Roderick MacPherson earned his B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson University, his M.B.A. from Arizona State University and his D.B.A. from Mississippi State University.
MacPherson emphasizes the importance of applying one’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills in his upper-level courses such as International Marketing, Marketing Research, Services Marketing and Applied Research in Marketing. He also teaches the macroeconomics course.
After a two-year stint in the military, and prior to entering academia, he held various sales positions with V.J. LiPuma and Associates, Haynes and Co. and the Chronheim Co.
Later in his career, he held mid-level and upper-level management posts with the S.S. Kresges Corporation (parent of the K-Mart Corp.) and Koos, Hoffman and Boyle Corp. (a division of the Household Finance Corp.). At Kresges, he led the three-year-cycled contract negotiations between top management and the Teamsters union and its affiliates. While at UM, consulting and management training activities were undertaken for the National Standard Corp., Calhoun Community College, Lonnie Russell Ford and the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters. Over a 20-year period, he conducted legal research and worked closely with a number of prominent Birmingham attorneys on legal matters. One case was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision on the case in 2000.
He has published in the European Business Review, National Social Science Journal, Global Education Journal, Academy of International Business and the Business Journal for Entrepreneurs. Dozens of research-based cases were developed for the students to analyze in his upper-level courses. Through these cases he helps the students hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.