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Robert Mayfield Yawson


Assistant Professor of Management

BS, MPhil, University of Ghana; MS, PhD, University Minnesota Minneapolis

School of Business

Courses


OL 662

Ethics & Governance - Spring 2018

OL 690

Leadership Consulting Capstone - Spring 2018

Organization

Health Care Mgmt & Org Leader

Phone Number

(203) 582-5023

Mail Drop

SB-DNF

Email

Robert.Yawson@quinnipiac.edu

About


Robert M. Yawson is an Assistant Professor of Management and the Graduate Programs Assessment Coordinator at the School of Business. He is also the Faculty Director of the ePortfolio Across the Curriculum Initiative of the University. 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 50 international conferences. He has several academic publications including peer review papers in leading academic journals such as the Technological Forecasting and Social Change, R & D Management Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Consumer Policy, among several others. Robert is the Associate Editor of the Organization Management Journal. Robert serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research, and Articles Editor for SageOpen. 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, the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2016 Conference, and the Proceedings Editor of the 2017 Conference. He is currently the Program Chair of the 2018 Conference. Robert also served as an Associate Editor of the Social Issues in Management Division of the 77th Annual Academy of Management Conference and the Track Chair Editor of the Business Strategy Track of the 54th Annual Conference of the Eastern Academy of Management. 1n 2015, Robert served as Grant Applications Reviewer for the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space. 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.

Educational Background


All Publications


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  1. Milde, K. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Strategies for Social Media Use in Nonprofits. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 18(1): 19-27
  2. Yawson, R. M., & Greiman, B. C. (2017). Strategic Flexibility Analysis of Agrifood Nanotechnology Skill Needs Identification. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 118(C), 184 - 194. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.02.019
  3. Peterson, G., Yawson, R. M., Sherman, J. & Johnson-Kanda (2016). A Systems Model of Using the Deliberate Leadership Framework for Addressing Wicked Problems. Int. J. Business and Systems Research, IJBSR-151493. In Press
  4. Yawson, R. M. (2016). The Importance of Multimethods and Mixed Methods Research in Understanding Complexity in Leadership. Int. J. of Complexity in Leadership and Management (IJCLM). 3(4), 261-277. DOI: 10.1504/ijclm.2016.10008000
  5. Yawson, R. M. & Greiman, B. C. (2016). A Systems Approach to Identify Skill Needs for Agrifood Nanotechnology: A Multiphase Mixed Methods Study. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 27(4), 517–545. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21266.
  6. Yawson, R.M. (2015) ‘The ‘wicked problem construct’ for organizational leadership and development, Int. J. Business and Systems Research, 9(1), 67-85. DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2015.066812
  7. Yawson, R. M. (2014). The Theory and Practice of Case-in-Point Teaching of Organizational Leadership. American Journal of Management, 14(1-2), 72–81.
  8. Yawson, R. M. (2013). Systems Theory and Thinking as a Foundational Theory in Human Resource Development – A Myth or Reality? Human Resource Development Review. 12(1), 53 – 83. DOI: 10.1177/1534484312461634
  9. Yawson, R. M. (2012). An epistemological framework for nanoscience and nanotechnology literacy. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 22(3):297 - 310. DOI: 10.1007/s10798-010-9145-1.
  10. Quaye, W., Yawson, R., Ayeh, E., & Yawson, I. (2012). Climate change and food security: The role of biotechnology. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 12(5), 6354–6364.
  11. Yawson, R. M. (2011). Africa’s Nanofuture: The Importance of Regionalism. International Journal of Nanotechnology, 8(6): 420 - 436. DOI: 10.1504/IJNT.2011.040185.
  12. Yawson, R. M. (2011). Historical Antecedents as Precedents for Nanotechnology Vocational Education Training and Workforce Development. Human Resource Development Review, 10(4): 417- 430. DOI: 10.1177/1534484311413072.
  13. Yawson, R. M. (2010). Skill needs and human resources development in the emerging field of nanotechnology. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 62(3), 285-296. doi:10.1080/13636820.2010.499474.
  14. Yawson, R. M., & Kuzma, J. (2010). Systems Mapping of Consumer Acceptance of Agrifood Nanotechnology. Journal of Consumer Policy, 33 (4), 299-322. DOI: 10.1007/s10603-010-9134-5
  15. Yawson, R. M., and Sutherland A. J. (2010). Institutionalizing Performance Management in R&D Organizations: Key Concepts and Aspects. Journal of Social Sciences, 22(3), 163-172.
  16. Quaye, W., Yawson, I., Yawson, R. M., & Williams, I. E. (2009). Acceptance of biotechnology and social-cultural implications in Ghana. African Journal of Biotechnology, 8 (9),1997-2003
  17. Yawson, R. M., Quaye, W., Williams, I. E., & Yawson, I. (2008). A Stakeholder Approach to Investigating Public Perception and Attitudes towards Agricultural Biotechnology in Ghana. Tailoring Biotechnologies, 4(1/2), 55-70
  18. Yawson, R. M., Amoa-Awua, W. K., Sutherland A. J., Smith D. R., and Noamesi S. K. (2006). Developing a Performance Measurement Framework to Enhance the Impact Orientation of the Food Research Institute, Ghana. R&D Management, 36(2), 161 – 172. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9310.2006.00423.x
  19. Yawson, R. M. (2005). Emerging Technologies and the Digital Divide -- Bridging the Gap, the case of Ghana. World Forum Proceedings of the International Research Foundation for Development, 3(1), 1-4.
  20. Yawson, R. M. (2004). Agricultural Biotechnology, Poverty Reduction and Food Security in Ghana. Biotech.Ghana, 3(1), 7-8 ISSN 0855-6245

