Michael Howard

Academic Director, McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor


Michael Howard is the Academic Director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship and an Associate Professor in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He completed an MBA with a concentration in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His industry experience includes eight years in corporate finance with Intel, during which he worked as a senior finance manager in the Desktop Products Group, managing product cost forecasts and financial strategy for Intel’s long-term microprocessor product roadmap. His research interests include technology and innovation management, organizational genealogy, entrepreneurship, and social network analysis. His work has been accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Social Networks.

Research Interests

Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Network Analysis


Title Year Type

The Spawning of Ecosystems: How Cohort Effects Benefit New Ventures

Academy of Management Journal

2019 Article

Knowledge Dependence and the Formation of Director Interlocks

Academy of Management Journal

2017 Article

Friends or Strangers? It All Depends on Context: A Replication and Extension of Beckman, Haunschild, and Phillips (2004)

Strategic Management Journal

2016 Article

Learning to Collaborate through Collaboration: How Allying with Expert Firms Influences Collaborative Innovation with Novice Firms

Strategic Management Journal

2016 Article

Understanding Network Formation in Strategy Research: Exponential Random Graph Models

Strategic Management Journal

2016 Article

Parent Inheritance, Founder Expertise, and Venture Strategy: Determinants of New Venture Knowledge Impact

Journal of Business Venturing

2015 Article

The Compensatory Relationship between Technological Relatedness, Social Interaction, and Knowledge Flow between Firms

Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

2012 Article