Quinnipiac University
Robert M. Yawson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management and the Chair of the Entrepreneurship, International Business, and Strategy Department at the School of Business, Quinnipiac University, CT. He is also the Faculty Coordinator for the MS in Organizational Leadership Program. Robert is the recipient of the prestigious Center for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018. He was named the 2018 Faculty Scholar of the Year, and the recipient of the 2020 James Marshall Award for Service.

Prior to joining QU, 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 (BBAM); Instructor at the University of MN; and a Senior Research Fellow with the International Consulting firm, pfc Social Impact Advisors. Robert has consulted for the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and has worked on several multilateral and bilateral projects in Africa. As a Research Analyst for the BBAM, Robert worked with a team of Consultants from Deloitte, LLC on the Destination 2025 project: a state-wide 20-year visioning initiative and roadmap to help give clarity to the nature and timing of investments that are needed for MN to sustain a long-term competitive position in the biosciences industry.

Robert is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Organization Management Journal, Editor, Business and Management Section of SAGE Open, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research. Robert served as an Associate Editor for the Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) from 2019 – 2021. Robert also serves on the Editorial Board of the following journals: Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Industrial and Commercial Training, and Human Resource Development Review.

Robert has over 110 publications including peer review papers in several leading academic journals. His current research is on using the "wicked problem construct" for leading Organizational Development & Change and using a systems approach to human resource development for emerging technologies.

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  • BS, University of Ghana
  • MS, University Minnesota Minneapolis
  • MPHIL, University of Ghana
  • PHD, University Minnesota Minneapolis

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Public & Non profit
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Education and Development


  • Entrepreneurship & Strategy

Office Location

  • Lender School of Business 230

Mail Drop

  • SB-DNF