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Dr. Randall Harris Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Randall Harris

"I think that the ability to cultivate and nurture relationships is the single most important skill set for general management."

Degrees held:

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration – University of Florida, 1995
  • MBA – University of Texas at Austin, 1989

Career highlights:

Authored or co-authored over 20 refereed publications; published case studies in leading strategic management textbooks; President of the North American Case Research Association in 2015-2016; consultant to internet start-ups, oil & gas, consumer services, and government organizations; certified for online learning by the Online Learning Consortium.

Which classes do you teach online?

Administrative Strategy and Policy (Capstone).

Why did you start teaching?

I started teaching because I found my passion in the area of strategic management. When I was taught the field of management by Harvard-trained professors using the case method, I found my niche in academia.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

One day at a time.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

It is better to take a risk than it is to sit on the sidelines and watch others living their lives. Life is short—get out there and try something.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Competitive Advantage by Michael Porter.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in business or management?

I think that the ability to cultivate and nurture relationships is the single most important skill set for general management.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in business face today?

The pace of technological change is altering the fundamental playbook for business. It will be necessary to be very nimble in the years ahead. Retraining and relearning will be essential for longevity. You have to stay teachable.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

I see online learning as an extension of the traditional classroom. Whether face-to-face, blended or fully online, the core task of teaching and learning remains the same—to take our knowledge and experience out to the frontier of what is currently known about the theory and practice of business.

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