Book Reviews in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. Yawson, R. M. (2012). Leadership and Management Development: Developing Tomorrow's Managers. Human Resource Development International, 15(1), 131-134. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2011.604957.
  2. Yawson, R. M. (2011). Organizational Change: Themes and Issues. Human Resource Development International, 14(3), 363–366. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2011.585072

Book Chapters

  1. Yawson, R. M. (2017). Leadership Development in South Africa. In A. Ardichvili & D. Khalil (Eds.), Leadership Development in Emerging Markets Economies (1st ed., pp. 93 - 109). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-58003-0_6
  2. Osafo, E., & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Leadership Development in Ghana: A new look at an old concept. In A. Ardichvili & K. Dirani (Eds.), Leadership Development in Emerging Markets Economies (1st ed., pp. 211–229). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-58003-0_12

Hand Book Chapter

Peterson, G., & Yawson, R. (2010). Colliding Systems, the Top Trillion and the Bottom Billion. In: G. Peterson (Editor), Wicked Problem Construct: Business and Social Sector Strategies for Global Change (Ch. 5, pp 52 – 75). UK: Headwaters Group/Said Business School, Oxford University.

Contribution to a Book

Smith D. R. et al. (2002). Institutionalizing Impact Orientation – Building a Performance Management Approach that Enhances the Impact Orientation of Research Organizations. In: Smith D. R. and Sutherland, A. J. (eds.) ITDG Publishing, Chatham UK, NRI, Greenwich University

Case Study

Peterson, G., & Yawson, R. (2014). The Triple Bottom-Line and Investing for Impact: The Case of Afram Plains District of Ghana. Case Centre. Wellesley, MA: Case Centre. Reference #: 714-006-8. http://www.thecasecentre.org/educators/products/view?id=119761

