Michael Lenox

Michael Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business and Professor of Public Policy; Senior Faculty Fellow, UVA Miller Center; Senior Advisor to the Dean, Darden

Education & Training
BS, University of Virginia
MS, University of Virginia
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael J. Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration and special advisor for the dean at the Darden School of Business; senior faculty fellow at the Miller Center, where he serves as an Academic Co-Director of the Project on Democracy and Capitalism; and professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Lenox's research has appeared in over thirty refereed academic publications and has been cited in dozens of media outlets including The New York Times, the Financial Times, and The Economist. He is the author of five books including his 2023 release, "Strategy in the Digital Age" from Stanford University Press. Since 2021, he has been the co-host of the podcast, "Good Disruption." 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. 

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. 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 includes books "Can Business Save the Earth" (2018) and "The Decarbonization Imperative" (2021) both from Stanford University Press. 

From 2016 to 2023, Lenox served as the Senior Associate Dean and Chief Strategy Officer for the Darden School. From 2008-2016, he served as Associate Dean of Innovation Programs and Academic Director of Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Before arriving at UVA in 2008, Lenox served as a tenured associate professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and as an assistant professor at New York University's Stern School of Business. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Harvard University, Oxford University and IMD. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the degrees of Bachelor and Master of Science in Systems Engineering from UVA.