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LISTEN NOW: Erik Gordon Reflects on His Career and His Mission


Erik Gordon is one of the University of Michigan's most quoted professors in mainstream media, but his path to academia was not a traditional one.

In a new episode of the “Beyond the Headlines” podcast from Michigan News, hear how Gordon’s career path — which includes practicing law, running businesses, and investing — led him to a faculty position at Michigan Ross. Gordon also discusses how he coped with the abrupt shift to online teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how his classes have evolved since then.

Gordon also reflects on how his mission remains constant, whether he’s teaching or speaking to the media:  “My mission at U-M is to help people — we call them students — understand some things that are likely to be important to them. If I go on television or if I’m on NPR, it’s the same thing. I go on to help people understand something that I, and an editor or producer, thinks is important for an audience to understand.”


Erik Gordon is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. His interests include entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, the biomedical industry, IoT, FinTech, and digital and mobile marketing.

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