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers in Edited Proceedings

  1. Yawson, R. M. (2017). The Tema Shipyard, Dry Dock Company Limited – A Leadership Consulting Lessons. In: Manageable Conflict? Proceedings of the 54th Annual Eastern Academy of Management Conference. Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore MD. May 11 – 13 2017
  2. Yawson, R. M., Peterson, G., and Johnson-Kanda, I. (2017). Social Sector and Business Strategies for Complex Adaptive Change: Navigating the Changing Currents for Business Education. In: Navigating the Changing Currents. Proceedings of the 44th OBTC Teaching Conference for Management Educators, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island. June 14 – 17, 2017
  3. Osafo, E. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Education and Human Resource Development in Ghana: The Need to Revisit Indigenous Forms. To appear In: Proceedings of the 24th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX. March 2- 4, 2017.
  4. Woldeab, D. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Thinking beyond the Comparison of Online Versus Traditional Learning: A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis. A poster to be presented at the 24th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX. March 2- 4, 2017.
  5. Osafo, E. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Taking a New Look at an Old Concept: A Review of Leadership Development in Ghana. In A. Ardichvili & D. Khalil (Eds.), Symposium on Leadership Development in Emerging Markets Economies. To appear In: Proceedings of the 24th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX. March 2- 4, 2017.
  6. Sprinkle, T. A. & Yawson, R. M. (2016). One Original Post and Two Follow-Ons: An Online Discussion Board Roundtable. In: United in Service. Proceedings of the 43rd OBTC Teaching Conference for Management Educators, Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. June 8– 11, 2016
  7. Yawson, R. M. (2016). The importance of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Approach in HRD. A Case of a ‘Skills Needs Identification Study.' In: Theorizing, Knowledge, and Community: Exploring the Hidden Connections. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Jacksonville, FL, USA. February 18 - 21, 2014.
  8. Yawson, R. M., & Greiman, B. (2014). Stakeholder Analysis as Tool for Systems Approach Research in HRD. In: Leading Human Resource Development through Research. Proceedings of the 21st Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Houston, Texas, USA. February 19 - 22, 2014. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1269.0243
  9. Amenumey, F., & Yawson, R. M. (2013). Conceptualization and Description of HRD in Ghana. In: Celebrating 20 years of Leading HRD through Research. Proceedings of the 20th Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Arlington, VA (DC Metro), USA. February 14 - 16, 2013. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2350.3680
  10. Yawson, R. M. (2013). The Theory and Practice of Case-In-Point Teaching of Leadership in Human Resource Development. In: Celebrating 20 years of Leading HRD through Research. Proceedings of the 20th Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Arlington, VA (DC Metro), USA. February 14 - 16, 2013. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2088.2241
  11. Yawson, R. M. (2013). The ‘Wicked Problem Construct’ as a Framework for Organizational Development and Change In: Celebrating 20 years of Leading HRD through Research. Proceedings of the 20th Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. Arlington, VA (DC Metro), USA. February 14 - 16, 2013. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2874.6569
  12. Ghandehari, S., & Yawson, R. M. (2012). Collectivism as a Moderator of Perceived Organizational Unfairness in Diverse Workplaces. In: HRD and Technology: Exploring the Intersectionality. Proceedings of AHRD 2012 International Research Conference in the Americas. (pp 1522-1527). Denver, Colorado, USA, February 28 -March 3, 2012 DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1367.3287
  13. Yawson, R. M. (2011). The Lived Experience of an American Expatriate in Ghana: A Rhetorical Analysis of Facebook Postings to Understand a Cross-Cultural Behavior. In, Proceedings of OLPD Student Research Conference – Continuing Education Conference Center, St. Paul, MN, April 16, 2011. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4316.4487
  14. Yawson, R. and Kuzma, J. (2010). Evidence review and experts’ opinion on consumer acceptance of agrifood nanotechnology. International Conference on Food and Agricultural Applications of Nanotechnologies, Sao Carlos, Brazil, in June 20-25, 2010. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3005.7282
  15. Yawson R. M. (2009). The Ecological System of Innovation: A New Architectural Framework for a Functional Evidence-Based Platform for Science and Innovation Policy. In: Huizingh K.R.E, Conn S., Torkkeli M., and Bitran I., (Eds.). The Future of Innovation. Proceedings of XX ISPIM 2009 Conference, Vienna, Austria 21 -24 June 2009. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1957.1527
  16. Yawson R. M., Osei-Yaw A., and Yawson I., (2006). The Strategic Role of the Food Research Institute in Productivity Enhancement and the Private Sector Development in Ghana. In: The Business of Innovation. Proceedings of 18th Biennial Congress of WAITRO. Saskatoon, SK, Canada August 7 – 10, 2006
  17. Yawson R. M. (2004). Management of Technology in Ghana – Problems & Prospects. In: Proceedings of the IAMOT 2004 conference. Presented by the International Association for Management of Technology, April 3 – 7, 2004 Washington, DC, USA

