Faculty & Research

Michael Garrison

Professor : Ethics and Business Law Department

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Michael J. Garrison is the associate dean for Faculty and Scholarship in the Opus College of Business. As associate dean, he coordinated the college’s successful effort to secure accreditation from the Association to Advance collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2010.

He joined the college in 2005 as a professor of business law and served as the chair of the Department of Ethics and Business Law from 2007-09. Garrison has received numerous awards and honors for his teaching and research. Over the course of his academic career, he has developed and taught courses in international law, Internet law, cybersecurity, advanced commercial law, negotiation and dispute resolution. He continues to teach a course in the Full- time UST MBA program titled Ethical Leadership and Corporate Accountability, a strategy-level course in law and ethics team-taught with Kenneth Goodpaster, the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics. 

Garrison has an extensive record of publications, including scholarly journal articles, textbooks and teaching materials. He has four articles in the American Business Law Journal, the premier scholarly journal in the business law discipline, three of which received the prestigious Ralph Hoeber Award for research excellence. His current research focuses on non-compete agreements and trade secrets.

Garrison received a bachelor of science degree in economics from North Dakota State University in 1976 and a J.D. (with distinction) from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1979. Prior to joining the business school faculty at NDSU, he practiced law in Fargo, North Dakota, specializing in commercial litigation, a practice he continued on a part-time basis during his 20-year tenure at NDSU.


Academic Background

B.S., economics, North Dakota State University
J.D., (with distinction) University of North Dakota School of Law

Research Specialties

  • Intellectual property
  • Employment law
  • E-Commerce law

Current Research

  • Assurance of Learning
  • Employee non-compete agreements and trade secrets

Major Works

  • Garrison, Michael and Richard J. Rexeisen, "Faculty Ownership of the Assurance of Learning Process: Determinants of Faculty Engagement and Continuing Challenges," Journal of Education for Business, Forthcoming.
  • Rexeisen, Richard J. and Michael Garrison, "Closing-the-Loop in Assurance of Learning Programs: Current Practices and Future Challenges," Journal of Education for Business 88:5 (2013): 280-285.
  • Garrison, Michael and John T. Wendt, "The Evolving Law of Employee Non-Competes: Recent Trends and Alternative Policy Approach,"America Business Law Journal 45:1 (2008): 107-186.
  • "Limiting the Protection of Employees from Compelled Non-Compete Agreements under State Whistleblower Laws: A Critical Analysis of Maw v. Advanced Clinical Communications," The Labor Lawyer 20 (2005).
  • Garrison, Michael and C. D. Stevens, "Sign this Agreement Not to Compete or You’re Fired! Noncompete Agreements and the Public Policy Exception to Employment at Will,"  Employee Responsibilities & Rights Journal 15 (2003).
  • Garrison, Michael,  J. D. Reitzel and R. Bennett, American Law of Real Estate. South-Western Pub. Co., 2002.
  • Garrison, Michael and T. Knoepfle, "Limited Liability Company Interests As Securities: A Proposed Framework For Analysis," American Business Law Journal 34 (1996).
    Significant Scholarly Honors
  • Distinguished Educator Award, NDSU Blue Key Fraternity, 1999
  • Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Excellence in Research, American Business Law Journal, Vol. 34
  • Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Best Overall Article & Award for Best Major Article, American Business Law Journal, Vol. 27
  • Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Best Overall Article & Articles' Editor Award for Best Major Article, American Business Law Journal, Vol. 25
  • Teacher of the Year Award, NDSU College of Business Administration, 1992

Current Editorial Board Appointments

  • Journal of Law, Business and Ethics, Advisory Board Member
  • Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Articles Reviewer
  • American Business Law Journal, Articles Reviewer