Michael P Ryan


Adjunct Professor - MSB Exec Ed Faculty


McDonough School of Business (MSB)
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Michael P. Ryan, PhD

Michael P. Ryan (PhD, Michigan) teaches international business diplomacy in the Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service master of foreign service program and international business in the Georgetown McDonough School of Business executive MBA and master of international business programs. He conducts research regarding international public and private strategic leadership, organization, partnerships, and comparative institutions and innovation clusters, especially in emerging markets.

He is carrying out a multi-year series of studies of emerging market innovation clusters based on field research in Brazil, China, India, Jordan, and East Africa. In 2015 he carried out study of S&T talent recruitment and retention strategies among Chinese and American companies in Beijing and Shanghai. He co-organizes an annual Fudan University School of Management-Georgetown innovation and entrepreneurship forum in Shanghai. He has carried out comparative study of the innovation eco-systems in the Sao Paulo, Delhi, and Bangalore clusters and the “Bollywood” creative cluster. In Brazil he established collaboration with the Brazilian Industrial Property Institute, has given seminars to the Brazilian National Development Bank and the federal and State of Sao Paulo Judicial Academies, and co-organized a series of multi-stakeholder workshops with the University of Sao Paulo Center for Technology Policy and Management. His study of intellectual property policy reforms and the emergence of bio-medical technology innovation in Sao Paulo appeared in World Development. He has studied HIV/AIDS public-private partnerships in Uganda and has edited a special issue of Business Ethics Quarterly regarding patents, biomedical innovation, and medicine access. He drafted the patent laws of Jordan and advised the Royal Scientific Society, Princess Sumaya University of Technology, and Young Entrepreneurs Association in Amman.

He is the author of Knowledge Diplomacy: Global Competition and the Politics of Intellectual Property and Playing by the Rules: American Trade Power and Diplomacy in the Pacific and his articles regarding international trade and intellectual property institutions have appeared in Asian Survey, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of World Trade, and in the international law journals of American, Cardozo, Michigan, Northwestern, and Pennsylvania universities.

He has lectured and conducted research in Algeria, Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, the Palestinian Territories, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and in Geneva. He served on the faculty of the Michigan Business School, was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a guest lecturer at China University of Law and Political Science, and founded a center regarding emerging economy creative and innovative industries and institutions at the George Washington University Law School.


  • Ph.D. () University of Michigan, Political Science
  • M.A. () University of Michigan, Political Science
  • M.A. () Ohio State University, Philosophy
  • B.A. () University of Akron, Political Science