Skip to Main Content


Michael Kinnen

Full-Time Faculty, School of Business


Michael Kinnen is an expert in finance with over 20 years' managerial and executive experience in valuation and management consulting; he has 10 years' experience teaching at the university level. Prior to embarking on a career in teaching, Michael served corporate clients as an authority on valuation issues in engagements related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate valuation, capital budgeting, solvency, and restructuring. In his various academic appointments, Michael teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in the areas of corporate finance, advanced valuation techniques, real options analysis, investment management, financial statement analysis, and the use of accounting for managerial decision-making. He has also held teaching appointments at La Sierra University, Keller Graduate School of Management, and International American University.

Michael holds a Doctor of Business Administration in accounting at George Fox University. He earned an MBA with a finance concentration from University of California, Irvine, and studied English and accounting at La Sierra University. His current research interests include: identity development of high-potential employees and partners at elite professional services firms, how professionals in PSFs engage in personal reinvention as they pursue career advancement, and the relationship between employee engagement and firms’ financial performance. He also studies, consults, and writes on best practices in supporting, accelerating, and removing barriers to senior leaders’ identity development in Big 4 firms, financing entrepreneurial ventures, and the changing role of family offices in managing entrepreneurial wealth. He speaks frequently at conferences on using business cases to unleash learning and engagement.

Michael, also an expert in leadership development, is actively involved in instructional design, learning program development, and performing leadership assessments for Fortune 50 companies. His firm, MindStorm Group, provides strategic advisory services to corporate boards. An experienced executive, Michael was chief operating officer at a $50 million investment fund. At PacifiCare of California, he oversaw $400 million in budgeting. His investment banking experience includes working with over 100 corporate boards on business strategy and corporate valuation.


  • Master of Business Administration, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A. – English, Loma Linda University, Riverside
  • Doctor of Business Administration, George Fox University


  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Financial Modeling & Business Forecasting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Investment Management
  • Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
  • Professional Financial Planning

Professor of Business

Kit Nagel


Professor Nagel is an expert in global marketing. His specific areas of expertise in consumer packaging, supply-chain, and large scale turnkey project management have led to extensive global assignments. Most recently, Nagel was in Berlin working with the pharmaceutical firm Bayer on helping realign its global supply chain.

Nagel teaches at both the MBA and undergraduate levels and enjoys bringing a real-world, cross-disciplinary perspective to preparing students for their careers. Senior executives today note the shortage of trade-literate, culturally sensitive managers, and Nagel’s former students have gone on to positions with leading multinationals and government agencies.

On the academic side, his students have gone on to graduate programs at Tufts, NYU, and the London School of Economics.

  • Marketing Manager-Asia with Fortune 100 International Paper Co.
  • VP-Commercial Development with Servrite International
  • Born in the UK; worked and traveled in over 50 countries




  • International Business: The Challenge of Globalization (Pearson)
  • "Global Market Entry - Rules of Engagement" (Xlibris)
  • "Quants Gone Wild" (WSJ)
  • "Global Marketing Management" (Pearson)
  • "Luther on Trade and Commerce" (CPH)


  • International Marketing
  • International Finance
  • Marketing Research
  • New Venture/Entrepreneurship
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Global Enterprise

View Curriculum Vitae

Talk to a Professor

Connect with a Concordia professor in real-time. Get answers to your questions and learn more about our curriculum.

Request an Appointment

Get Started

Request Info

Want to know more about Concordia University Irvine? Let one of our admissions counselors get in touch with you and answer any questions you might have.

Request Info

Schedule a Visit

In your college search, it's important that you find the right fit for you. That's why we offer both group visits and individual visits for you and your family throughout the year. Come experience our beautiful hilltop campus, sit in on a class, attend chapel, and dine in our cafeteria

Visit us at one of our upcoming Admissions events

Schedule a Visit

Apply Now

Get started on submitting your application for admission today. Applications received after February 15 are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fall Deadlines to Apply
Early Action Nov. 15
Early Action II Feb. 15
Rolling Aug. 15

Apply Now

Back to top