Michael DeVaughn

Associate Professor, Management


(651) 962-4297

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 455B
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., Organization Theory and Strategy, University of Wisconsin
M.B.A., , Indiana University
B.A., , Brown University

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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 and Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2003 - 2008)
  • Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2002 - 2002)
  • Lecturer (Instructor), University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison (1999 - 2001)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison (1997 - 1998)
  • Vice President, Fleet Boston Financial Group (Bank of America), Boston (1992 - 1997)
  • Marketing Manager, PepsiCo, Inc.(Pizza Hut Division), Wichita (1990 - 1992)
  • Brand Management Intern, Ralston Purina Co. (Pet Foods Division), St. Louis (1989 - 1989)
  • Banking Officer, Fleet National Bank, Providence (1986 - 1989)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society

Professional Service
  • Journal of Business Venturing., Reviewer
  • Strategic Management Society, Reviewer
  • Ph. D Project - Academy of Management,
  • MFCA - Management Faculty of Color Association,
  • Group & Organization Management Journal, Reviewer

Public Service
  • Minneapolis Public Schools and Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Joint Youth Commission, Committee Member
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Dignity Center, Committee Member
  • Minneapolis Parks & Recreation, Board Member

Major Works
  • DeVaughn, M. L., & Leary, M. M. (2010). Antecedents of failure in recently chartered banks in the U.S. banking industry. Group and Organization Management, (35)(5), pp. 666-695
  • Leary, M. M., & DeVaughn, M. L. (2009). Entrepreneurial team characteristics that influence the successful launch of a new venture. Management Research News, (32)(6), pp. 567-579
  • Fischer, H. M., Brown, J., Porac, J. F., Wade, J. B., DeVaughn, M. L., & Kanfer, A. (2002). Mobilizing Knowledge in Interorganizational Alliances. In N. Bontis and C. W. Choo (Ed.), Mobilizing knowledge in interorganizational alliances (pp. 523-535). New York: Oxford University Press
  • Miner, A. S., Eesley, D. T., DeVaughn, M. L., & Plley-Rura, T. (2002). The Entrepreneurship Dynamic: Origins of Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Industries. In C. Schoonhoven and E. Romanelli (Ed.), The magic beanstalk vision: Commercializing university inventions and research (pp. 109-146). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Research Interests
  • Banking
  • Entrepreneurship Strategy

Awards and Honors
  • Journal Best Paper Award (Macro Category), Sage Publications/Group & Organization Management, 2011
  • Academy of Management, Management Consulting Division, 2007

  • "Learning to survive: Capitalizing on initial strategic decisions and founding team resources to outlasting the financial crisis" Strategic Management Society, Madrid, Spain, September 01, 2014
  • "An exploration of massively open online courses (MOOCs)" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014
  • "The influence of founding team and consultant knowledge on new venture launch speed" Strategic Management Society, Prague, Czech Republic, October 01, 2012
  • "Can new firms accurately forecast performance?: The effects of insider and outsider knowledge" Strategic Management Society, Rome, Italy, September 01, 2010
  • "A facet model of full-time MBA student satisfaction: Program design, delivery and outcomes" Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada, August 01, 2010
  • "The influence of founding team and consultant knowledge on new venture launch speed" Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois, August 01, 2009
  • "Insider knowledge and outsider knowledge: Effects on new venture forecasting accuracy" Organizational Learning, Knowledge & Capabilities (OLKC), Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 01, 2009
  • "Capitalizing on ENTR founding team knowledge: Ownership and team membership effects on new venture launch speed" Strategic Management Society, Cologne, Germany, January 01, 2008
  • "CEO embeddedness and founding team experience: Predictors of a successfully launched new venture?" Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, January 01, 2008
  • "Reaching for a life preserver?: Antecedents and consequences of using consultants in startup firms" Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 01, 2007
  • "The influence of prior shared experience of founders on new Founders on New Bank Performance: A Contingent View" Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 01, 2007
  • "Tell me who your friends are: Networks, identity and performance in Florida startup banks" Strategic Management Society, San Diego, California, January 01, 2007
  • "A call for help: When startups seek outsider assistance in new ventures" Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia, January 01, 2006
  • "Stricter Rules, Looser Governance: Board Monitoring and Their Joint Performance Effects in Commercial BankingStricter rules, looser governance: Board monitoring and their joint performance effects in commercial banking" Institutional Mechanisms for Industry Self-Regulation Conference Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 01, 2006
  • "Prior shared experience working together: Key to new venture team success?" Strategic Management Society, Orlando, Florida, January 01, 2005
  • "The Charter Choice of New Banks: How Organizational Form Impacts Experience and Interorganizational Learning Outcomes" Academy of Management, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 01, 2004
  • "Do External Advisors Know Best?: A Study of Initial Strategic Decisions, External Advisors and Firm Performance Among Startups in the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry" British Academy of Management Meetings, St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, August 01, 2004
  • "The Obstruction of Organizational Learning: Behavioral and Cognitive-Based Mechanisms that Disable Organizational Learning" European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities (OKLC),, Barcelona, Spain, January 01, 2003
  • "Starting Down the Path: The Drivers of Choice and Performance in De Novo Banks" Strategic Management Society, Baltimore, Maryland, January 01, 2003
  • "Too Much of a Good Thing?: Regulatory Protectionism and Learning in the U.S. Commercial Banking Industry" Academy of Management, Seattle, Washington, January 01, 2003