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Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship


Tim Michaelis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

My Background

I grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and went to Western Guilford high school. After graduation, I went to college at NC State University and ended up staying for 10 years, finishing a masters in innovation management and a PhD in applied social psychology.


I currently work as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northern Illinois University. When I'm not focusing on research, I am generally playing golf or planning my next trip with my wonderful wife, Allison. Next on the bucket list is San Sebastián, Spain... and back to Scotland in 2020!



"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

-Mark Twain


Dedicated to Research & Teaching

My Hobbies

When I'm not at work, I love traveling, big mountain skiing, playing golf, white water rafting, playing board games, and relaxing at home watching movies. I am extremely passionate about investing, personal finance, and I'm always about 5-10 years ahead in my mind... I love planning for the future. Another hobby I enjoy is traveling the world and have been to almost every continent without ever paying for a plane ticket. I enjoy travel hacking / credit card churning in order to travel for nearly free... I have been doing this for about 10 years and I'm always happy to help others do the same. As Mark Twain said, "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

My Research

I focus primarily on developing original research around the topics of resourcefulness and the efficient (i.e., frugal) use of resources in entrepreneurial ventures. Overall, this work is to help increase the survival rates of startups and corporate spinoffs. Additional research interests I have include, (a) developing a clinical model for entrepreneurship teaching, research, and practice, (b) process modeling, longitudinal analysis, and experimental design, (c) self-regulation and regulatory focus in entrepreneurship, and (d) the intersection between mental health and entrepreneurial finance in association with venture outcomes (e.g., venture survival and performance).

Teaching Philosophy

In all of my courses I start with a value proposition to highlight the practical knowledge that will be gained and how to apply the course content to solve real world problems. To develop an entrepreneurial mindset in students, I focus on developing deep critical thinking skills through root cause analysis, technical writing, analytical thinking, the socratic method. Furthermore, in all of my courses, I always conduct a lecture on personal finance. I am a Boglehead at heart and passionate about all things finance and in living a frugal lifestyle. I've found that personal finance courses are largely absent from high school, undergraduate, and graduate curriculum across all disciplines and I seek to fix this problem. Overall, my teaching philosophy is to help all of my students to be prepared for life and to be self sufficient critical thinkers.




Peer Reviewed 

Highlighted Research​

The Frugal Entrepreneur: A Self- regulatory Perspective of Resourceful Entrepreneurial Behavior

Michaelis, T. L., Carr, J. C., Scheaf, D., Pollack, J. M. (In press). Journal of Business Venturing.

Gender Bias and Venture Funding: Discussing Bias in the Entrepreneurship Classroom. Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy.

Michaelis, T. L., Pollack, J. M., Mulvey, P. W., Ritter, B., Carr, J. C. (In press). Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy.

Innovation culture and the performance of new product launches: A global study. 

Michaelis, T. L., Aladin, R., & Pollack, J. M. (2018). Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 9, 116-127.


Knowledge for Every Level



MBA 580 - Strategy

Core strategy course integrating tools such as PESTEL analysis, Porter's 5 Forces, SWOT analysis, Value Chain, among others with real world business cases and an applied project.

MBA 550 - Management of Technology

Converting new technologies into viable products by critically evaluating customer needs in order to launching new ventures or corporate spinoffs.

MBA 590 - Special Topics: Data Driven Decision Making

Using analytical and statistical modeling to help improve critical business decisions to support innovation.

Voice of the Customer analysis, Survey Development, R programming


MIE 310 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

MIE 412 - Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs

MIE 201 - Introduction to Business Processes


Introduction to R programming, statistical modeling, and data visualization

From installing R and R Studio, getting statistical packages installed, organizing data, plots, and running simple statistical analysis. This course is designed as a short 1 day or "1 credit hour" introductory course.

Process Modeling: Understanding Time as a Variable (Graduate Short Course Only)

An introduction to Growth Modeling, Measurement Invariance, Mediation, Multi-level mediation, Time lagged regression, and Panel Models in R. Recommended pre-requisites: Regression and Structural Equation Modeling.

Developing Value Propositions and Evaluating Business Models

An applied, intensive, workshop designed to perfect a new ventures value proposition. Designed to help identify unique customer problems (i.e., needs), segment and validate first customers, and improve one's chances of getting investment from Angels and Venture Capitalists. 




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