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Dr. Randy Napier

Dr. Randy Napier

Clinical Assistant Professor

"Students emerging from the Operations Management course will be able to establish effective working relationships with Supply Chain and Operations Management professionals in any industry."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Operations Management – University of Texas at Arlington
  • JD – University of Houston Law Center
  • MS in Management, Accounting – Florida International University
  • BA in Economics – Northwestern University

Career Highlights

Before joining the UTA faculty, Randy Napier logged over 25 years’ experience in management and consulting, with the last 20 years dedicated to enterprise resource planning software (ERP) and business process redesign projects.

Which classes do you teach online?

OPMA 5361 Operations Management

Why did you start teaching?

I wanted to share my knowledge and experience more broadly than I was able to do in consulting.

What advice would you give to those considering the UTA MBA online program?

One of my former students said it best. Be prepared to work hard. But remember to have fun--because if you don't have fun, it's not worth it.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in business?

The ability to work effectively as a team member. Most business challenges require the application of tools and skills from different disciplines, and trying to know everything about everything is not feasible.

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

Students emerging from the Operations Management course will be able to establish effective working relationships with Supply Chain and Operations Management professionals in any industry, and will be capable of applying the decision processes and quantitative techniques taught in the course to the management of any work group, department, or function.

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

Online learning will continue to effectively supplement classroom education and practical work experience.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that you students may not know.

My heroes have always been cowboys or consultants.

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