Educational Background

  • Master of Business Administration, Financial management, University of Pittsburgh, 1975
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1972

Professional Background

  • Michael Yahr is a Professor of Management in his 25th year in the Robert Morris University School of Business. His prior experience includes 10 years as a full-time instructor in the Pennsylvania State University system and as a principal in a small business where he acted as salesperson, accounts receivable manager, production supervisor and general manger. Professor Yahr primarily teaches the Management Simulation and International Business courses and writes about ethical and corporate governance issues. He also is a certified facilitator for the FastTrac entrepreneurship program.. He serves on numerous University and School of Business committees. Professor Yahr sponsors the Sigma Beta Delta International Honorary Society chapter for outstanding business students at RMU.


  • 2013. Comparing Current students to a Pre-Millennial Generation: Are They Really Different? Research in Higher Education Journal. Vol. 20, June. Co-author Kurt Schimmel
  • 2013. Say-on-Pay Proxies and the Banking Industry. Journal of Management and Marketing Research. Vol. 13, Mar.
  • 2010-2011: "The Pittsfield Symphony: Managing the Arts in Tough Times" in the Journal of Business Cases and Applications. Co-author: Ronald Rubenfield
  • 2009-2010: "Perceptions of College and University Codes of Ethics" Co-authors Lois Bryan and Kurt Schimmel. Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.
  • 2008-2009: "Team-Based Approaches to Compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act" Co-authors Lois Bryan and Dan Rota. Published in the Journal of Management and Marketing Research


  • 2014 - "Digital Boards and the Banking Industry" anticipated March 28 in the BSG section at the Midwest Business Administration Conference.
  • 2014 - "An Update on Say-on-Pay Practices at Large Commercial Banks". Anticipated March 28 at the BSG section of the Midwest Business Administration Conference.
  • 2013 - "Corporate Political Spending and The Banking Industry". Midwest Business Administration Conference. Feb. 28. received the McGraw-Hill Irwin Distinguished Paper Award in BSG section
  • 2012 - "Say-on-Pay Proxies and the Banking Industry". Nov. 8 at the Academy of Business Disciplines Conference.
  • 2012 - March, 2012-"The Impact of Financial Reforms on Executive Compensation" at the MBAA Conference.Co-author Ronald Rubenfield.
  • 2012 - March, 2012-"Utizing Simulations in the Classroom" at the MBAA Conference.
  • 2011 - November, 2011- "Comparing Current Students to a Pre-Millennial Generation: Are they Really Different" at the Academy of Business Disciplines Conference. Co-author: Kurt Schimmel
  • 2010 - November, 2010- "An Exploration of Generational Differences in the Use of Social Media for Job and Personal Finance", at the Academy of Business Disciplines Conference. Co-authors: Kurt Schimmel, Lois D. Bryan
  • 2010 - Feb. 19, 2010-"The Evolution of the Administration of Assurance of Learning: From Paper to Web Based Planning and Reporting Documents" with Lois Bryan, Mark Eschenfelder, Yasmin Purohit, Scott Branvold and Brian O'Roark
  • 2009 - Nov. 2009- "The Development of One Dimensional Scales for Assessing Stakeholder Perceptions of Academic Ethical Codes" Co-authors: Lois D. Bryan, Kurt Schimmel.