Michael Woywode was born in 1967 in Karlsruhe. He studied business administration at the University of Mannheim, the University of St. Gallen, and the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. Michael Woywode received his doctorate in economics and habilitated in 2002 in business administration at the University of Mannheim. In 1995, 1999, and 2016, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. After provisionally leading the Institute for Corporate Management at the University of Karlsruhe between 2000 and 2002, he became head of the Chair of International Management at RWTH Aachen University in 2002. Since September 2007, Michael Woywode has been chair holder of SME Research and Entrepreneurship and director of the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim.
His scientific work has been published in high-level economic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Family Business Strategy, Thunderbird International Manageent Review, and International Journal of Industrial Organization. Well-known foundations such as the Volkswagen Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the German Research Foundation (DFG) have financially supported his previous research projects.