing Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. His research won the Academy of Management Review Best Article of 2011. He has won teaching awards and recognition at USD, Maryland, and Colorado.


He was previously professor at Maryland, Duke University and Colorado. He has taught PhD, MBA, Executive, and undergraduate students. He has been a visiting professor at INSEAD in Singapore, Warwick University, UK, UCLA, and Dartmouth. Mike has lectured at Oxford, IESE, and the University of Peking, among others. He has held national elected office in the Academy of Management. He holds the BS in Economics from the Tobin School, St John’s University.


His MBA and PhD are from the Anderson School, UCLA.