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

  1. Yawson, R. M. & Greiman B. (2016). Strategic Flexibility Analysis of Human Resources Development: A Case of Skill Needs Identification Study. Presented at the 2016 Eastern Academy of Management Conference, New Haven, CT. May 4 – 7, 2016.
  2. Yawson, R. M. (2016). The Realist Ontology versus the Nonlinear Epistemology of Practice of Leadership. Accepted for presentation at the 17th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. June 8 – 10. www.business.mmu.ac.uk/ufhrd/downloads/Full Schedule.docx
  3. Addy, M. E., & Yawson, R. M. (2002). Scientists must communicate. In Proceedings of 2002 Faculty of Science Colloquium (pp. 1–6). Legon, Ghana: University of Ghana Press.
  4. Yawson, R. M. (2002). Intellectual Property & Technology Commercialization: Ghana’s Experience. In Proceedings of the International Congress of Technological Research Organisations (pp. 1–15). Porto Alegre, Brazil: WAITRO.
  5. Yawson, R. M. (2002). Technology Commercialization and Intellectual Property Rights in Ghana. In Proceedings of the International Conference on TRIPS. Hyderabad, India: Shyamprasad Institute for Social Service, India. Retrieved from http://ideas.repec.org/p/pra/mprapa/33185.html
  6. Yawson, R. M. (2002). The Place of Technology Based Incubators in Ghana’s Economic Development. In The International Conference on “Building an Innovation-Based Economy” (pp. 1–14). Paphos, Cyprus: WAITRO and CSC. Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1418103

Editorship of Conference Proceedings and Workshop Reports

  1. Moats, J., Yawson, R. M. and Sunyoung, P. (2017). Proceedings of the 24th Annual Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX: Academy of Human Resource Development. Retrieved from http://www.ahrd.org/?page=Conf_Proceedings
  2. Moats, J., Titi-Amayah, A., & Yawson, R. M. (2016). Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Academy of Human Resource Development International Conference in the Americas. Jacksonville, FL: Academy of Human Resource Development. Retrieved from http://www.ahrd.org/?page=Conf_Proceedings
  3. Kelley, S., & Yawson, R. M. (2008). Green Chemistry in Minnesota: Opportunities and Challenges for Leadership. Proceedings of the 1st Green Chemistry Conference in Minnesota. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  4. Manful, J. T., Yawson, R. M., & Andoh, A. (2005). Consolidating and Sustaining the Uptake of Improved Rice Post-Production and Marketing Technologies in Northern Ghana. Report of the National Roundtable Discussions on Developments in the Rice Industry in Ghana (pp. 1–39). Accra, Ghana: DFID.
  5. Manful, J. T., Yawson, R. M., Gayin, J., & Andoh, A. (2005). Consolidating and Sustaining the Uptake of Improved Rice Post-Production and Marketing Technologies in Northern Ghana. Report of the Regional Workshop on Sharing Experiences on Post Harvest Rice Handling in West Africa (pp. 1 –57). Accra, Ghana: DFID.
  6. Plahar, W. A., & Yawson, R. M. (2004). Dissemination of Improved Bambara Processing Technologies through a New Coalition Arrangement to Enhance Rural Livelihoods in Northern Ghana. Final stakeholders’ workshop report (pp. 1 –51). Tamale, Ghana: DFID.
  7. Manful, J. T., & Yawson, R. M. (2004). Enhancing rural livelihoods in selected communities in Northern Ghana through promotion of improved rice post-production technologies and marketing systems. Report of the Workshop for the Launching of Rice Quality Training Manuals (pp. 1 – 32). Accra, Ghana: DFID.
  8. Yawson, R. M., Sutherland, A. J., & Amoa-Awua, W. K. (2003). Broadening Monitoring and Evaluation within Reforming National Agricultural Research Systems. Proceedings of the Policy Dialogue Forum on Performance Management (pp. 1 –104). Accra, Ghana: MPRA. Retrieved from http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/34944/
  9. Johnson, P. N. T., & Yawson, R. M. (2000). Enhancing the Food Security of the Peri-Urban and Urban Poor through Improvements to the Quality, Safety and Economics of Street-Vended Foods. Workshop report on street-food vending in Ghana (pp. 1–64). Accra, Ghana: Natural Resources Institute, UK. Retrieved from http://www.eldis.org/assets/Docs/12683.html

