- International Education
- Cultural Intelligence
- Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
- PhD, Hospitality Administration, Texas Tech University
- MBA, International Business, Texas Tech University
- BBA, Management, Texas Tech University
Harper is an assistant professor of practice in the area of marketing & supply chain. Harper has extensive international experience having studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of London in England as well as for a portion of his MBA at the Helsinki School of Business and Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Harper has led foreign study programs for Rawls students on 18 occasions to Paderno, Italy; Dublin, Ireland, and Honefoss, Norway. His extensive international experience has taken him to 54 countries around the world.
Harper started his career with the Rawls College of Business as the founder of the International business programs office in 1997. In this capacity he expanded the Rawls foreign study programs from five programs and 25 participants in 1997 to over 42 foreign study programs with 487 student participants by 2008. During his tenure, Harper supported and managed: the undergraduate major in international business as well as an international MBA, and two dual degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level with Montpellier Sup de Co located in Montpellier France and a Joint MBA degree with Anahuac University located in Mexico City, Mexico.
In 2008, Harper took a full-time position teaching in the area of marketing & supply chain. Harper has taught many classes, including: international marketing, services marketing, integrated marketing communications, consumer behavior and introduction to marketing. In 2019, Harper was inducted into Texas Tech University's Teaching academy for his extraordinary efforts in the classroom.
Harper's research interests are focused on issues dealing with the creation and promotion of international education, specifically what motivates students to participate in foreign study programs. Harper also investigates the phenomena of cultural intelligence and how this can further be developed by individuals.