Faculty Bio

Prof. Michael Roberto

  • Name:
    Prof. Michael Roberto
  • Prof. Michael Roberto is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where he teaches leadership, managerial decision-making, and business strategy. He joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He has also has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at New York University`s Stern School of Business. Professor Roberto`s research focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams. More recently, he has studied why catastrophic group or organizational failures happen, such as the Columbia Space Shuttle accident and the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. Professor Roberto`s research has earned several major awards. His 2004 article, "Strategic decision-making processes: Beyond the efficiency-consensus tradeoff," was selected by Emerald Management Reviews as one of the top 50 management articles of 2004. His book, Why Great Leaders Don`t Take Yes For An Answer, was named one of the top 10 business books of 2005 by The Globe and Mail. 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. 

  • Upcoming Seminars:
    Critical Decision Making:
    The Role of Constructive Conflict
    with Prof. Michael Roberto
        Leaders hear 'yes' far too often. They don't hear bad news until it's too late. It's an enormous problem for leaders, for teams, for the entire organization. But is it inevitable? Absolutely not. In this workshop, Professor Michael Roberto shows you how to stimulate dissent and debate to...