I am very saddened to hear the news of Mike's passing. He will be remembered as a co-author, mentor, and dear friend. I am grateful and indebted to Mike for all the learning moments, laughs, inspiration, and time shared with young scholars like myself. Mike was always ready to help by providing valuable advice and referring to his experiences and war stories in the time of need. He was a treasure trove of resources and tacit knowledge about our field and always a source of inspiration and a fountain of energy. He will be sorely missed and caringly remembered. RIP and thank you one last time.
Yuliya Snihur, Ph.D.
Toulouse Business School
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=NLp1iBcAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
I had the honor of serving as an ENT Division officer when Mike was serving as Chair and, later, as Past Chair. I thus had the chance to admire his brilliant and creative insights, his effective leadership, and the relaxed, informal and fun atmosphere that he always managed to create. I remember the very last executive meeting he attended as Past Chair. One of the newly elected officers asked: "Who is the outgoing Past Chair?" Grinning cheerfully Mike replied: "The one with the smile!!!" But Mike was always smiling; it was always a great pleasure having him around. I'm sure you'll all agree he was one of the smartest and most pleasant colleagues we ever met. Pramodita Sharma and I co-edited a special issue with Mike, which had to do with "learning and educating around the world": as others have already mentioned above, this has been a defining feature of Mike's career and life. He planted in all of us many seeds of knowledge and goodwill that will continue to bring fruits. And they will last forever.
In hearing about Mike's passing, I started to think about when and where i had met him, and It was so long ago (30+ years), that I can't really remember the first time. I do remember the multiple times in many capacities in which Mike was of great help, his enthusiasm, his love of the field and of research and the camaraderie and good cheer he expressed. Few individuals have done more for the field, both in terms of socialization, of pushing the boundaries, and in terms of total contribution. I will definitely miss him. I will be hard to think of a Babson or AOM conference without him. Rest in Peace
Mike was not only a brilliant scholar and a kind person, but also a person I could trust, always giving this bit of advice that only someone who knew the world of academia inside out could give. He knew how to work with people and was often the 'glue' of teams of co-authors that he put together. I remember I asked him how he managed to edit 10 books and 20 special issues at a time with so many people. He just knew the whole world.
A lot of Mike's work at the beginning of his career was done around privatization in Russia, CIS, and CEE, corporate governance, and strategy in emerging economies. Some of his most cited works – e.g., AMJ (2000) and JMS (2005) are from that period. His research reached into so many different areas – entrepreneurship (he is the most cited scholar in the field of entrepreneurship only according to Google Scholar), private equity and buyouts, university spin-outs, and many others (according to his Imperial web site, he has written over 40 books and more than 300 papers in academic and professional journals, but even that is probably an understatement!).
He agreed to become one of my supervisors shortly after he joined Imperial College in 2011. I was doing work on corporate governance in Russia and he was still interested in this field. I remember our first supervision meetings. Mike would sit in front of his computer, halfway turned towards me, and while I was bubbling away about my progress, he would listen, comment, occasionally refer to a JMS or SMJ article from a few years ago (he literally knew by heart the content of each issue) and AT THE SAME TIME write editorial decision letters, edit manuscripts, respond to emails, and many other things like arranging his train rides between Nottingham and London. I learned to share Mike's time with many other people. This is how Mike worked, and this is why he was so prolific. After I graduated, I continued to work with Mike and published my first paper with him, and then another paper... We went on to organize an SMS extension on state capitalism in 2018 where he did a brilliant keynote speech (pictured after), secured a contract with Oxford University Press for the Handbook on State Capitalism, amongst other projects..
As many know, Mike was a huge fan of Bob Dylan. His skype profile was Bob Dylan's picture. He was also a BlackBerry fan. Hence he was either responding a second later or never.
I am sure there would be many aspects of Mike's work or his wonderful personality that people would remember. This is Mike how I will always remember him. I have been lucky enough to work with him, and I will continue to work on the projects we started, for him, for his legacy.Anna GrosmanLecturer in Innovation and EntrepreneurshipLoughborough University London
Many thanks for the opportunity to share memories about Mike.I first contacted Mike in 2006 as a doctoral student. Mike was the leading scholar in my area (academic entrepreneurship) and his support secured me a Post Doctoral grant in Norway and the opportunity to visit Nottingham University for 6 months. He introduced me to the group and provided everything I needed for a productive stay (I even borrowed his office for a short period). Since then, I have always been impressed by Mike's responsiveness and dedication to provide feedback. Even to me as a young post doc, he was always precise and well prepared to our meetings, and in all our communication throughout the years I could trust that he always responded extremely quickly and thoroughly. Given his workload and responsibilities, Mike's ability to keep his promises and deliver above expectations was extraordinary.Working with Mike has been decisive for the development of my research career in several ways. He has been a highly active and dedicated contributor on the papers we have co-authored. Through our joint work, I have learned a lot about doing high-quality research that has been of crucial importance for all my research and an important basis for supervising my own PhD students. He has been an enthusiastic promotor of our research, sharing his network and always positive to contribute in workshops, research grant applications, and special issues. Working with Mike was always a pleasure, with a good dose of humor, Bob Dylan quotes, smiles and laughs.I know that Mike has promoted the careers of many researchers and acted as a networker bringing together people and opportunities. His achievements extends far beyond his scientific production. As an academic, Mike was very versatile. He was working with both young and well-established scholars from across the globe, contributing to theory as well as practice, and across many different subjects. Mike was a truly complete academic, who was not resting on his laurels, but actively taking part in and sharing his experience in all parts of academic life. By his inclusive approach, combined with hard work and dedication to research, Mike is a role model for all academics and beyond.Mike, you will be sorely missed and remembered with respect and gratitude.
Mike, you always exemplified what the ENT community is all about – collegiality, mentorship, hard work, dedication, and fun. You will be sorely missed. Your brilliant contributions will live on in the literature and in the community you helped build. Heartfelt condolences to Mike's family, friends, and colleagues.____________________________________Helena Yli-RenkoLloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial StudiesMarshall School of BusinessUniversity of Southern California
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