ABOUT THE AUTHORS

​Our authors are distinguished academics that bring a wealth of experience from in and outside of the classroom. They are dedicated to providing faculty and students with the highest quality educational resources at affordable prices.​
Julian E. Gaspar PhD
Texas A&M University

Dr. Julian Gaspar, is the director of Texas A&M University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and is responsible for internationalizing Mays Business School's academic programs and faculty research. As the director of one of America's 17 CIBER business schools since 1991, Dr. Gaspar's mission is to infuse and promote internationalization in business courses. He is the architect of institutionalizing internationalization in Mays business curriculum through international business course design and development, and implementation of overseas study programs.  Dr. Gaspar teaches international finance and conducts study abroad program with Mays students in China, Europe and India.

 

Dr. Gaspar is an International Economist by training with three decades of international expertise in country risk analysis, project economic and financial analysis, and financial and industrial restructuring of emerging economies. His corporate experience stems from his years of work with Bank of America in Tokyo and San Francisco, where he conducted country risk analysis and researched and analyzed debt problems of developing countries. And, during his tenure as an international economist with the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, Dr. Gaspar worked on analyzing investment projects in Asia and designing financial and industrial restructuring programs for Poland and Cyprus. Dr. Gaspar received his Ph.D in international and monetary economics from Georgetown University, an MBA from Indiana University, and BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India. Dr. Gaspar consults with the U.S. Department of State on business education reform in Central Asia and Russia. Dr. Gaspar is the lead author of two textbooks --Introduction to Business and Introduction to Global Business.

Leonard Bierman PhD
Texas A&M University

Leonard Bierman is a Professor of Management at Texas A&M University. He has published widely in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, and the Academy of Management Review. He is currently a member of the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Review. He also has considerable real-world experience in the fields of international business and human resource management, including having worked earlier in his career at both the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

James W. Kolari PhD
Texas A&M University

James Kolari is Director of the Commercial Banking Program at Texas A&M University. He has taught financial markets and institutions classes and been active in international education, consulting, and executive education.  He holds the JP Morgan Chase Professorship in Finance at Mays Business School in Texas A&M University. With over 100 articles published in refereed journals, numerous other papers and monographs, 15 co-authored books, and over 100 competitive papers presented at academic conferences, he ranks in the top 1-2 percent of finance scholars in the United States, according to recently published guides of research productivity among finance professors.  His papers have appeared in such domestic and international journals as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.  Papers in Russian, Finnish, Dutch, Italian, and Chinese have appeared outside of the United States. 

 

He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki, Finland,. Faculty Fellow with the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, and Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, in addition to being a consultant to the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Bankers Association, Independent Bankers Association of America, and numerous banks and other organizations.  He has also worked as an advisor on the North American Free Trade Agreement for the State of Texas, consultant for the Mexican government in financing technology,member of the Academy of Sciences for Higher Education in Russia, and Faculty Fellow at the Swedish School of Business Economics in Vaasa, Finland

Richard T. Hise PhD
Texas A&M University

Richard Hise is emeritus Professor of Marketing and Holder of the Foley’s Professorship in Retailing and Marketing Studies at Mays Business School in Texas A&M University where he teaches and does research in marketing strategy, international marketing and technology management.  His 75 articles have appeared in such publications as the Journal of Marketing, Business Horizons, Journal of Global Marketing, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research-Technology Management, Industrial Marketing Management, and Marketing Management.  He has authored or co-authored six books on personal selling, product management, and marketing strategy.  A consultant to major corporations for more than 25 years (Hotel Sofitel, Rosewood Properties, Color Tile, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fleetwood Enterprises, IBM Consulting Group, Lockheed Martin, Harley Davidson, and Jason’s Deli), he has a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and the MBA and DBA degrees from the University of Maryland.  He has given executive development seminars for such organizations as Hoffman-LaRoche, Dallas Market Center, Indiana Farm Bureau, Specialty Advertising Association, Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies, Halliburton, Amoco, and Farm Credit Bank.

 

Dr. Hise has given a number of workshops on exporting strategies for small businesses.  He has lived in and taught courses in France, Kuwait, Mexico, and Ecuador and has also traveled in England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Russia.  In 1999, he was one of 150 international scholars included in Who’s Who in International Business Education and Research; he is also included in Who’s Who in America and in Who’s Who in Business and Finance. 

L. Murphy Smith PhD
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. L. Murphy Smith, CPA is a Professor of Accounting at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was among the first faculty members selected to teach on the RELLIS Campus. Previously, he taught at Louisiana Tech University, Ole Miss, and Murray State University. His academic record includes over 200 journal articles, 22 books and monographs, 180 academic conference presentations, 37 research grants, and 28 awards and special recognitions for teaching and research. He ranks in the top one percent of authors on Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN.com) by downloaded articles (over 64,000). His work is highly referenced, with over 2,700 citations to his work shown on Google Scholar. 

