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Robert Barbato

Professor
Department of Management, International Business, and Entrepreneurship
Saunders College of Business

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

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Robert Barbato

Professor
Department of Management, International Business, and Entrepreneurship
Saunders College of Business

Education

BA, Le Moyne College; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Bio

Bob Barbato is a Professor of Management in the Saunders College of Business. His, primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of business ethics,, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, at RIT, Bob has taught or lectured in Kosovo, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic,, Hungary, South Korea, Ethiopia and England.

Areas of Expertise
Business ethics
Entrepreneurship
Organizational behavior

Currently Teaching

MGMT-806
1 Credits
During this one-week course, students will understand how to motivate and lead teams as well as how to support the leadership of others. Students will undertake a critical evaluation of the ethical responsibilities of managers and corporations. Each incoming student joins a study group of around four or five students selected for diversity of skills and experience. This course also serves as a general orientation for incoming EMBA students.
MGMT-810
2 Credits
This course focuses on the role of the general manager as a leader in an organization. The course addresses analytical and behavioral strategies and techniques for leadership by examining problem-solving models, personal values, and communications. The emphasis is on the interpersonal skills needs to express different leadership styles and behaviors. Cases, exercises, and class discussions will be used to examine and explore opportunities for managers to become more effective as leaders in modern organizations.
MGMT-740
3 Credits
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership.
MGMT-775
3 Credits
This course uses cases, readings, and class discussions to apply concepts of ethics to business at the macro level and at the micro level. At the macro level the course examines competing business ideologies exploring the ethical concerns of capitalism as well as the role of business in society. At the micro level the course examines the role of the manager in establishing an ethical climate with an emphasis on the development of ethical leadership in business organizations. The following topics are typically discussed: the stakeholder theory of the firm, corporate governance, marketing and advertising ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, product safety, ethical reasoning, business's responsibility to the environment, moving from a culture of compliance to a culture of integrity, and ethical leadership.
MGMT-599
3 Credits
The student will work independently under the supervision of a faculty adviser. *Note: Instructor approval.
MGMT-741
3 Credits
This course addresses the importance of organizational change in maintaining a flexible, dynamic, and responsive organization, by examining various theories and approaches currently used to assist organizations in achieving planned change. The role of the leader in achieving organizational change is emphasized. The features of successful change in organizations will be discussed, including the structural, motivational, interpersonal, and social aspects of organizational change.

