Robert Mayfield Yawson
Assistant Professor of Management
BS, MPhil, University of Ghana; MS, PhD, University Minnesota Minneapolis
Health Care Mgmt & Org Leader
Faculty Office Building 007
Robert M. Yawson is an Assistant Professor in the Healthcare Management and Organizational Leadership department. Robert has a BS in Chemistry and MPhil in Biochemistry, University of Ghana; Post Graduate Certificate in Food Management, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; MS in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; and PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota. Prior to the appointment to his current position, he worked as Quality Control Officer of S. C. Johnson Wax (Ghana) Ltd.; General Manager of Animens Industries Limited, Ghana; Scientific Secretary and later as Head of Administration (HR) of the Food Research Institute (FRI), Ghana; a Research Analyst for the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota; Instructor at the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota; and a Senior Research Fellow with the International Consulting firm, Partners for Change. Robert has consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and has worked on several multilateral and bilateral projects in Africa. As a Research Analyst for the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, Robert worked with a team of Consultants from Deloitte, LLC on the Destination 2025 project: a state-wide 20-year visioning initiative and road map to help give clarity to the nature and timing of investments that are needed for Minnesota to sustain a long-term competitive position in the biosciences industry. Robert co-authored the Food Industry and Animal Health Global Papers and also co-authored the States’ vision papers for the two industries. Robert is a member of several professional bodies and has participated and presented papers in over 30 international conferences. He has several academic publications including peer review papers in leading academic journals such as the R & D Management Journal, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Consumer Policy, among several others. Robert serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research. He also served as the Track Chair Editor of the Organization Development and Change Track of the 2015 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference in the Americas, and the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2016 Conference. He is currently the Proceedings Editor of the 2017 Conference. His current research is on using the "wicked problem construct" for leading organizational development and change, and also using a systems approach to human resource development for emerging technologies. Robert lives with his wife and two sons.