Books (White Papers)

  1. Malik M. R., Yawson R., and Hensel D. (2009). Destination 2025: Focus on the Future of the Animal Health Industry. St. Louis Park, MN: BioBusiness Alliance of MN and Deloitte Consulting LLP. Copyright © 2009 Deloitte Development LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.deloitte.com/us/d2025 or http://www.biobusinessalliance.org/Destination
  2. Malik M. R., Yawson R., and Hensel D. (2009). Destination 2025: Focus on the Future of the Food Industry. St. Louis Park, MN: BioBusiness Alliance of MN and Deloitte Consulting LLP. Copyright © 2009 Deloitte Development LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.deloitte.com/us/d2025 or http://www.biobusinessalliance.org/Destination
  3. Wahlstrom D., Kent R., Malik M. R., and Yawson R. (2009). Destination 2025 - Minnesota’s Animal Health Industry: A Vision for the Future. St. Louis Park, MN: BioBusiness Alliance of MN and Deloitte Consulting LLP. Copyright © 2009 Deloitte Development LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.deloitte.com/us/d2025 or http://www.biobusinessalliance.org/Destination
  4. Wahlstrom D., Kent R., Johnson A., Malik M. R., and Yawson R. (2009). Destination 2025 - Minnesota’s Food Industry: A Vision for the Future. St. Louis Park, MN: BioBusiness Alliance of MN and Deloitte Consulting LLP. Copyright © 2009 Deloitte Development LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.deloitte.com/us/d2025 or http://www.biobusinessalliance.org/Destination

List of Publications

Honors & Awards


Certificate of Recognition as Contributor/Panelist to the 2017 Eastern Academy of Management Doctoral & Junior Faculty Consortia

2017

Certificate of Appreciation as the Track Chair Editor of the Business Strategy Track of the 2017 Eastern Academy of Management Conference

2017

Certificate of Service as the Proceedings Editor of the 2017 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

2017

Finalist for the 2016 Richard Swanson Research Excellence Award

2017

Organizational Behavior Teaching Society Early Educator Institute Scholarship

2017

Certificate of Service as the Associate Proceedings Editor of the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

2016

Certificate of Appreciation, Reviewer for the Public and Non-Profit Division of 76th Annual AOM Conference

2016

Certificate of Service as the Track Chair Editor of the Organization Development & Change Track of the 2015 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

2015

Certificate of Appreciation, Reviewer for the Public and Non-Profit Division of 75h Annual AOM Conference

2015

Keynote Speaker, 2015 OLPD Research Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. February 28, 2015

