Faculty Profile

Accounting Faculty

Robert Letovsky, PhD

Business Administration and Accounting Department Chair, 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 focusing on business/government relations and sustainability

Courses I Teach:

  • Business Policy & Strategic Management
  • International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing

My favorite class to teach is International Business because it focuses on the nexus between business and public policy. The course gives students an opportunity to see the connections between the right kinds of public policy and economic development, and the wrong kinds of public policy and economic hardship. The course also focuses on the global trading system and is the gateway for students to understand the role that free trade and open markets has played in reducing poverty and promoting economic progress.

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, 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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