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

Dr. Murphy is the Professor 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 selected as 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,” was named by Emerald Publishers in 2017 as one of the publisher’s 50 highest-impact papers in the last half-century. 

Professor Murphy served as Editor of the scholarly journal Management Decision and 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 and he speaks Mandarin Chinese. A veteran of the US Navy, he is also a thoroughbred racehorse owner and is active in racing, aftercare, and racehorse retirement.