Robert Yawson

Assistant Professor of Management
USA
Robert M. Yawson 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.

Publications

  • Peterson, G., Yawson, R. M., Sherman, J. & Johnson-Kanda, 1. (2018). A Systems Model of Using the Deliberate Leadership Framework for Addressing Wicked Problems. Int. J. Business and Systems Research, 12(3), 262-289. DOI 10.1504/IJBSR.2018.10010536
  • Yawson, R. M. (2017). Systematic Review to Identify Skill Needs for Agrifood Nanotechnology Workforce. Career and Technical Education Research, 42(3), 149 – 181. DOI: 10.5328/cter42.3.149.
  • Yawson, R. M., & Greiman, B. C. (2017). Strategic Flexibility Analysis of Agrifood Nanotechnology Skill Needs Identification. Technological Forecasting & Social Change. 118(C), 184 - 194. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2017.02.019
  • Milde, K. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Strategies for Social Media Use in Nonprofits. Journal of Management Policy and Practice. 18(1): 19-27
  • 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. 3(4), 261-277. DOI: 10.1504/ijclm.2016.10008000
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. DOI: 10.1080/09718923.2010.11892797
  • 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.
  • Yawson, R. M. (2011). Organizational Change: Themes and Issues. Human Resource Development International, 14(3), 363–366. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2011.585072
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Yawson, R. M. (2004). Agricultural Biotechnology, Poverty Reduction and Food Security in Ghana. Biotech.Ghana, 3(1), 7-8 ISSN 0855-6245
  • Yawson, R. M. (2017). Leadership Development in South Africa. In A. Ardichvili & D. Khalil (Eds.), Leadership Development in Emerging Markets Economies (1st ed., p 93-109.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. http://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58003-0_6
  • 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. http://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58003-0_12
  • Sprinkle T. A. & Yawson, R.M. (2018). Beyond Discussion Boards: Engagement Methods in the Online Classroom In: Reflective Reinvention: Harnessing our Heritage to Reshape Management Education. Proceedings of the 45th MOBTS Teaching Conference, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, June 6 - 9 2018.
  • Meixell, M., Yawson, R.M., and Chowdhury, T. G (2018). Assurance of Learning: Developing Interventions for Continuous Improvement in Curriculum. In: Proceedings of the 47th Northeastern Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) Annual Conference! Pgs. 34 -36. April 12 -14, 2018. Providence, R.I.
  • Yawson, R.M. (2018). Avoiding Cognitive Biases in Managing Wicked Problems. In: Proceedings of the 47th Northeastern Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) Annual Conference! Pgs. 37 – 39. April 12 -14, 2018. Providence, R.I.
  • Johnson-Kanda, I. & Yawson, R. M. (2018). Complex Adaptive Leadership for Organization and Human Development. In: Impact: Making a difference through research, teaching & service. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Providence, RI, May 2-5, 2018
  • Yawson, R. M., Woldeab, D., & Osafo, E. (2018). Human Resource Development and the Internet of Things. In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. Richmond, VA. Feb 14 - 17, 2018.
  • Osafo, E. & Yawson, R. M. (2018). The Role of HRD in University - Community Partnership for Leadership Development. In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. Richmond, VA. Feb 14 - 17, 2018.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Osafo, E. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Education and Human Resource Development in Ghana: The Need to Revisit Indigenous Forms. In: Proceedings of the 24th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX. March 1 - 4, 2017.
  • Woldeab, D. & Yawson, R. M. (2017). Thinking beyond the Comparison of Online Versus Traditional Learning: A Systematic Review & Meta-Analysis. A poster In: Proceedings of the 24th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX. March 2- 4, 2017.
  • 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. In: Proceedings of the 24th Annual AHRD International Conference in the Americas. San Antonio, TX. March 2- 4, 2017.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. http://ideas.repec.org/p/pra/mprapa/33185.html
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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/
  • 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
  • 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