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Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison
Assistant Professor of Management
Phone: (361) 570-4232
Office: UN212

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Dr. Morrison earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he completed all required coursework for both the concentration in Management and the concentration in Finance and had a co-chaired dissertation committee. The dissertation examined the competitive environment of community banking and potential impacts on debt funding for microenterprise entrepreneurs. He also earned a Ph.D. in Technology Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Systems from Indiana State University where the dissertation focused on technology management in the Central American maquilas of US multinational corporations. Dr. Morrison earned an MBA, a Master of Science in Industrial Technology, and a Master of Science Information Systems from Morehead State University as well as a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University Commerce. He earned a Bachelor of Science and an Associate of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Morrison had a successful entrepreneurial career for over twenty years. He began taking on management roles in his family's construction company during high school and continues to serve on the board of directors. Expanding on ventures related to manufacturing technologies started in the US, he founded a born-global firm operating out of a Free Trade Zone in Honduras providing and supporting software, computer networking, and shopfloor automation to the offshore factories (maquilas) manufacturing for US multinational corporations when the Caribbean Basin Initiative and NAFTA caused the shift of US manufacturing to Central American and Mexico. The client list included the largest US apparel manufacturers and some automotive component firms. He personally wrote software to handle the gross-to-net payroll as well as government reporting requirements for free trade zone firms in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. He has owned commercial and residential rental properties for over thirty years, is a founding shareholder of a community bank, and worked as a flight instructor and commercial pilot and holds commercial pilot licenses in both the US and Honduras. Starting during college, he worked as a police officer and paramedic and he and his family philanthropic pursuits include building schools and clinics throughout Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Basin as well as responding to hurricanes and other disasters relief efforts in the US and abroad since the 1970s.      

Like Dr. Morrison's career experience, his research spans a broad range of the business spectrum. He has published papers on technology management in multinational manufacturing, community banking, manufacturing incentive pay, currency exchange and devaluation, and entrepreneurship. He has presented his research at Academy of Management conferences where he has also served as a session chair and a reviewer as well as the Academy of International Business conferences and Decision Sciences conferences. He has been invited to the paper development workshop of the Academy of Management International Management Division twice as well as the Journal of International Business Studies paper development workshop.

Dr. Morrison has also taught a broad spectrum of business and technology courses. He has taught the full range of management courses from principles of management, organizational behavior, human resources, strategy, international business, and entrepreneurship to operations management and decision sciences areas including job analysis, supply chain, quality, logistics, facility design, production, technology management, project management, statistics, quantitative decision tools, analytical models for decision making, risk management, and research methods. He has taught several specialty courses including occupational safety and health, environmental issues, manufacturing, construction, and energy and petroleum industry related courses. In the area of information systems, he has taught information system fundamentals, networking, software engineering, corporate IT infrastructure, and IT project management. In areas of accounting and finance he has taught financial and managerial accounting, principles of finance, financial statement analysis, financial analytics and modeling, and financial forecasting.     

Academic Background  

Courses Taught at UHV

FINC 3304 - Business Finance