About Michael Gordon

Thanks for visiting.  I’m Michael Gordon, formerly of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where I was a professor for 37 years. My teaching, research, and writing focused on three things: social entrepreneurship, using money to create a better world, and businesses that do what I think they’re supposed to — creating genuine opportunity for everyone, not just stockholders (and, of course, respecting the planet). Since retiring in 2021, I’ve continued to support and mentor heart- and Earth-friendly changemakers, and I’ve done a lot of volunteering where loving-kindness and compassion are put into practice.  I’m eager to share with you what I’ve learned.

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I’ve got an undergrad degree in psychology (after also studying math, philosophy, and, for a while, music), and two advanced degrees in computer science. I was a business professor starting in the mid 1980s, playing all the parts from assistant professor to full professor, from department chair (for a long time) to associate dean and faculty director of the Center for Social Impact. I once focused on technical issues, including designing search engines, but for the last ~2 decades of my career I moved over to consider how business can be used as a force for good in society.


A.B., Psychology, University of Michigan, 1974
M.S., Computer Science, University of Michigan, 1981
Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Michigan, 1984


University of Michigan
Associate Dean of Information Technology, 2002-2005
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Business Information Technology, 2000-present
Professor, Business Information Technology (formerly Computer and Information Systems), 1998-present
Department Chair, 1995-2002, 2005-2006
Associate Professor, Computer and Information Systems, 1991-1998
Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Systems, 1984-1991

Bell Communications Research (Bellcore)
Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical) 1993-1994

Wayne State University
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, 1983-84


Computerworld Honors Laureate: “Information Technology Champions,” April 2005.

Computerworld/Smithsonian Laureate: “Interactive Simulation of Business Processes Using the Internet,” April 2000.

Computerworld/Smithsonian Laureate: “Research Laboratory for Electronic Commerce (e-Lab),” April 2000.

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Business Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship.


W.K.Kellogg Foundation, 2008. “Base of the Pyramid Protocol for Southern Africa.” (Stef Coetze, Michael Gordon, Stuart Hart). $300,000.

W.K.Kellogg Foundation, 2006. “A Base of the Pyramid Learning Lab for Southern Africa.” (Stef Coetze, Michael Gordon, Stuart Hart). $150,000.

National Science Foundation, 2002. “Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Commerce.” (Jeffrey Mackie-Mason, Michael Gordon, Michael Wellman). $2,700,000.

Intel Corporation, 2000. “A Joint-Degree in e-Business.” (Michael Gordon, Jeffrey Mackie-Mason, Michael Wellman). $200,000.

IBM Shared University Research Grant, 1999. “e-Lab and commKnowledge.” P.I. $65,000

AT&T/Lucent Research Grant, 1997. “Literature-based Discovery.” P.I. $20,000.

AT&T Faculty Research Grant, 1994. “Information Acts.” P.I. along with Scott Moore. $20,000.

Rackham Faculty Research Grant, University of Michigan, 1992-1993. $10,000.