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Professor Michael A. Roberto

Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He also has been a Visiting Associate Professor at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Professor Roberto's latest book, Know What You Don't Know, came out in February 2009 from Wharton School Publishing.   It examines how leaders discover hidden problems and unearth bad news in their organizations before such problems escalate to become major failures.    His previous book, Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes For An Answer, was published in 2005 by Wharton.  It was named one of the top 10 business books of that year by The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest daily newspaper.   Professor Roberto's research focuses on strategic decision-making processes, senior management teams, and the dynamics of organizational failures. He has published articles based upon his research in the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, The Leadership Quarterly, and Group and Organization Management.

Professor Roberto's research and teaching have earned several major awards. Professor Roberto is a four-time winner of the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award at Bryant University.  He also has won Harvard's Allyn Young Prize for Teaching in Economics on two occasions.  Bryant named him the Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2009.  On the research front, Emerald Management Reviews selected one of his papers as a top 50 article of 2004 from among 20,000 articles reviewed by that organization in that year. His multimedia case study about the 2003 space shuttle accident, titled Columbia's Final Mission, earned the software industry's prestigious Codie Award in 2006 for Best Postsecondary Education Curriculum Solution. Finally, he earned the Robert Litschert Best Doctoral Student Paper Award in the year 2000 in the Academy of Management's Business Policy Division.  

Professor Roberto has taught in the leadership development programs and consulted at a number of firms including Target, Apple, Disney, Mars, Federal Express, Morgan Stanley, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart, Novartis, Siemens, The Home Depot, and Bank of New York Mellon. He also has presented at government organizations including the FBI, NASA, EPA, and TSA. Over the past six years, Professor Roberto has served on the faculty at the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo, where he teaches in an executive education program each summer.

Professor Roberto received an A.B. with honors from Harvard College in 1991. He earned an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1995, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He also received his D.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 2000.

In the past, Professor Roberto worked as a financial analyst at General Dynamics, where he evaluated the firm's performance on nuclear submarine programs. He also worked as a project manager at Staples, where he played a role in the firm's acquisition integration efforts.

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, running, hiking, and cooking. He lives in Holliston, Massachusetts with his wife, Kristin, and his three children, Grace, Celia, and Luke.   Professor Roberto also writes frequently on his blog, which has been named one of the top 50 business professor blogs in the world. 


For a copy of Professor Roberto's CV, click here.