Michael Santoro's expertise and teaching interests are in the area of strategic management and he currently teaches strategic management graduate and undergraduate courses in Lehigh's College of Business & Economics.
Professor Santoro's principal research interests are in the areas of strategic alliances, strategic change, and the external sourcing of knowledge and technological innovation. Santoro has over fifty publications in edited volumes, proceedings, and leading peer-reviewed academic journals including Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, Journal of Management Studies, California Management Review, Management International Review, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management (JET-M), IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, among others. Santoro served as guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Technology Management titled "Organizational Learning from External Sources: New Issues and Performance Implications." He currently serves on the Editorial Review Boards for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and the University Industry Innovation Network. Since joining Lehigh, Santoro has received the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman Research Award, the Class of 1961 Professorship, the James T. Kane Faculty Fellowship, the Christian and Mary Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Robert and Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award.
Prior to his academic career, Santoro spent twenty-one years with Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) holding a number of middle and senior line and staff management positions. His two most recent positions were those of Regional Vice President of Operations and Client Relations in ADP's Philadelphia Regional Processing Center and Division Director of Strategic and Product Planning and Product Marketing on ADP's corporate headquarters staff.