Robert M. Yawson
Quinnipiac University
Robert M. Yawson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management and the Graduate Programs Assessment Coordinator at the School of Business, Quinnipiac University, CT. 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. Robert is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and several other professional bodies. Robert is Co-Editor of the Organization Management Journal, Associate Editor of the Human Resource Development Quarterly, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research, and Editorial Board Member of the Advances in Developing Human Resources. He has 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, the Proceedings Editor of the 2017 Conference, and the Program Chair of the 2018 Conference. Robert was the Track Chair Editor of the Business Strategy Track of the 54th Annual Eastern Academy of Management 2017 Conference and the Track Chair Editor for the Leadership Track of the 56th Annual Conference in 2019. He has served on the Wayne R. Pace Book of the Year Committee of the AHRD since 2014. Robert is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Human Resource Development and member of the Executive Committee of the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management as the Chair of the Best Book Award Committee. Robert also serves as an Associate Editor for the Social Issues in Management Division of the Annual Academy of Management Conferences. In 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 using a systems approach to human resource development for emerging technologies. ... More
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This study reviews systems theory and thinking (ST&T) as a foundational discipline or theory in human resource development (HRD) research and practice. Using systematic evidence review (SER) of the literature and mapping analysis of HRD curricula across some leading U.S. universities, disconnect between theory and practice of ST&T is discussed. The use of SER of the literature in HRD research is an important aspect of this study. The study recommended the incorporation of more ST&T courses into ...
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#1Robert M. Yawson (UMN: University of Minnesota)H-Index: 8
#2Jennifer Kuzma (UMN: University of Minnesota)H-Index: 20
Application of nanotechnology in the agrifood system and the rising number of nanofood products on the market are creating concerns among consumers and other stakeholders. These concerns and other potential barriers to the commercialization of agrifood nanotechnology products may limit the ability to capture its full potential. Understanding the emerging trends and the links between underlying values, expressed attitudes, and actual behaviors involving consumer acceptance of agrifood nanotechnol...
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#1Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac University)H-Index: 8
Models on innovation, for the most part, do not include a comprehensive and end-to-end view. Most innovation policy attention seems to be focused on the capacity to innovate and on input factors such as R&D investment, scientific institutions, human resources and capital. Such inputs frequently serve as proxies for innovativeness and are correlated with intermediate outputs such as patent counts and outcomes such as GDP per capita. While this kind of analysis is generally indicative of innovativ...
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#1Gayle Peterson (University of Oxford)H-Index: 1
#2Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac University)H-Index: 8
Last.Ivy Johnson-Kanda (Quinnipiac University)
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This study is predicated on the premise that addressing wicked problems through business practices and social innovations will need new leadership and organisational development strategies for helping organisations mirror practices and approaches internally with staff and externally with stakeholders. The Deliberate Leadership® Model was developed as a subsequent of this need. This study illustrated the key implications for practice and for research of the Deliberate Leadership model using a mul...
#1Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac University)H-Index: 8
#2Bradley C. Greiman (UMN: University of Minnesota)H-Index: 8
The world is experiencing significant, largely economic and sociotechnical, induced change. These induced changes are meaningful with a function of people taking collective actions around common beliefs. These changes are more than jargon, cliche, and hyperbole, and they are effecting major transformations. These transformations will impact on how human resources are developed, and we need to be able to forecast its effects. In order to produce such forecasts, Human Resource Development needs to...
#1Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac University)H-Index: 8
This chapter reviews leadership development in South Africa and the methods that are currently used to develop emerging leaders. I take a broad look at leadership development in a dynamic, changing, unpredictable postmodern era, together with that which needs to be preserved from the South African perspective in a dualistic environment of Afrocentric and Eurocentric leadership. I then illuminate some local examples and approaches to leadership development and make recommendations that reflect co...
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#1Emmanuel Osafo (UMN: University of Minnesota)
#2Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac University)H-Index: 8
In this chapter we review leadership development in Ghana from both historical and contemporary perspectives. We present a critical analysis of current literature to bring to light practices used to ensure leadership effectiveness. Because of the diverse socioeconomic contexts and social systems that exist in Ghana, indigenous models for leadership development are complex and hard to adopt to organizational practices. We review work on the contributions made by the customs and traditions of Ghan...
#1Robert M. Yawson (Quinnipiac University)H-Index: 8
#2Bradley C. Greiman (UMN: University of Minnesota)H-Index: 8
As nanotechnology continues to advance in food and agriculture, there is the need for pragmatic decisions as to how to prepare the workforce, and human resource development (HRD) has a vital role to play. This mixed methods study followed a four-step process: The first phase involved a comprehensive systematic evidence review (SER) and stakeholder analysis. The second phase used multicriteria approaches for value elicitation, and the third phase included quantitative analysis, qualitative system...
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