Michael P Ryan


Adjunct Professor - MSB Exec Ed Faculty
School of Foreign Service/Global Business and Center for Intercultural Education and Development


McDonough School of Business (MSB)
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Michael P. Ryan (PhD, Michigan) teaches and conducts research at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Center for Intercultural Education and Development regarding global geo-political business strategy, international political economy, and comparative institutions. He directs the MSB/SFS executive master of international business and policy social action projects and the Global Executive MBA and Executive MBA global capstone projects. He thereby organizes curriculum-integrative student projects focused on strategy, organization, and international institutions through international field research in collaborations with companies, public institutions, and international nongovernmental organizations in many countries around the world.

He teaches Global Innovation Strategy, a popular SFS global business course cross-listed with the Business School and the Culture, Communication, and Technology Program that studies innovation at multiple levels of analysis, including entrepreneurs and start-ups, imitative and innovative firms, and universities, social networks and public-private partnerships, metropolitan technology innovation clusters, national intellectual property and technology policies, and international trade agreements and diplomacy. He is completing a series of studies regarding emerging innovation clusters based on field research in Sao Paulo and Delhi, Beijing and Shanghai, and Amman and Kampala.

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. He is a member of the Cosmos Club and manages his son’s U13 travel soccer team.


  • 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