Faculty Profile

Robert Letovsky, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

Ph.D. Concordia University
M.B.A. University of Toronto
B.Comm. McGill University

Areas of Expertise:

Case development focused on organizational strategy, business/government relations and sustainability.

Courses I Teach:

  • Managerial Ethics
  • Business Policy & Strategic Management
  • Organizational Problem Solving
  • Marketing

My favorite class to teach is Managerial Ethics. It is the first required course in the BU major, and it really gets students to step outside of their comfort zone. While there is a core theory that has to be addressed, the course is set up so that we can explore issues that are current in the business world. For example, this Fall semester, the overall theme of the semester-long team research project is the ethical dilemma(s) posed by the adoption of new technologies in business. We will be examining data mining, drones, robots, self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence. The course also puts students into situations where ethical reasoning comes into play. I typically use a computer simulation to give students a hands-on experience as a manager in a series of hypothetical situations where they must make decisions which are sound not only financially but ethically.

Research Interests:

Case development focusing on business/government relations and sustainability

I use my published cases in my courses. The cases are written with my teaching interests in mind, and they underline key points being made in the course. At the same time, students get to see that I am actively engaged in research and in examining best (and worst) practices in the real world. 

I served as a consultant developing the business program at the newly established American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan, making three trips to Kabul between 2007 and 2008. In the summer of 2008, I taught an undergraduate introductory marketing course. Since 2006, I have served as an adjunct instructor at the Universidad Católica de El Salvador, in Santa Ana, El Salvador, where I have taught both Marketing and International Marketing in the university's MBA program. I have had papers and cases published in several journals, including The Case Research Journal, the Pew Case Study Center at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, The Columbia Journal of World Business, The Journal of Teaching in International Business, The Banker magazine, Multinational Business Review, and Quebec Studies Journal.  

Saint Michael's faculty can participate in our First-Year Seminar program, which is interdisciplinary. This has been a fabulous experience for me. Ten years ago, I co-developed a seminar on sustainable development with a colleague in our economics department. We taught the course for two years, then I co-taught it with another colleague from our biology department. I recently had an opportunity to participate as an instructor in the new Environmental Studies program, helping to team-teach an introductory course. For the past three years, I have worked with a colleague in the biology department to bring our senior capstone courses together. We form mixed teams of business and biology students and prepare business plans for "green" business startups. These plans are entered in our annual Enterprise Plan Competition. It's been a tremendously rewarding experience for me - I have learned a lot from my colleague and from the biology students and I know that our students are enjoying getting two different perspectives on a range of environmental issues.

Life Off Campus:

Outside Saint Michael's I enjoy hiking, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Robert Letovsky, professor of business administration and accounting, recently was honored with a three-year appointment as the David LaMarche Endowed Chair of Business Administration and Accounting, effective Fall 2017. President Jack Neuhauser confirmed the appointment on March 9, 2017, after Robert was nominated by business and accounting faculty colleagues, and received support from both Dean Jeff Ayres and Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen Talentino. Robert said he was hired by David LaMarche, so this appointment is especially meaningful for him.
(posted June 2017)

Robert Letovsky, professor of business administration accounting, in February gave  a briefing/presentation at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington to the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce board about the impact of the lower Canadian dollar with an overview of the Canadian economy.
(posted June 2016)

Robert Letovsky, professor of business, recently had his case study "The Workplace that Kills: Suicides at France Télécom Parts A and B" accepted for publication by the Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Pew Case Study Center.

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