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Dr. Michael J. Provitera

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Dr. Michael J. Provitera

"Students apply what they learn as they learn and constantly evolve with new knowledge and new perspectives of managerial implication"

Degrees Held:

  • DBA – Nova Southeastern University, 2000
  • MBA – St. John's University, 1989
  • BS in Management – City University of New York, 1985

Career Highlights:

Professor Provitera began his career in management and finance in the financial services industry, originally working for Merrill Lynch on Wall Street. After completing his academic studies and earning his DBA at Nova Southeastern University, Provitera began a career in higher education at Saint Peter’s College as Assistant Professor in September 2000.

In January 2004, he transferred to Barry University in Miami, Florida, where he was an assistant academic coordinator for the administration division of the School of Professional and Career Education and served for many years on the faculty. He has been responsible for course development in the administration concentration in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and has participated on several search committees for new faculty and staff. His latest online course development has been two leadership courses–one undergraduate and one graduate–using the Academic Partnerships procedure

His academic interests are primarily in the areas of management education, motivation, transformational leadership, knowledge management, social capital view, strategic management, and organizational behavior. He is currently a management consultant for the City of North Miami through the PACE Training and Development division. He is also an author of several books on leadership and motivation.


Dr. Provitera is the author of the books Mastering Self-Motivation: Preparing Yourself for Personal Excellence, which is written for undergraduate students and business owners. Bringing Together the Academic and Popular Literature is written for graduate students and executives. His recent book, Leading Between the Lines, is designed for executives by applying academic theory and application. He published and presented his research in various venues across North America and is active in the Academy of Management. For many years, Dr. Provitera served as a management consultant to businesses and corporate clients. He has written proprietary reports based on studies and analyses of business practices.

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In which online degree program do you teach?

Bachelor of Science in Administration

Which classes do you teach online?

Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Total Quality Management, Human Resource Management, Management.

What do you want students to take away from your courses?

Students apply what they learn as they learn and constantly evolve with new knowledge and new perspectives of managerial implication.

What advice would you give to students considering this online program?

Think about the flexibility, the opportunity to travel and work at your own discretion, and actively managing your pace as you proceed through the program.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in management?

Using the four functions of management: controlling, leading, organizing, and planning. Think about your own personal vision, mission, goals and objectives. Consider applying this idea to your work.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

True North: Discover your Authentic Leadership by Bill George

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I am an advocate of paying forward and paying backward to help students become better leaders and managers.

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