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Michael Roberto
Works at Bryant University
Attended Harvard Business School
Lives in Massachusetts
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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. 
Education
  • 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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  • Bryant University
    Trustee Professor of Management, 2006 - present
  • Harvard Business School
    Assistant Professor, 2000 - 2006
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What happens when the Board of Directors appoints an internal candidate to the position of CEO? Do they tend to pick the right person, or do they overlook/reject an alternative candidate that would have been a better CEO? S...
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When we think about social influence, we typically think about how and why people tend to feel pressures to conform to the behavior of their peers, colleagues, or teammates. We act a certain way, or make certain decisions, be...
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Joann Lublin reported yesterday in the Wall Street Journal about new research regarding cultural fit of new employees. Lublin described the research of Sameer B. Srivastava, Amir Goldberg, and their colleagues. The scholars ...
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In a recent Harvard Business Review post, Liane Davey explores the connection between unreasonable objectives and unethical behavior. Sometimes, you face a difficult situation as a team leader. You have been given an unreas...
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Stanford Professor Lindred Greer studies startup teams extensively. Not surprisingly, she advises students and others to be very careful in selecting partners and team members with whom to work. She cites the old adage tha...
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James K. Stoller, Amanda Goodall, and Agnes Baker have published an intriguing Harvard Business Review article titled, "Why the Best Hospitals are Managed by Doctors." In the piece, they state the following based on their r...
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You have to make a decision. Suppose you are trying to decide on whether London or Dublin is a better place to visit with small children. You read the travel guides and try to imagine what it will be like in each city. You ...
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I had lunch with the CEO of a major academic medical center today. He mentioned a key aspect of the culture of his top management team. In the conference room they use for weekly meetings, they have a list of shared norms a...
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The British Psychological Society's Research Digest reports on a new study by Gregory Trevors and his colleagues. They examined why we fail at times to persuade people with factual evidence. Why don't fact-based arguments ...
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You approach the counter at a fast casual restaurant, coffee shop, or bakery. You would like to place your order. The workers appear busy performing various tasks. They need to do this work in order to serve you effective...
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Someone read yesterday's blog post about technical experts as leaders, and they asked me if I had done a similar analysis for NFL coaches. In yesterday's blog post, I showed that most NBA championships have been won either ...
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In a recent New York Times Corner Office column, Adam Bryant interviewed John Lilly, a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners. Lilly offered this leadership lesson that he learned early in his profe...
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