Select Scholarship

Journals
Sonfield, M.,Lussier, R.,& Barbato, R. (2011). Generational Stages in Family Firms: Expanding the Database - Kosovo. Southern Journal of Entrepreneurship. 4. 1-16.
Lussier, R.,Sonfield, M.,& Barbato, R. (2010). Family-Member and Non-Family-Member Managers in Family Firms: Adding a Seventh Country to the International Database - Kosovo. Journal of Small Business Strategy. 20. 97-114.
Barbato, R.,Demartino, R.,& Jacques, P. (2009). The Entrepreneurial Motivations of Non-Employer Entrepreneurs. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.
DeMartino, R.,Barbato, R.,& Jacques, P. (2006). Exploring the Career Achievement and Personal Life Orientations Difference Between Entrepreneurs and Non-Entrepreneurs: The Impact of Sex and Dependents. Journal of Small Business Management.
DeMartino, R.,& Barbato, R. (2003). Differences Among Women and Men MBA Entrepreneurs: Exploring Family Flexibility and Wealth Creation as Career Motivators. Journal of Business Venturing.
DeMartino, R.,& Barbato, R. (2002). An Analysis of the Motivational Factors of Intending Entrepreneurs. Journal of Small Business Strategy.
Sonfield, M.,Lussier, R.,& Barbato, R. (2001). The Entrepreneurial Aptitude of Prison Inmates and the Potential Benefit of Self-Employment Training Programs. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal.
Barbato, R.,Sonfield, M.,& Durlabhji, S. (1996). Transfer Payment Diversion Programs and Displaced Workers: A Perfect Match?. Journal of Private Enterprise. 12.
Sonfield, M.,& Barbato, R. (1994). Testing Prison Inmates for Entrepreneurial Aptitude. Journal of Small Business Strategy. 5.
Barbato, R.,Sonfield, M.,& Bracker, J. (1990). Worker Dislocation and Potential Entrepreneurship. Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Barbato, R.,& Durlabhji, S. (1989). Budding Entrepreneurs: Business Students and Dislocated Workers. Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.
Nowlin, W.,& Barbato, R. (1988). The Truth About Lie Detectors. Business and Society Review.
Paul, K.,& Barbato, R. (1985). The Organization Behavior Teaching Review. The Organization Game: Its Use and Life Cycle. 9.
Barbato, R.,& Widrick, S. (1985). Marketing Negative Products: Implications for Organization Development Practitioners. Organization Development Journal. 3.
Paul, K.,& Barbato, R. (1985). The Multinational Corporation in the Less developed Country: The Economic Development Model vs. the North-South Model. Academy of Management Review. 10.
Barbato, R.,Butler, R.,& Sandler, J. (1985). Distinguishing Psychological Characteristics of Budding Entrepreneurs. Journal of Private Enterprise. 1.
Presentations
DeMartino, R.,Atkins, S.,& Barbato, R. (2016). Seeking Self Employment in the Deaf Community: The Entrepreneurial Factors and Antecedents. Academy of Management Annual Meering.
DeMartino, R.,Barbato, R.,Atkins, S.,& Perotti, V. (2011). Entrepreneurship and the Disabled: An Exploratory Study on the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community. Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference.
Barbato, R.,DeMartino, R.,& Jacques, P. (2006). The Entrepreneurial Motivations of Non-employer Entrepreneurs. Academy of Management National Conference.
Proceedings
Barbato, R., (2013). Opportunity Recognition and the Importance of Successful Failure. Annual Eastern Conference of the Small Business Institute.
Olabisi, J.,& Barbato, R. (2013). The Effect of Transactive Memory Systems (TMS) on Effective Group Performance of Virtual Teams. 37th Annual Conference of the Small Business Institute.
Oguntebi, J.,& Barbato, R. (2012). The Effect of Virtual Group Process Enablers on Effective Group Performance. Proceedings of the Small Business Institute Conference.
Barbato, R.,Lussier, R.,& Sonfield, M. (2011). An Analysis of Ethical Attitudes of Family Business Owners in a Transitional Economy: The Case of Kosovo. Proceedings of the Small Business Insititute Annual Eastern Conference. 12-22.
Sonfield, M.,Lussier, R.,& Barbato, R. (2010). Micro vs Small Family Businesses: An Investigation of Kosovo Firms. Proceedings of the Eastern Small Business Institute. 17-30.
Sonfield, M.,Lussier, R.,& Barbato, R. (2010). Generational Stages in Family Firms: Expanding the Database - Kosovo. Proceedings of the Small Business Institute.
Lussier, R.,Sonfield, M.,& Barbato, R. (2010). Family-Member and Non-Family-Member Managers in Family Firms: Adding a Seventh Country to the International Database - Kosovo. Proceedings of the Small Business Institute.
Sonfield, M.,Lussier, R.,& Barbato, R. (2009). An Examination of Family-Member and Non-Family-Member Managers in Kosovo Family Businesses. Proceedings of the Eastern Small Business Institute.
Sonfield, M.,Lussier, R.,& Barbato, R. (2009). Family Business Generational Stages: Expanding the Data Base to Kosovo. Proceedings of the Small Business Institute Eastern Bloc Conference.
Barbato, R.,& Oliver, B. (2008). Ethical Challenges for Small Business Owners. Proceedings of the Small Business Institute Eastern Bloc Conference.
Barbato, R.,Zyglidopoulos, S.,& Tracy, P. (2008). Institution Building in Regional Clusters: A Study of the Finger Lakes Winery Cluster. SBIDA Regional Conference.
DeMartino, R.,Barbato, R.,& Jacques, P. (2004). Exploring the Career and Family Orientations of Entrepreneurs. Small Business Institute Directors' Annual Conference, Clearwater FL.
Barbato, R., (2004). Evangelical Entrepreneurs, Ferry Tales, and Barriers to Execution. SBIDA Regional Conference.
DeMartino, R.,& Barbato, R. (2002). Motivational Factors of Intending Female and Male Entrepreneurs. Proceedings of the Small Business Institute Conference.
DeMartino, R.,& Barbato, R. (2001). Gender Differences Among MBA Entrepreneurs. SBIDA National Conference.
Barbato, R.,& DeMartino, R. (2001). Exploring the Motivational Differences of Women Intending on Entrepreneurship. SBIDA Regional Conference.
Barbato, R.,& DeMartino, R. (2001). Nonemployer Businesses and Career Motivators Among Female Entrepreneurs. SBIDA Regional Conference.
DeMartino, R.,& Barbato, R. (2000). MBA Entrepreneurs: A call for Research. SBIDA Regional Conference.
Barbato, R.,Sonfield, M.,& Lussier, R. (1999). New Directions in the Analysis of Prison Inmates. SBIDA Regional Conference.
Barbato, R.,& Sonfield, M. (1995). Expanded Data on Prison Inmate Entrepreneurial Aptitude. SBIDA Region Regional Conference.
Barbato, R.,Tessoni, D.,& Marks, N. (1991). An Empirical Investigation of the Use of Alternative Valuation Techniques for Privately Owned Businesses. National SSBIA.
Barbato, R.,& Sonfield, M. (1991). Credit and Equity Support as Components of Self Employment Development Programs. SBIDA National Conference.
Barbato, R.,Sonfield, M.,& Bracker, J. (1989). Dislocation and Entrepreneurial Success: A Follow-up Study. SBIDA National Conference.
Barbato, R.,& Bracker, J. (1988). Dislocation and Potential Entrepreneurship. SBIDA National Conference.
Barbato, R.,& Durlabhji, S. (1984). An Empirical Test of Some Underlying Concepts of Theory Z Management. The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.
Barbato, R.,& Tyler, P. (1984). Designing, Marketing, and Conducting a Successful Small Business Executive Development Program. The International Council of Small Business.