Dr. Robert Mittelman is an associate professor of social entrepreneurship and co-director of the School of Business. Mittelman co-led Royal Roads’ application to become a designated Ashoka U Changemaker Campus and now serves as an Ashoka U change leader. His research interests relate to social entrepreneurship, corporate social innovation and non-profit marketing. His recent work explores new theories of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. He is currently working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council project to examine the imagery and narratives used in the marketing of international humanitarian aid. Mittelman’s work has been published as part of non-profit studies as well as in various marketing, consumer behaviour and education journals. Prior to Royal Roads, Mittelman worked as an entrepreneur, starting and running a number of small businesses and social enterprises in Canada and abroad. He has worked with micro-entrepreneurs in Peru with Kiva.org, served as a consultant with MBAs Without Borders in Guatemala, and started his own business in Nicaragua. He has taught a variety of course in entrepreneurship, international business, and marketing at the undergraduate, graduate and executive education levels with students from Canada, Colombia and Iran. Mittelman received his PhD in Management from the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University (2015) where he investigated charitable giving to distant strangers. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2006) as well as a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western University (1997).

Recent Submissions

  • Teaching in Iran: Culture and consequences 

    Cray, David; McKay, Ruth; Mittleman, Robert (Intercultural Education, 2018)
    The purpose of this paper is to examine cultural effects on interactions within a Canadian MBA program delivered in Iran. The analysis helps illuminate some of the important cultural differences between the countries and ...
  • Why Canadians give to charity: An extended theory of planned behaviour model 

    Mittleman, Robert; Rojas-Méndez, José I. (International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, 2018)
    The purpose of this paper is to test an expanded model of charitable giving and the intention to donate based on the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB). The novelty of this research resides in disaggregating the overall ...
  • Cultural intelligence and mindfulness: Teaching MBAs in Iran 

    Cray, David; McKay, Ruth; Mittleman, Robert (Journal of International Education in Business, 2018)
    Purpose: A dynamic global economy has increased the need for cross-cultural flexibility and cultural intelligence. While a large literature has examined various means to increase cultural intelligence (CQ) in student and ...
  • Biases in charitable giving to international humanitarian aid: The role of psychic distance 

    Mittleman, Robert; Dow, Douglas (Journal of Macromarketing, 2018)
    At a time when government support for international humanitarian aid is decreasing, organizations devoted to helping in times of disaster are looking ever more to the individual donor for financial contributions. In this ...
  • Exploring consumer's needs and motivations in online social lending for development 

    Mittleman, Robert; Rojas-Méndez, José I. (Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, 2013)
    This study is the first in exploring the needs and motivations of those who participate in the social phenomenon of Online Social Lending for Development (OSL4D). OSL4D represents a new form of charity support behavior ...