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Business students in the Management program at Roger Williams University learn how to budget, organize, plan, hire, direct, control and otherwise manage complex organizations. Management students are challenged to think about issues such as diversity, ethics, politics and the many other dynamics that play a role in every work environment. The Management program at RWU is characterized by a broad variety of classes ranging from managing human resources to planning and control. Academic coursework is complemented by an internship requirement, which provides a hands-on component that amplifies the concepts taught in the classroom, and Management students have great flexibility in choosing electives to fit their interests.

As with all majors at RWU, the Management program offers numerous opportunities for student/faculty research and presentations. Recently, two projects, “The Impact of 'Green Collar Workers' on Organizations” and “Leadership for the Next Generation” were presented at the Northeast Decision Sciences Annual Meeting.

Graduates are prepared for management careers in human resources, procurement and purchasing, administrative services and health services, to name just a few.

Alexander R. Knights, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management

State University of New York at Binghamton Ph.D.
St. John’s University, Queens, NY MBA
St. John’s University, Queens, NY, B.S.

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Areas of Expertise: 
Executive Psychology, Leader Personality (e.g., traits and motives), Strategic Leadership and Organizational-level Outcomes, Quantitative Content/Textual Analysis and Statistical Methodology

Alexander R. Knights

Alexander R.
Knights
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management

State University of New York at Binghamton Ph.D.
St. John’s University, Queens, NY MBA
St. John’s University, Queens, NY, B.S.

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Areas of Expertise: 
Executive Psychology, Leader Personality (e.g., traits and motives), Strategic Leadership and Organizational-level Outcomes, Quantitative Content/Textual Analysis and Statistical Methodology

Alexander Knights is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business (GSB). He joined GSB in January, 2015 after completing his Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Prior to joining academia, Professor Knights worked in the area of Securities Lending at JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York City.

In addition to teaching courses at GSB in Management Principles and Leadership, Professor Knights also conducts research that focuses on executive psychology. Specifically, his research is fundamentally interested in enriching our understanding of the role that executive dispositions play in outcomes related to leaders (e.g., behaviors, decision-making, and compensation) and organizations (e.g., innovation, organizational design and performance).

Farbod Farhadi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
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SB 333

Farbod Farhadi

Farbod
Farhadi
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
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SB 333
Barbara L. Grota, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean/Director of The Leadership Institute, Assistant Professor of Management

B.A. Southeastern Massachusetts University, 1979
M.S. Syracuse University, 1982
Ph.D. Walden University, 2005

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401 254-3092
SB 109A
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Leadership Development, Organizational Behavior, High Involvement Management, Stress Management and Resilience Teaching: Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Stress Management, Health Psychology

Barbara L. Grota

Barbara L.
Grota
Ph.D.
Assistant Dean/Director of The Leadership Institute, Assistant Professor of Management

B.A. Southeastern Massachusetts University, 1979
M.S. Syracuse University, 1982
Ph.D. Walden University, 2005

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401 254-3092
SB 109A
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Leadership Development, Organizational Behavior, High Involvement Management, Stress Management and Resilience Teaching: Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Stress Management, Health Psychology

Dr. Barbara L. Grota began serving as Assistant Dean in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University (RWU) and as an Assistant Professor of Management in 2000.  Dr. Grota is experienced with practioner faculty development, management, academic advising, curriculum development and teaching.  Her work with practioner faculty in the business school has earned praise from numerous representatives of - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the accrediting body for the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

In addition, Dr. Grota has been responsible for the RWU Leadership Institute since its creation in 2009.  The Institute provides leadership development and education to a wide variety of constituents; both international and domestic from the private and public sectors, including professionals, graduate and undergraduate students. 

Elizabeth Volpe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business Management

B.S. Cornell University
M.S., Ph.D. Boston College

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401-254-5488
SB205
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Relationships in Organizations, Friendship in the Workplace, Issues Surrounding the Work-Life Interface, Women’s Careers, Identity and Identification.

Elizabeth Volpe

Elizabeth
Volpe
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business Management

B.S. Cornell University
M.S., Ph.D. Boston College

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401-254-5488
SB205
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Relationships in Organizations, Friendship in the Workplace, Issues Surrounding the Work-Life Interface, Women’s Careers, Identity and Identification.
Diane Harvey, M.A.
Professor of Management

B.S. Roger Williams University
M.A. Salve Regina University

Contact Information
401-254-3018
SB320
Areas of Expertise: 
Human Resource Management, Strategic Management

Diane Harvey

Diane
Harvey
M.A.
Professor of Management

B.S. Roger Williams University
M.A. Salve Regina University

Contact Information
401-254-3018
SB320
Areas of Expertise: 
Human Resource Management, Strategic Management
Susan M. Bosco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management

B.S. Boston University
M.B.A. Bryant College
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island

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401-254-3175
SB 327
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Gender in organizations, Work and family interaction, Pedagogical issues in management education, Development of effective diversity training programs, Workplace diversity and corporate success, Organizational culture change, Career Planning.

Susan M. Bosco

Susan M.
Bosco
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management

B.S. Boston University
M.B.A. Bryant College
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island

Contact Information
401-254-3175
SB 327
Areas of Expertise: 
Research: Gender in organizations, Work and family interaction, Pedagogical issues in management education, Development of effective diversity training programs, Workplace diversity and corporate success, Organizational culture change, Career Planning.

Susan Bosco is a Professor of Management and has been at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business for 15 years.  At the university she has served in a variety of duties, including Faculty Senate President, Faculty Union President, NEASC self-study co-leader, Management area representative, and General Education Planning and Strategy. Prior to academia, she spent 10 years in the banking industry, last serving as Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations.  In addition, she has consulted for a variety of companies in areas such as Customer Service, Project Management, Teamwork, Leadership, and Process Improvement. Dr. Bosco teaches Enterprise, Management Principles, Organizational Behavior, International Organizational Behavior and Managing Workplace Diversity.