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Robert MacDonald, MBA

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Robert MacDonald, MBA Stephen S. Steeves Chair in Business
Professor of Business Administration – Faculty Coordinator

Ph: 506-858-8970 Ext. 136
Email: robert.macdonald@crandallu.ca

Robert A. MacDonald holds the Steven S. Steeves Chair in Business, serves as Business Faculty Coordinator, and is Professor of Business Administration at Crandall University. He holds both a BA and BSc from Dalhousie University, and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, and joined Crandall in 2001.

Robert’s research is focused on business case study development, faith integration in business, strategic management, human resource management, and the management of not-for-profit organizations. His past projects, publications, and presentations stem from research into municipal policy, not-for-profit governance and control, charitable giving among Canadians, and challenges faced by small business enterprises.Robert is currently working on projects in the area of not-for-profit strategic management and faith integration in business school education.

Robert is a member of the North American Case Research Association (NACRA) and the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA), and serves on the editorial board of the Case Research Journal. He has been recognized often for his contributions to both Crandall University and his broader academic community, and has received the NACRA Special Award for Innovation in Case Writing (October 2021), the Stephen & Ella Steeves Excellence in Service Award (February 2019), the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference Award for Excellence in Reviewing (May 2017), the NACRA Award for Outstanding Academic Reviewing (October 2016), and the Stephen & Ella Steeves Excellence in Teaching Award (February 2010). Prior to his arrival at Crandall, Robert taught in the Department of Management at Saint Mary’s University.

Education

BA, Dalhousie University
BSc, Dalhousie University
MBA, Saint Mary’s University

Other Professional Appointments

  • Associate Editor, Case Research Journal (2018-present)
  • Editorial Board, Case Research Journal (2016-present)
  • Consultant to Apex Industries Inc. (2005)
  • Consultant to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Codiac Detachment) (2003)

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Organizational Theory
  • Leadership
  • Compensation Management
  • Recruitment, Selection and Training
  • Organizational Culture
  • Business Law
  • Church Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Christianity and Business

Honours & Scholarships

CMA Alberta Corporate Governance Award, 2012

Best Case Award, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference 2012

Best Case Award, Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, 2011

Best Case Award, Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, 2010

The Stephen & Ella Steeves Excellence in Teaching Award, Crandall University, 2010

Best Case Award, Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, 2009

The Stephen & Ella Steeves Excellence in Service Award, Atlantic Baptist University, 2009

Laurier School of Business & Economics Best Case Award, 2008

Best Case Award, Atlantic Schools of Business Conference, 2006 

Select Publications & Presentations

MacDonald, Robert A. and Steeves, Heather. (2016) If We Build It They Will Come: The Role of Governance in Expansion Decisions at Crandall University. The Case Research Journal (North American Case Research Association) Vol. 36:1 (pp. 1-26).

MacDonald, Robert A. and Dunnett, Jonathan. (2015) Evaluating Opportunities for Growth: Connetik Interactive and the Kitchener Decision. The Workplace Review (Sobey School of Business) October (pp. 49-69).

MacDonald, Robert A. and Steeves, Heather. (2015) Crossing the Thin Blue Line: The City of Moncton’s Struggle with Policing Services. The Case Research Journal (North American Case Research Association) Vol. 35:4.

MacDonald, Robert A., MacArthur, Amy, and Ching, Graeme. (2014) Bait and Switch Marketing? Jason Simmons Buys a Chrysler. The Workplace Review (Sobey School of Business) October (pp. 45-57).

MacDonald, Robert A. and McDonald, Katie. (2014) Tragic Kingdom: The Southern Baptist Convention Boycott of Walt Disney. The Christian Business Academy Review (CBFA) Vol. 9 (pp. 45-64).

MacDonald, Robert A. and Steeves, Heather. (2013) Simcoe Christian Academy: Governance and Control at a Not For Profit Organization.  The Journal of Biblical Integration in Business (CBFA) Vol. 16:2 (pp. 61-71).

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