Texas Tech University

Michael R. Ryan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practice; Executive Director - Institute for Leadership Research; Executive Director - Center for Entrepreneurship & Family Business

Email: michael.r.ryan@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.3175

Office Hours: By appointment

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 Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology (2008)

Area of Expertise:
 Leadership Development, Team Development, Product Innovation, Project Management

Michael Ryan

About Michael

Michael Ryan's research interests include leadership development, team development, product innovation, and project management. His most recent efforts concentrated on leadership challenges for virtual teams. His notion of ambassadorial leadership integrates ideas from social network theory, boundary spanning, and transformational leadership into a unified framework. Mike brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his work as an academic. This experience includes leadership roles in the airfreight and logistics fields. He also founded and subsequently sold his own logistics company and in 1989 started an IT venture that addressed the computing needs of the SMB market. As a consultant, he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and IBM. Prior to joining Texas Tech, Michael was an adjunct faculty member at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he co-founded the Stevens Institute for Technical Leadership, a University-supported initiative to meet the needs of the technically focused corporate community


  • Ryan, M. R., & Cogliser, C. (2011). Ambassadorial Leader Behavior and Its Relationship with Virtual Team Performance. Paper presented at the 44th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Kauai, HI.
  • Ryan, M. R. (2010). Leadership Virtual Teamwork: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration (pp. 17-43): John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Ryan, M. R. (2008). Ambassadorial Leadership Behavior: A Research Study on Influencing Virtual Team Performance: ProQuest.
  • Reilly, R. R., & Ryan, M. R. (2008). Ambassadorial Leadership and E-Collaborative Teams Encyclopedia of E-Collaboration (pp. 21-28): IGI Global, Hershey, PA.
  • Ryan, M. R., & Reilly, R. R. (2007). Ambassadorial Leadership: A Pilot Study of a Model for Leading Virtual Teams. Paper presented at the Working Conference on Virtuality and Virtualization, Portland, OR.
  • Ryan, M. R., & Reilly, R. R. (2007). Ambassadorial Leadership Virtuality and Virtualization (Vol. 236, pp. 169-182): Springer US, Boston, MA.
  • Ryan, M. (2007). Leadership Behaviors and Virtual Teams. Current Issues in Technology Management, 11(2).
  • Reilly, R. R., & Ryan, M. (2007). Leadership in virtual teams. Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management., Stevens Institute of technology: Howe School Forum.
  • Ryan, M. R. (2006). Gray Markets, Intellectual Property Rights, and Trade Agreements in the International Marketplace. Paper presented at the Technology Transfer Society (T2S) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Reilly, R. R., Sobel-Lojeski, K., & Ryan, M. R. (2006). Leadership and organizational citizenship behavior in e-collaborative teams Emerging trends and challenges in information technology management (pp. 704-705): Idea Group Inc.
  • Reilly, R. R., Sobel-Lojeski, K., & Ryan, M. R. (2006). Leadership and organizational citizenship behavior in e-collaborative teams. Paper presented at the Information Resources Management Association International Conference Washington, D.C.
  • Shenhar, A., Dvir, D., Milosevic, D., Mulenburg, J., Patanakul, P., Reilly, R., . . . Srivannaboon, S. (2005). Toward a NASA-specific project management framework. Engineering Management Journal, 17(4), 8-16.
  • Ryan, M. R., & Reilly, R. R. (2005). Transformational and charismatic leadership in project management: A contingency model. Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology (PICMET).
  • Ryan, M. R. (2005). The Role of the Opinion Leader and Charismatic Leader Regarding Diffusion of the Disruptive Innovation. Paper presented at the The Product Development and Management Association: Innovation in Global Product Development, San Diego, CA.

Teaching Activities

Undergraduate Courses

  • Organizational Management BA 3305:  Fall 2008 - Present
  • Organizational Behavior - MGT 3376:  Fall 2008, Spring 2014
  • Leadership Ethics - MGT 4373:  Fall 2012
  • Team Leadership - MGT 4389: Spring & Fall 2013

Graduate Courses

  • Leadership And Ethics - MGT 5372:  Spring 2009 - Present
  • Organizational Behavior and Design - MGT 5371:  Summer 2010
  • Family Business - MGT 5378:  Spring 2013
  • Applied Entrepreneurship - MGT 5379:  Fall 2011