Michael J. Hostetler

Michael J. Hostetler

  • Senior Lecturer

Faculty Expertise

  • Consulting
  • Decision Making
  • Global Business
  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Strategy
  • Leadership
  • High Performance Teams


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management



Cornell Directory Entry


Michael Hostetler is a faculty member of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Hostetler's main research and teaching interests are in strategy, decision-making, leadership, high performance teams, innovation, and change management. He has taught classes in the MBA program, Executive MBA program, and the Cornell-Queen's EMBA program, as well as many non-degree executive education programs.

Hostetler is also the author of online courses in strategic thinking, scenario planning, leadership, and team effectiveness for eCornell. These programs have been used by corporations around the world to enhance their executive development programs, including IBM, CSC, AP Moeller Maersk, the US Navy, Delta Hotels and Resorts, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hostetler also consults with private and nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally. In particular, he works frequently in the health care, financial services, manufacturing, and food industries. Clients include the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania, the Community Health Foundation of Buffalo, NY, Schwan's, LG, United Technologies, Driscoll's, Citigroup, Samsung, and Sony. He has also designed and taught a number of executive development programs and strategy consulting projects globally. Also, because of his strong interests in leadership development and high performing teams, Hostetler has been an active executive coach and has worked one-on-one with hundreds of managers and executives around the world.

As associate dean of the Johnson School from 1992-2003, he had P&L responsibilities for managing all public and custom executive programs. In addition, he launched and managed the Executive MBA program during its first two years of operation and served on the committee that developed the Cornell-Queen's EMBA Program.

Prior to joining Cornell, Hostetler was assistant dean for executive education at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. His prior experience also includes positions with St. Mary's Medical Center, the University of Tennessee, and the Office of the Governor of Kentucky. He is an emeritus trustee of the International University Consortium for Executive Education.

Academic Degrees

  • MS University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1980