Michael Behnam

Title/s:  Dean

Office #:  Schreiber 627

Phone: 312.915.6115

Email: mbehnam@luc.edu


Michael Behnam, PhD, became the dean of the Quinlan School of Business on September 1, 2022.

He joined Loyola University Chicago from the Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University in Boston. As a faculty member and administrator, he was instrumental in building the Sawyer Business School into an institution that has experiential learning in a global context as its strategic focus. While in the dean's office, he significantly increased diversity among the faculty and led a DEI taskforce critically examining all aspects of the business school. Also under his leadership, graduate business student enrollment increased significantly and the school forged relationships with leading universities around the world.

Behnam has presented his research as an invited keynote speaker in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. He has consulted and provided executive education to world-renowned organizations like Andersen Consulting, BMW, Bose, DG Bank, IBM, and Siemens, among others.


  • MBA and PhD in Strategy and Ethics, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • PhD in International Management, EBS University, Wiesbaden, Germany

Professional Employment

  • Senior Associate Dean/Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Boston, 2012-22
  • Professor of Strategy and International Business, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Boston, 2011-22
  • Associate Professor of Management, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University, Boston, 2005-11
  • Chair, Department of International Management, European Business School, Germany, 2001-04
  • Assistant Professor of International Management, European Business School, Germany, 1998-2001
  • Co-Founder and CEO of a specialized consulting firm (Behnam & Gilbert), 1999-2010
  • Co-Director, Research Project “Ethical Conflicts of Multinational Corporations,” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Germany, 1993-99
  • Positions in investment banking prior to academia

Research Interests

  • Strategy
  • International Business
  • Business Ethics

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • The Economic Club of Chicago, 2024-present

Selected Publications

Dean Behnam has published extensively in outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Management, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Business and Society. His work has been cited more than 1,350 times (Google Scholar).

He is the author/ co-author of several book chapters and of three books, including the 8th edition of a textbook on Strategic Management (in German).