Michael Troilo

Mike Trollo

Assistant Professor of International BusinessHelmerich Hall 302-D

My research focuses on the effects of institutions such as legal systems and cultural norms on entrepreneurship across countries. I examine how different institutional arrangements impact the likelihood of various types of entrepreneurial activity. I have a particular interest in studying entrepreneurship in Asia, especially China and Vietnam. The rules of the game in these two countries are changing constantly and the ramifications of this for new business are fascinating. I also study issues of cognitive processes and risk with regard to entrepreneurs.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Business Economics and International Business, University of Michigan, 2007
  • M.A. East Asian Studies, University of Virginia, 1999
  • M.B.A., General Management, University of Virginia, 1999
  • B.B.A., Accounting, The College of William and Mary, 1992

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • IB 3013 Cultural Context of International Business
  • IB 4013 Innovate: Topics in Technology and Globalization
  • IB 4973/6973 (Fall semester) World Economy
  • IB 4973/6973 (Spring semester) Doing Business in China
  • FIN 4063 International Business Finance

Areas of Research Focus

  • Institutions and Entrepreneurship
  • New Firms in China
  • Small Business Finance

Previous Teaching Experience

  • CSIB 310 World Economy, University of Virginia

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Controller, Earthking, Inc. 2002
  • Senior Financial Analyst, Terex, Inc. 2002
  • Pricing Analyst, IBM, 1999-2001
  • Senior CPA, Arthur Andersen, LLC, 1992-1996

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Management
  • Academy of International Business
  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Virginia

Awards & Recognition

  • 2010 - Top 50 Essayist, SEVEN Fund Morality of Profit Essay Competition (over 2,200 entries from 88 countries in this international contest)
  • 2010 - University of Tulsa Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee
  • 2010 - Collins College of Business Mayo Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2009 - International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship/Women in the Academy of International Business Emerging Scholar Award in Women's Entrepreneurship
  • 2009 - Collins College of Business Mayo Teaching Excellence Award Nominee
  • 2008- William H. Newman Award Nominee for Best Dissertation-Based Paper, Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division. Each division may only nominate one paper for this Academy-wide award
  • 2008- Finalist, European Association for Comparative Economics (EACES) Best Dissertation Award
  • 2008- Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management, International Management Division
  • 2008- Best Reviewer Award, Academy of International Business
  • 2007-2008- Tulsa University Faculty Development Research Fellowship


  • The role of total factor productivity in China's economic growth
    Sun, Z. and Troilo, M. (2011) forthcoming at European Journal of International Management, 5(5).
  • Real estate valuation, cognitive risk, and translational research
    Wofford, L., Troilo , M., and Dorchester, A. (2011) Journal of Property Investment & Finance, 29(4/5), pp. 385-408.
  • Caritas in Veritate, hybrid firms, and institutional arrangements
    Troilo, M. (2011. Journal of Markets & Morality, 14(1), 23-34.
  • Cognitive risk and real estate portfolio management
    Wofford, L., Troilo, M., and Dorchester A. (2011) Journal of Real Estate and Portfolio Management, 17(1), pp. 69-73.
  • Legal institutions and high-growth aspiration entrepreneurship
    Troilo, M. (2011) Economic Systems, 35(2), pp. 158-175.
  • Managing cognitive risk in real estate
    Wofford, L., Troilo,M., and Dorchester, A. (2010). Journal of Property Research, 27(3), pp. 269-287.
  • Values and female entrepreneurship
    Terrell, K. and Troilo, M. (2010).International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 2(3), 260-286. (authors contributed equally)
  • The limits of China's growth
    Sun, Z. and Troilo, M. (2010). Chinese Management Studies, 4(3), pp. 273-279. (authors contributed equally)
  • The role of trust for new SME creation: Differences in motivations and opportunities
    Troilo, M. (2010). International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 11(2), pp. 129-139.
  • Characteristics of China's urban entrepreneurs
    Troilo, M. (2005). International Journal of Entrepreneurial Education, 3(1), pp. 9-31. (renamed International Review of Entrepreneurship)