Faculty & Research

Michael L. DeVaughn

Assistant Professor : Management Department

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Michael L. DeVaughn teaches in the undergraduate business and part-time and full-time MBA programs. Prior to arriving at St. Thomas in 2008, DeVaughn taught at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in the school’s undergraduate business and part-time and full-time MBA programs. He has taught courses in organizational behavior, strategic management and strategic leadership.

DeVaughn’s research interests include organizational learning and entrepreneurship. Specifically, his work focuses on the role of different types and forms of experience in entrepreneurial founding teams and their implications for new firm outcomes.

Before his academic career, DeVaughn spent nearly 10 years working for Ralston Purina, PepsiCo and Fleet Financial Group (now Bank of America), where he was a vice president in the bank’s Commercial Services Group.

DeVaughn holds an undergraduate degree in economics and organizational behavior and management from Brown University, an M.B.A. in marketing and human resources management from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in business (strategy and organization theory) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Academic Background

B.A., economics, Brown University
M.B.A., marketing, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
Ph.D., organization theory and strategy, University of  Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business

Research Specialties

  • Organizational learning
  • Contextual and environmental impediments to learning in firms
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Founding team decisions and performance implications in new (banking) firms

Current Research

  • Effects of prior shared experience in new venture founding teams
  • Implications of outside consulting assistance on new firm performance
  • Entrepreneurial founding team characteristics and new venture launch speed
  • Contextual and environmental impediments to organizational learning 

Major Works

  • DeVaughn, Michael and Myleen Leary, "Antecedents of Failure for Newly Chartered Banks in the U.S. Banking Industry," Group & Organization Management 35:5 (2010): 666-695.
  • DeVaughn, Michael and Myleen Leary, "Entrepreneurial Team Characteristics that Influence the Successful Launch of a New Venture," Management Research Review 32:6 (2009): 567-579.
  • DeVaughn, Michael and Myleen Leary, "Consultants to the Rescue? Antecedents and Consequences of Hiring Consultants at Startup." In Best Paper Proceedings of the Sixty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (CD), ISSN 1543-8643, edited by George T. Solomon,  2007.
  • DeVaughn, M., H. Fischer, J. Brown, J. Porac, J. Wade and A. Kanfer, "Mobilizing Knowledge in Interorganizational Alliances." In The Strategic Management of Intellectual Capital and Organizational Knowledge: A Collection of Readings, edited by N. Bontis and C. W. Choo, 523-535. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • DeVaughn, M., A. Miner, D. Eesley and T. Rura-Polley, "The Magic Beanstalk Vision: Commercializing University Inventions and Research." In The Entrepreneurship Dynamic: Origins of Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Industries, edited by C. Schoonhoven and E. Romanelli, 109-146. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • Best Paper Award (Macro Category), Group & Organization Management Journal, 2011.
  • Best Paper Award,  Academy of Management, Management Consulting Division  2007.  (Graziadio School  of Business and Management/Pepperdine University Award for Outstanding Paper on the Practice of  Management  Consulting )
  • Strategic Management  Society, Entrepreneurship and Strategy Interest Group Junior Faculty Research  Workshop  competitive grant. (underwritten by the Kauffman Foundation), 2005.
  • Finalist, INFORMS/Organization Science Best Dissertation Proposal Competition, 2001
  • Vilas Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research (University of Wisconsin Graduate School), 2001
  • National Black MBA Scholarship (St. Louis Chapter)
  • Consortium for Graduate  Study in Management Fellowship