Michael Barnett

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Ph.D., New York University; Strategic Management
MBA, Webster University; Business
B.S., University of Missouri; Business


Strategic management; corporate reputation; corporate social responsibility; industry self-regulation

Mike joined RBS in 2012, serving as Vice Dean for Academic Programs until 2015. He researches how firms' efforts at stakeholder management, through acts of corporate social responsibility and via communal institutions such as industry trade associations, influence their reputations and financial performance and affect society. Many of his research papers can be viewed and downloaded here: http://ssrn.com/author=414796. His scholarship has been recognized with numerous awards, to include annual Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Proceedings, and the International Association for Business & Society, as well as Finalist for the Aspen Institute's Faculty Pioneer Award. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of the leading peer-reviewed journals in management, to include AMJ, AMR, AMP, BAS, LRP, and SMJ. He has guest edited special issues of CRR and LRP, and edited a handbook and a four-volume compilation on corporate reputation.

While on sabbatical in 2015, Mike is Visiting Scholar at the Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University. He also serves as Distinguished "Star" Visiting Professor at EGADE Business School, Technologico de Monterrey; and as International Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of Bath, School of Management, Centre for Business, Organisations & Society. Since 2013, Mike has served as International Research Fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation. Further, Mike is the 2014-15 Chair of the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, and he was selected to be an American Council on Education Fellow, Class of 2015-16.

Prior to joining RBS, from 2009-12, Mike was Professor of Strategy at Said Business School and Fellow in Management at St. Anne's College, Oxford University. During his time at Oxford, Mike directed the Economics & Management degree programme at St. Anne's, and was Academic Area Head for the Strategy group at Said. Further, he served as Research Director of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.

From 2003-09, Mike was a member of the faculty of the College of Business at the University of South Florida. He received numerous department and college-level research awards and a university level teaching award. In 2008, he was granted early tenure and appointed Exide Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, as well as Research Fellow of the Patel Center for Global Solutions. Mike also represented the College as a member of the University's Faculty Senate, wherein he was elected Secretary.

Mike holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University,  an M.B.A. from Webster University, and a B.S. from the University of Missouri's College of Business. He was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma at NYU, honored as a distinguished graduate of Webster, and was a campus safety officer, resident assistant, International Student Exchange Program participant, and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Mizzou.

Outside academia, Mike's primary managerial experience was in the United States Air Force, wherein he completed Officer Training School as a Distinguished Graduate and served as Squadron Section Commander of a large aircraft maintenance squadron and then Executive Officer of a large logistics group at McConnell Air Force Base. While at McConnell, Mike won numerous medals, ribbons, and awards. He also completed his MBA and served as a commissioned reserve police officer with the Wichita Police Department. He has gained further managerial insights from more odd jobs than he can remember, starting at age 9 as a paper carrier for The Telegraph, and continuing on with two years as a crew member at McDonald's, two summers as a police dispatcher and casual laborer, four years as a "cadet" in the patrol and investigations divisions of the MUPD, two years as a security officer at corporate headquarters of Shelter Insurance and State Farm Insurance and at Ellis Fischell Cancer Center, two years of temporary secretarial work that included entering VIN numbers into a database that became CarFax and serving as quality control inspector on the midnight-to-noon shift at an Oscar Mayer hot dog plant. Mike also held a full-time but short stint as a check processor.