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Michael Roberto

Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Program Innovation 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.

Roberto published his newest book, Unlocking Creativity, on January 7, 2019 (John Wiley & Sons). He has written two previous books: Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes For An Answer (2nd edition published in 2013), and Know What You Don’t Know, published in 2009. Professor Roberto also has created three best-selling audio/video lecture series for The Great Courses: The Art of Critical Decision Making (2009), Transformational Leadership (2011), and Critical Business Skills: Strategy (2015). In 2017, the Case Centre compiled a list of the 40 best-selling case study authors in the world among over 8,000 faculty members. Professor Roberto ranked #25 on this list.

Professor Roberto's research and teaching have earned several major awards. The Everest Leadership and Team Simulation (from Harvard Business Publishing) won top prize in 2011 in the eLearning category at the 16th Annual MITX Interactive Awards. 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. On the teaching front, Professor Roberto is a nine-time winner of the Outstanding MBA Teaching Award at Bryant University. He also has won Harvard’s Allyn Young Prize for Teaching on two occasions.

Professor Roberto has taught in the leadership development programs and consulted at a number of firms including Mars, Deloitte, Google, Target, Apple, FedEx, Disney, Morgan Stanley, IBM, Wal-Mart, Amica, and Textron. He’s also presented at numerous government organizations including the FBI, NASA, Joint Special Operations Command, the Air War College, and West Point. Over the past 15 years, Professor Roberto has served on the faculty at the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo, where he teaches in an executive program each summer.

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

Professor Roberto joins the CopDoc on April 11th, 2022.


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