2015

Faculty Scholar for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Quinnipiac University

2014

The Alan A. Kahler Outstanding Dissertation Award

2014

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, invited participant, convening on Meeting of the Minds on Diversity & Inclusion, Rensselaerville, NY

2013

The Camille S. Wall Endowed Fellowship for Workforce Education – University of Minnesota

2013

The Gary N. McLean Legacy Fellowship for Human Resource Development – University of Minnesota

2011

Deane Turner and Sherry Turner Oleson Fellowship for Agricultural Education – University of MN

2011

Colonial Dames Fellowship – University of MN

2009

Social Media Presence


Professional Memberships


The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences (CAAS)

2016 to Date

Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS)

2016 to Date

Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA)

2015 to Date

The Eastern Academy of Management (EAM)

2015 to Date

The International Leadership Association (ILA)

2014 to Date

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

2013 to Date

Academy of Management (AOM)

2013 to Date

Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)

2012 to Date

American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE)

2011 to Date

Association of Leadership Education (ALE)

2011 to Date

American Nano Society (ANS)

2010 to Date

International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)

2009 to Date

Systems Dynamics Society (SDS)

2009 to Date

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

2008 to Date

International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD)

2006 to Date

Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering & Technology (PICMET)

2005 to Date

International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT)

2003 to Date

Work Experience


LECTURER, INSTRUCTOR & RESEARCH ASSISTANT, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA with appointments at the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development; Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs; and Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics.

09/01/2007 – 06/30/2013

Teaching

  • OLPD 4627: Management and Supervisory Training and Development - Fall 2012
  • OLPD 4426: Strategic Customer Relationship Management - Fall 2012, Spring 2013 - (2 sections); Summer 2013, Fall 2013
  • HRD 5104: Systems Foundation of Human Resource Development  –  Fall 2010, Spring 2011
  • BIE 3624: Sales Training -  Fall 2010
  • OLPD 3461: Professional Sales Management – Spring 2011 & 2012
  • EDPA 3402/PA 3971: Leadership Field Experience (Social Entrepreneurship) – Spring & Fall 2011(3 sections)
  • PA 5711: Science &Technology Policy – Spring 2010 (Teaching Assistant)
  • CFANS 1901: Evaluating Starvation – Fall 2009 (Mentee Teacher)
  • AGRO/APEC 4103: World Food Problems – Fall 2009 (Mentee Teacher)

Research

  • Leadership, Management, Workforce and Policy Development for Agrifood Nanotechnology
  • Research into making MN a Leader in Green Chemistry.
  • Biosciences Industry Policy for Minnesota
  • Research Support for a preparation of a Bill on Regenerative Medicine for the State of MN.

Service

  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the 1st Green Chemistry Conference in Minnesota and the Co-editor of the proceedings of the conference.
  • Conference Committee member/Conference Manager: Third Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies: Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies, Fergusson Hall, July 27 - 28, 2012, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Conference Committee member/Conference Manager: Second Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies: Disability and Identity in the 21st Century, Fergusson Hall, July 29 -31, 2011, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Conference Committee member/Conference Manager: First Minnesota Symposium on Disability StudiesDisability Studies and Inclusive Education, Fergusson Hall, July 23 -25, 2010, University of Minnesota, MN
  • Conference Committee member: Leadership Can Be Taught SymposiumThe Artistry of Using Adaptive Leadership with Undergraduates and Emerging Professionals. July 20-22nd, 2011, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Member - Tactile Acuity Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Member - Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Research Committee
  • Member: UMN as Strength-Based Campus Research Committee

 

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. 12/20/2009 – 05/01/2013

Part of a team that unites advocates, academics, and thought leaders across disciplines to advance best practices in global change through research, executive education, communications, and coaching. Helps clients achieve excellence in giving through research and strategy planning, portfolio management, strategic learning and evaluation. Builds a new community of philanthropic donors to leverage innovative foundation initiatives.  Organizational Effectiveness

RESEARCH ANALYST, BIOBUSINESS ALLIANCE OF MINNESOTA, 03/09/2008- 01/29/2009

Member of a team that prepared a Bioscience Vision 2025 document for the State of Minnesota. As part of the Destination 2025 Team I co-authored Industry White Papers on Food and Animal Health. I also co-authored the Food and Animal Health Vision Documents for the State of Minnesota.