 

Among his awards are the Outstanding Educator Award from the Texas Society of CPAs, the Distinguished Member Award from the Institute of Management Accountants, the Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Accounting Association Strategic and Emerging Technologies Section, and the Authors Award from the Association of Government Accountants. Journals in which he has published include Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accountancy, and Internal Auditing. His work has been cited in various news media, including National Public Radio, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. 

 

Dr. Smith has served in numerous leadership roles in the accounting profession, the university, and the local community. He has served on the Ethics Task Force of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, on the American Accounting Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee, and as President of the American Accounting Association Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section. As a result of his ethics scholar reputation, he was invited and gave expert testimony at a United States Congressional Hearing regarding Accounting and Business Ethics in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith is a well-known ethics lecturer, having presented ethics in numerous college business courses, continuing education programs for business and accounting professionals, national academic conferences, and other venues such as the University of Baltimore Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Texas A&M University Veritas Forum, and the Institute of Management Accountants Student Leadership Conferences.

Murphy Smith, D.B.A., CPA is Professor of Accounting & Ethics at Murray State University. He received his Doctor of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1983. He joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1984 and has served as the director of A&M's Internal Auditing Program since 1994.  He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the American Accounting Association. His research interests are systems, ethics, and international issues. Dr. Smith's achievements include over 200 professional journal articles, research grants, books, and professional meeting presentations in the U.S. and abroad. Journals in which he has published include Journal of Information Systems, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, The CPA Journal, and Internal Auditing. His work has been cited in various news media, including Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. He serves in editorial roles at several international journals, including Associate Editor of the International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation.

 

In 2002 he received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies Section of the American Accounting Association. Also in 2002 he provided expert witness testimony in Washington, D.C. at a Congressional Hearing concerning business and accounting ethics. In 2003 he served on the Ethics Task Force for the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. In 2004, Dr. Smith received the Teaching and Curriculum Best Manuscript Award at the American Accounting Association Southwest Region annual meeting for his research paper, "Presenting Ethics in Accounting Classes: Encouraging Future Accountants to do What's Right,"

Dr. L. Murphy Smith, CPA is a Professor of Accounting at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was among the first faculty members selected to teach on the RELLIS Campus. Previously, he taught at Louisiana Tech University, Ole Miss, and Murray State University. His academic record includes over 200 journal articles, 22 books and monographs, 180 academic conference presentations, 37 research grants, and 28 awards and special recognitions for teaching and research. He ranks in the top one percent of authors on Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN.com) by downloaded articles (over 64,000). His work is highly referenced, with over 2,700 citations to his work shown on Google Scholar. 

 

Among his awards are the Outstanding Educator Award from the Texas Society of CPAs, the Distinguished Member Award from the Institute of Management Accountants, the Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Accounting Association Strategic and Emerging Technologies Section, and the Authors Award from the Association of Government Accountants. Journals in which he has published include Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accountancy, and Internal Auditing. His work has been cited in various news media, including National Public Radio, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. 

 

Dr. Smith has served in numerous leadership roles in the accounting profession, the university, and the local community. He has served on the Ethics Task Force of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, on the American Accounting Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee, and as President of the American Accounting Association Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section. As a result of his ethics scholar reputation, he was invited and gave expert testimony at a United States Congressional Hearing regarding Accounting and Business Ethics in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith is a well-known ethics lecturer, having presented ethics in numerous college business courses, continuing education programs for business and accounting professionals, national academic conferences, and other venues such as the University of Baltimore Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Texas A&M University Veritas Forum, and the Institute of Management Accountants Student Leadership Conferences.

Antonio Arreola-Risa PhD
Texas A&M University

Tony Arreola-Risa is Associate Professor of Information & Operations Management at Mays Business School in Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, his M.S. in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in operations management from Stanford University.

 

Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Arreola-Risa worked as a production and inventory control analyst at a manufacturing firm in Mexico, and later he taught at ITESM and at the University of Washington in Seattle. His primary research, teaching, and consulting interests are production and distribution systems as well as service operations, with emphasis on enterprise resource planning/supply chain management and health care systems management. He currently teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses. He has also lectured in executive education programs and consulted for numerous companies in the U.S. and abroad. Some of these companies include Boeing, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Nestle, and Neiman-Marcus. For the past several years, he has been doing research on the application of information technology to health care delivery. In particular, to learn about the application of enterprise resource planning systems to hospital administration, during his sabbatical year in 2004, he visited the headquarters of SAP in Walldorf, Germany, as well as hospitals and clinics in Spain, Austria, and Germany that are using SAP's R/3 Enterprise.

 

Dr. Arreola--Risa is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Some of his research can be found in the following professional journals Decision Science, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, Management Science, and Naval Research Logistics.