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Michael Roberto
Works at Bryant University
Attended Harvard Business School
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  • Bryant University
    Trustee Professor of Management, 2006 - present
  • Harvard Business School
    Assistant Professor, 2000 - 2006
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I am a professor of management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. I joined the faculty at Bryant after six years as a faculty member at Harvard Business School. I've also spent time as a Visiting Professor at NYU. My research, teaching, and consulting focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams. 

The new edition of my book, Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer, was released in May 2013.  My other book, Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen was published in 2009.  I've also created two audio/video courses on decision-making and leadership for the Teaching Company/Great Courses. 
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  • Harvard Business School
    D.B.A., 1996 - 2000
  • Harvard Business School
    M.B.A., 1993 - 1995
  • Harvard University
    B.A., 1987 - 1991
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I read a terrific article by Stephanie Vozza in Fast Company this week. The article focuses on the notion of asking great questions. She argues that the best leaders ask good questions so as to enhance their learning and en...
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On Twitter the other day, I saw a great quote from Jerry Sternin. He said, ""It's easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than think your way into a new way of acting." Sternin proved the value of learning by doin...
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Last week, Derek Pankratz and I published a new article in the Deloitte Review. The article focuses on decisiveness, and it is titled, "Crossing the mental Rubicon: Don't let decisiveness backfire." Here's a summary: We...
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IDEA 2016 Launches in Three Days!
IDEA 2016 launches on Monday morning, January 25th.   The numbers for this year's program are truly staggering.   Here's a snapshot: 900 students 111 faculty, staff, and student mentors 11 person leadership team 53 alumni mentors 159 judges  Thank you to al...
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In a terrific article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, James Lang writes about how faculty members should use the first five minutes of class more effectively. Lang points out that many faculty members engage in munda...
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Angus Hildreth, Francesca Gino, and Max Bazerman have conducted a fascinating set of experimental studies that study the question: Does group loyalty breed unethical behavior? Here's how they examined that research question...
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Great Super Bowl commercials engage us with wonderful stories and some humor as well. Is there more to it than that though? Could we use cognitive science to understand why some ads have a bigger impact than others? Ad Age...
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Facebook's VP of People Lori Goler talked to Business Insider recently about an interesting study that the firm conducted. Facebook analyzed teams throughout the organization to determine the ones whose members reported the h...
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What a Great First Day!
Students worked hard yesterday learning the design thinking process.  They began by conducting the Bridge Design Challenge - a great exercise to learn about the value of prototyping.  They also learned about how to conduct field observations and to identify...
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How Design Thinking Improves the Creative Process
Check out this good article about the impact of design thinking on the creative process.   In addition, this video from Stanford covers the topic. <iframe width="460" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IzNv3CXSE9I" frameborder="0" allowfullscre...
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AdWeek has a startling article about one broadcast network executive's thoughts regarding Netflix. McAlone quotes Alan Wurtzel, NBC's head of research. Wurtzel draws on data from Symphony Advanced Media, which has been trying...
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In this video, Stanford's Jennifer Aaker explains why articulating clearly the purpose of an organization or team gives meaning to what people do and enhances their satisfaction as well.
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