 

SENIOR SCIENTIFIC SECRETARY/HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION, CSIR - FOOD RESEARCH INSTITUTE, ACCRA, GHANA. 01/04/1999 -08/24/2007

  • Member of project teams for several multilateral and bilateral sponsored research programs in Ghana and Africa
  • Consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
  • Participated and presented edited papers in over ten international conferences.        
  • Presided over the highest level of refereed journal publications in the history of the institute from 2001-2006
  • Prepared and Edited 7 Annual Reports and Several National Projects Documents
  • Team leader in Institutionalizing the use of Performance Measurement as a the Management Framework   for the Institute and the use of the Balanced Scorecard in a public organization
  • Team Leader in the preparation of the FRI 5-year Strategic Plan 2003 - 2008
  • Supervise the relocation of the entire Institute from Broz Tito to South Legon, Ghana.
  • Played a key role in getting the Institute Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 Standards

GENERAL MANAGER, ANIMENS INDUSTRIES LTD., TAKORADI, GHANA. 03/09/1998-01/03/1999

  • Responsible for the overall administration of the company with staff strength of 75
  • In charge of co-coordinating the activities of all heads of department
  • Responsible for production, procurement, sales and finances of the company and achieved highest production in the history of the company to that time--16 tons per month--with consistent 13% to 20% profit contribution. I also re-negotiated a $200,000 BAF Loan with the Non-Performing Asset Recovery Taskforce (NPART) from the original 5-year pay period to 8 years
  • Development of new market with the view of expanding the market with the aim of increasing sales at all times and successfully expanded the markets to Cote d’Ivoire, Togo and Burkina Faso and also reopened the Offices in Accra and Kumasi in Ghana

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT, BIO-RESOURCES INTERNATIONAL (GHANA) LTD.  09/01/1995 -03/01/1998

Research & Development of Local Biological Raw Materials for Export. Assisted with the isolation, purification, and characterization of the naturally occurring glycoprotein – Miraculin. Personally led the crystallization of Miraculin

 

QUALITY CONTROL OFFICER, S.C. JOHNSON WAX (GHANA) LTD. 09/01/1993-08/31/1995

Research & Development of New Products; Quality Assurance & Workshop Supervision; Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation of Programs and Policies on Pollution.  Re-formulated the popular brand Crusade Antiseptic by substituting  the use of castor oil which was imported with coconut oil, reducing the production cost by 48.3%; Formulated the popular Village Fresh Alata Samina (Soap) for Getrade (Ghana) Ltd; and assisted with the afforestation project around the factory

 

TUTOR, WESLEY GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL & SIXTHFORM COLLEGE, CAPE COAST GHANA

08/01/1992 -08/31/1993

Taught chemistry at both the high school and sixth form levels

Led many extra-curricular activities.

Courses Taught


  • OL610 Power and Politics of Leadership Communication
  • OL615 Leadership Across Boundaries
  • OL630 Performance Management
  • OL650 Leading Organizational Change
  • OL662 Ethics & Governance
  • OL681 Leadership in Human Resources
  • OL686 Leading Public Service Organizations
  • OL687 Strategic Planning for Public Service Organizations
  • OL690 Leadership Consulting Capstone

Course Proposals Approved

  • BBA 310 Advanced Business Communication
  • BBA 330 Social Media for the Business Professional
  • BBA 3XX Leadership
  • BBA 410 Career Advancement and Organizational Presence
  • BBA 440 Change Management