Professor Murphy is the Goodrich Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor, and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A multi-award winning scholar, he has launched and led entrepreneurship programs in university and ecosystem settings worldwide and has trained tens of thousands of students and coached hundreds of highly successful entrepreneurs. A range of major media outlets often cite his perspectives on entrepreneurial phenomena and he consults to many firms and universities.

Dr. Murphy is the Scholar in Residence at Innovation Depot, the largest entrepreneurial co-working/incubation center in the southeastern USA, located in downtown Birmingham, AL. In 2017, prior to moving to Alabama, he was named Future Founder’s inaugural “Entrepreneurship Professor of the Year” across all colleges and universities in the state of Illinois. In 2016, he was named to AmericanInno’s “50 on Fire” for his impact on Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

His 2009 research article, “A model of social entrepreneurial discovery,” was ranked by the Journal of Business Ethics in 2021 as #6 in the top 100 most influential publications in the field of social entrepreneurship.  His 2006 research article, “A conceptual history of entrepreneurial thought,” is the Journal of Management History’s most-cited paper and it was named by Emerald in 2017 as one of the publisher’s 50 highest-impact papers in the last half-century.

Professor Murphy is incoming Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. He served previously as Editor of Management Decision (2012-2018) and as Chair of the Academy of Management’s MH Division. He authored the book Mutiny and Its Bounty, published in 2013 by Yale University Press. He has published extensively in leading journals and outlets including Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Small Business Management, and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

A former President of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, Professor Murphy worked and lived in Beijing, China as a young man and he speaks Mandarin Chinese. He is a veteran of the US Navy and also a thoroughbred owner who is active in training, aftercare, and racehorse retirement.