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Michael Haynie

Michael Haynie

Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship | Whitman School of Management
Vice Chancellor | Strategic Initiatives & Innovation | Syracuse University
Executive Director | Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Room: IVMF
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PhD, University of Colorado

Dr. Mike Haynie is Syracuse University’s Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, and also the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship. In 2018, Syracuse University named Haynie a University Professor, the most senior rank awarded to faculty at the University. Over the nearly 150-year history of Syracuse University, the institution has honored less than twenty individuals with the rank and title of University Professor.

As Vice Chancellor, Dr. Haynie leads a broad portfolio of responsibility centers and innovation initiatives, including the University’s robust portfolio of entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and cross-campus efforts to develop and enhance academic offerings for online and nontraditional students. Haynie also oversees the University’s government and community engagement strategy, as well as defense- and veteran-connected programs and initiatives across the Institution.

In 2011, Haynie founded Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF), the nation’s first interdisciplinary institute created to inform and advance the policy, economic, and wellness concerns of the America’s veterans and families. Today IVMF programs serve over 25,000 veterans annually, and the Institute is widely acknowledged as the nation’s leading academic voice related to issues impacting veterans and military-connected families. In 2013, Dr. Haynie’s efforts on behalf of veterans were the subject of a feature story by the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, titled “Succeeding as Civilians.”

Haynie is regarded as one of the world’s leading scholars related to entrepreneurial decision-making and strategy, and his research has been published in many of the world’s leading entrepreneurship and business journals. Dr. Haynie currently serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, the Journal of Management Studies, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. Over the past decade, his academic work has consistently garnered significant federal, state, foundation, and philanthropic funding.

Dr. Haynie has received numerous awards for his scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, and he routinely provides counsel to private and public sector leaders on issues related to small business, innovation, and veterans. In 2013, Haynie was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the Chairman of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment and Training. In 2015, the White House asked Haynie to serve again, this time as the vice chairman of a newly created Presidential Task Force, chartered to set the course for long-term reform at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. In 2019, Haynie was named to the prestigious HillVets100 list of the nation’s 100 most influential veterans, service members and veteran-community advocates. The following year, Advancing Diversity inducted him into its Hall of Honors for his commitment of diversity, equality and inclusion and Time magazine selected him as one of 16 people and groups fighting for a more equal America. In addition, Dr. Haynie is a current appointee to the CNBC Disruptor 50 Council – a group of world’s leading thinkers in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, who each year identify the 50 new ventures most likely to disrupt established industries and markets. Haynie also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Naval Health Research Center’s “Millennium Cohort Research Study,” and on the advisory board to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Veterans Coming Home project.

Haynie’s academic and advocacy work is often featured by the media, to include on the ABC Evening News, CBS News, CNBC, CNN, and Fox, and in print at outlets such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, INC Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher-Education, Fortune, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Dr. Haynie is also a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to major media outlets that have included the New York Times, The Hill, the New York Daily News, PolicyMic, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Wall Street Journal.

Haynie completed his PhD in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder, his MBA at the University of Oregon, and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware. Before beginning his academic career at Syracuse University, Haynie served for 14 years as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Research Topics

  • Decision-making
  • Entrepreneurial thinking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business opportunities
  • Social psychology
  • Business plans
  • Business school competitions
  • Meta-cognition
  • Entrepreneurial cognition
Professor Haynie's research is focused on investigating entrepreneurial decision-making, identity, and cognition. His research has been presented at the top entrepreneurship conferences and published in prestigious academic and industry journals.

Working Papers
  • "Habitual entrepreneurs? Possible cases of addiction to entrepreneurship? ", Journal of Business Venturing, 2015
  • "Making it personal: Opportunity individuation and the shaping of opportunity beliefs. ", Journal of Business Venturing, 2015
Selected Publications
  • "Habitual entrepreneurs: Possible cases of entrepreneurship addiction?", Journal of Business Venturing, 29, 651-667, 2015 (with Spivack, A., McKelvie, A.)
  • "What Matters, Matters Differently: A Con joint Analysis of the Decision Policies of Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists", Venture Capital, 2013 (with Hsu, D., McKelvie, A., Simmons, S.)
  • "Counterfactual Thinking and Entrepreneurial Self - Efficacy: The Moderating Role of Self - Esteem and Disp ositional Affect", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2013 (with Arora, P., Laurence, G.)
  • "The Varying Effects of Family Relationships in Entrepreneurial Teams", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2013 (with Brannon, D., Wiklund, J.)
  • "Confirmatory Search as a Useful Heuristic: Testing the Veracity of Entrepreneurial Conjectures", Journal of Business Venturing, 2012 (with Shepherd, D., McMullen, J.)
  • "Toward a Theory of Discontinuous Career Transition: Investigating Career Transitions Necessitated by Traumatic Life - Events", Journal of Applied Psychology, 2011 (with Shepherd, D.)
  • "I Like How You Think: Similarity as an Interaction Bias in the In vestor - Entrepreneur Dyad", Journal of Management Studies, 2011 (with Murnieks, C., Wilbanks, R., Harting, T.)
  • "Overcoming the Stigma of Bankruptcy: A Self - Justification Model of Bankruptcy Stigmatization", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 2011 (with Shepherd, D.)
  • "Unpacking the uncertainty construct: Implications for entrepreneurial action", Journal of Business Venturing, 26(3), 273-292, 2011 (with McKelvie, A., Gustavsson, V.)
  • "Cognitive Adaptability: The Role of Metacognition and Feedback in an Entrepreneurial Task", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2010 (with Shepherd, D., Peltgratz, H.)
  • "Entrepreneurial Spirals: Deviation Amplifying Loops of an Entrepreneurial Mindset and Organizational Culture", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2010 (with Shepherd, D., Peltgratz, H.)
  • "Family Business, Identity Conflict, and an Expedited Entrepreneurial Process: A Process of Resolving Identity Conflict", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 2010 (with Shepherd, D.)

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Scholar Award - Whitman School of Management (Syracuse University)
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence Award for Engaging the World
  • Orange Circle Award
  • 2009 Veterans Small Business Champion of the Year award - U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship Research Exemplar Award
  • Guttag Research Fellowship
  • McGraw-Hill/Irwin 2009 Award for Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy
  • Central New York “40 under 40” Award Recipient
  • Oberwager Prize
  • Research Promise IDEA Award
  • Syracuse, New York “Community Hall of Fame” Inductee
  • Michael Mescon Research Award
  • National Federation of Independent Business Award
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator Award
  • Snyder Memorial Award