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Michael Ehrlich, Director

Associate Professor of Finance, MT School of Management

Associate Professor Michael Ehrlich, PhD, the newly appointed Director of the Henry J and Erna D Leir Research Institute for Business, Technology, and Society (LRI), had an international Wall Street career before joining NJIT’s Martin Tuchman School of Management. Upon leaving Wall Street, Ehrlich started a small technology company that he sold in 2007. 

Ehrlich’s research focus is on financial markets and institutions, especially early stage companies, with an emphasis on 1) innovation, entrepreneurship, and the commercialization of technology; and 2) market failures.  As Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, he promotes the cross pollination of scholarly research with practitioner cases to foster real world impact. Ehrlich founded and directs the New Jersey Innovation Acceleration Center and was awarded an NSF I-Corps Site grant to support the commercialization of technology. 

As LRI Director, Ehrlich plans to create value by integrating research and education to support economic and policy impacts that foster sustainable economic development. The LRI will support education through LRI fellowships for our Business Data Science PhD program and support research through grants to LRI academic scholars. The LRI will engage with societal partners through direct engagement, seminars, symposia, and outreach via our newsletter and social media outreach. LRI research will address critical global challenges to corporate and business continuity and growth. 

Ehrlich received his doctorate from Princeton University in economics. His bachelor’s degree is from Yale University. 


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