Professor Robert Grossman recognized for writing on GM

By Deana Hasandjekaj '15, Office of Media Relations

POUGHKEEPSIE (Dec. 20, 2013) – Professor of Management Studies Robert J. Grossman was honored with a prestigious national award earlier this year for "Accelerating Change at GM," an article he wrote for the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Magazine, where he is a longtime contributing editor.

Grossman's story won the gold in the print case history category of the American Society of Business Press Editors’ National Azbee awards. AZBEES

Grossman's winning piece focused on the human resources side of General Motors and the people perspective of the business.

In the article, Grossman discusses the history of General Motors, how the company got in and out of bankruptcy, and how their human resources department played a huge role in the company’s turnaround.

Read Robert J. Grossman's Azbee Award-Winning Article, "Accelerating Change at GM," in HR Magazine

"It talks about the need to find this new human resources professional to lead the people side of the business into the future and how they were going to decide who it was going to be," Grossman said.

Grossman did extensive research and reporting to prepare for interviews with top GM executives. "I read everything I could get my hands on about General Motors," he said.

Patience and persistence were key. It took about two years for HR Magazine to gain access to GM's C-suite for the piece. Grossman was pitched as the man for the job because of his wealth of experience writing profile pieces on big corporations. His impartial, journalistic style allowed him to interview leaders at General Motors as well as critics and experts in the industry. "It kind of speaks for itself," he said. "You can reach your own conclusions just by reading the story."  

HR Magazine, one of the country's largest business-to-business publications, submitted Grossman's work for award consideration. "When it comes to writing, when people who will do this for a living say that you did a good job, that’s pretty nice," Grossman said.

Grossman is a lawyer by training and has a background in higher education administration, but his reporting and writing skills were honed at the local daily newspaper. "I owe my career in doing this to lots and lots of people, but among the people is Gerry McNulty," he said of his Marist colleague, who directs the internship program for the School of Communication and the Arts. "Gerry was the first person I ever worked for as a journalist when he was at the The Poughkeepsie Journal." Grossman worked as an intern at the paper while on sabbatical from Marist College, covering general assignment stories.

Grossman writes long-form pieces about issues in the workplace such as violence, religion, and race. He published a piece about the role of women in the workplace for the November 2013 issue of HR Magazine and has a piece on organized labor and nonprofit work centers in the current (December) issue.

Grossman has worked for HR Magazine for over 20 years and, in that time, has written feature articles about top corporations like Netflix, Home Depot, IBM, and UPS, as well as contributing to other top business and general interest publications.

More about Robert Grossman

Robert Grossman is a professor in the School of Management at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In addition to his teaching and counseling, he also works as a state-certified arbitrator, mediator and consultant.

He holds a master’s degree in law (LL.M) from NYU Law School, a J.D. from the University of Buffalo, and a bachelor's degree in history from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.

Grossman's freelance work has appeared in a variety of respected publications, including Entrepreneur, WSJ.Com, The Christian Science Monitor, The Miami Herald, The Oregonian, Health Forum Journal, and The Buffalo News. He has written for HR Magazine since 1996. Previously, he served as a business and general assignment reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal and a business reporter for the Hudson Valley Business Journal. In 1998, he was awarded a Ford Fellowship in Business Journalism at the University of Kansas.

Before joining the faculty of Marist College, Grossman served as Vice President for College and Community Affairs at SUNY Purchase in N.Y.; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn.; and Dean for Faculty and Staff Relations at Brooklyn College in the City University of New York.