Associate Dean/Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs
Professor of Strategy and International Business

Phone: 617-573-8088
Office: 120 Tremont Street, Rm.5315

Professional and academic background

Michael Behnam is originally from Germany where he was also educated, earning multiple degrees including his MBA (Diplom-Kaufmann) and PhD at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt as well as his Habilitation (equivalent to 2nd PhD) at the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. Prior to entering academia he led a successful career in investment banking and consulting. He is an accomplished scholar who is widely published in top tier outlets as well as several scholarly books and one textbook on strategy. As an educator he has taught and led strategy and international business curricula and has consulted widely with world-renowned organizations like AXA Insurance, BMW, DG Bank, IBM and Siemens.

For the past 10 years at Suffolk, he has taught in the MBA and Executive MBA program, oversees the travel seminars and serves as Dean of Graduate Programs.  He is fluent in German and English and has working knowledge of French, Spanish and Arabic.


  • Book: Currently: “Predictably Irrational” and “Humans of New York” but ask me again in 6 months and it’ll probably be a different set of books…
  • Movie: Pulp Fiction
  • TV Show: Game of Thrones and Sopranos
  • Place to Visit in Boston: Beacon Hill, it is such a unique neighborhood and it is VERY Boston

Words of Wisdom

Take advantage of everything we have to offer here at the Sawyer Business School. Get engaged and spend your time here being exhilarated by the opportunities your educational experience offers. We offer excellent faculty, excellent programs and an excellent education in the dynamic, world class city of Boston – immerse yourself in this.

I encourage you to make the most of all we have to offer – the breadth and depth of course offerings, travel immersions, internships, networking, EDGE workshop and our global alumni network.  Graduate programs are very short compared to undergraduate education – start getting involved now.