Professor Hamilton’s academic training includes a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his M.B.A. degree from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dr. Hamilton has been a faculty member in the Strategic Management Department at Temple University since 1981 and has won eight awards for outstanding teaching. His teaching honors include a Musser Leadership Award for Teaching Excellence, International MBA Professor of the Year, the Asher Award for Outstanding Faculty, an MBA Student Association award for Excellence in Instructional Innovation, Executive MBA Faculty of the Year award-twice, a Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and the Great Teacher Award, Temple University’s highest teaching honor.
Professor Hamilton brings to both his teaching and research the benefits of managerial experience at a variety of organizations. He previously served 3 years in hospital administration at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC where he directed a department of 120 employees. After his MBA degree, he served as the Executive Director of the National Program for Dermatology and Associate Executive Director of the American Academy of Dermatology for 4 years. He has been responsible for long range planning, development of new organizational structures and implementing strategic change in each of these organizations.
Rob’s academic research has focused on strategic management in general with a particular focus on firm capabilities, industry competitive interaction and the control of multinational enterprises. He has served on 30 Ph.D. dissertation committees and has chaired, a total of 13 of those committees. He has published more than 30 articles in salient management journals. In addition, he has made more than 30 presentations at various conferences. He is a recipient of the Dean’s Research Honor Roll and twice been selected as an Outstanding Reviewer by the Academy of Management. He has served as a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of International Management for the last decade.
Dr. Hamilton’s service is extensive within the University as well as outside. He has formerly served Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, President of the School of Business’ Collegial Assembly (twice) and Chair of the Strategic Management Department. Professor Hamilton served as Chair of Temple University’s Great Teacher’s Award Committee for half a decade. He was faculty Co-Chair of the FSBM Planning Oversight Committee and facilitates School retreats.
He has served as a member of the Vestry and Rector’s Warden, and Finance Committee Chair at St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh. He is a current member of the Advisory Board of the Board of Directors of The Village –a home for troubled youths. He was previously a faculty member of the Temple University Alumni Association, Board of Directors and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Temple University Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry.
Rob was the recipient of the Fox Business School’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. This award recognizes a career of illustrious teaching, research and service. At the completion of his career in June, 2018 he was designated as Professor Emeritus.