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Michael Mihalicz

Michael Mihalicz

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy; Indigenous Advisor, Office of the Dean, TRSM
DepartmentEntrepreneurship & Strategy


Michael strives to help people be more effective decision makers. His research combines principles from Psychology and Economics to explore how people make decisions, and what causes them to make poor choices. His research findings have led him to devote his personal and professional life to help people understand how drive states subconsciously influence decision-making and predispose them to irrational behaviour. Michael is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, the Indigenous Advisor at the Ted Rogers School of Management and Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship & Strategy Department at Ryerson University.

Michael is also committed to providing underprivileged communities access to education and is actively involved in overseeing and supporting reconciliation priorities across campus. In his role as Indigenous Advisor, Michael is tasked with leading the development of protocols and processes that will increase access to postsecondary education for Indigenous students.

Michael’s research broadly explores the intersection of decision making, venture financing and Indigenous entrepreneurship. The goal of his work centers around exposing decision makers to the sources of irrational behaviour and building tools around our cognitive and affective limitations. Michael is also active in research projects exploring barriers and enablers to research-based career paths for Indigenous people in Canada and investigating unconscious biases inherent in small business investment decisions.

Course code Course title
ENT 526
Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Strategy