Michael DeVaughn

Associate Professor, Management


(651) 962-4297

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

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

See publications in UST Research Online

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.

Summer 2018 Courses
Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses
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MGMT 799 - 121 Strategic Management See Details * *
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 42988 3 Credit Hours
An integrative approach to the formulation and implementation of organizational strategy and policy, this capstone course focuses on organizational performances as it relates to mission, goals and objectives. You will get practice defining multi-faceted problems and their causes; analyzing internal and external environments; reviewing key corporate and business strategies; formulating alternative strategic options; and addressing the challenges of implementation. Emphasis is on the ethical dimensions of problem solving at the general management level. The course will draw upon the analytical tools and managerial knowledge developed in all previous MBA courses, with application to both for profit and nonprofit organizations. -- Prerequisite: All core classes and two electives (MBA capstone class)
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 1201515-164506 Sep '18
SCH 1201515-164511 Sep '18
TMH 4601515-164513 Sep '18
SCH 1201515-1645- T - R - - -
J-Term 2019 Courses
J-Term 2019 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Faculty Program Director, Fulltime MBA, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2014 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2013 - 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)
  • Banking Officer, Fleet National Bank, Providence (1986 - 1989)
  • Brand Management Intern, Ralston Purina Co. (Pet Foods Division), St. Louis (1989 - 1989)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of Management
  • Management Faculty of Color
  • Strategic Management Society

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

Public Service
  • Compass 180, Board Member
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Adult Nurture, Committee Member
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Dignity Center, Committee Member
  • Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Staff/Parrish Relations, Committee Member
  • Minds Matter, Inc. Twin Cities, Board Member
  • Minneapolis Parks & Recreation, Board Member

  • DeVaughn, M. L., & Leary, M. M. (forthcoming). Learn by doing or learn by failing?: The paradoxical effect of public policy in averting the liability of newness. Group and Organization Management,
  • DeVaughn, M. L., & Leary, M. M. (forthcoming). The antecedents and impact of industry consultants on the future performance of new banks. Management Research Review,
  • Zheng, Y., DeVaughn, M. L., & Zellmer-Bruhn, M. (2016). Shared and shared alike? Founders' prior shared experience and impacts on performance or newly founded banks. Strategic Management Journal, (37)(12), pp. 2503-2520
  • 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 Review, (32)(6), pp. 567-579

Books and Chapters
  • 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
  • "Editor's Choice" Article, Group & Organization Management Journal, 2015
  • Academy of Management, Management Consulting Division, 2007
  • Best Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist, INFORMS/Organization Science, Management Consulting Division, 2002
  • Journal Best Paper Award (Macro Category), Sage Publications/Group & Organization Management, 2011

  • "Teaching strategy to undergraduate: Designing and delivering a successful capstone course in strategic management" Strategic Management Society, Berlin, Germany, September 01, 2016
  • "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
  • "CEO embeddedness and founding team experience: Predictors of a successfully launched new venture?" Academy of Management, Anaheim, California, January 01, 2008
  • "Capitalizing on ENTR founding team knowledge: Ownership and team membership effects on new venture launch speed" Strategic Management Society, Cologne, Germany, 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
  • "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
  • "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