Dr. Kathy Ma
"The online MBA allows students to maintain professional careers without having to commit to attending classes at a specific time and location. It prepares students for their career aspirations while providing maximum flexibility."
- Ph.D. in Management – The University of Memphis, 2018
- M.S. – Mississippi State University, 2013
- B.A. – Qingdao University, 2010
Kathy Ma is an assistant professor of management at the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business. Her research focuses on human resource management, cross-cultural management and organizational behavior. She has published in journal outlets such as “Journal of Vocational Behavior,” “Human Resource Management Review” and “Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal.” She has presented research papers in conferences such as Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and Southwest Academy of Management. She is the firm believer that research should assistant teaching effectiveness. Her teaching philosophies emphasize student engagement, active learning and experiential learning. She has taught classes on topics such as human resource management, international management, strategic management, organizational theory and leadership at TAMIU and the University of Memphis.
In which online degree program do you teach?
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?
Students are expected to identify the social, legal and ethical responsibilities of organizations; utilize effective strategic- and innovative-thinking skills to help with managerial decisions in organizations; and analyze the challenges and opportunities facing organizations in today’s global environment.
What types of projects and work do you typically assign for your courses?
Group or individual projects that focus on experiential and active learning are typically assigned.
What advice would you give to those considering the online MBA in Management program?
Get to know your fellow students. Pay close attention to course objectives, requirements and deadlines. If in doubt, please do not hesitate to ask.
How can an MBA help students prepare for the challenges of the field?
The online MBA will help students develop into leaders by enhancing their strategic- and innovative-thinking skills, communication skills and critical-reasoning skills.
What is the value of an MBA?
The online MBA allows students to maintain professional careers without having to commit to attending classes at a specific time and location. It prepares students for their career aspirations while providing maximum flexibility.
Why did you start teaching?
Teaching is my passion. The best moment for a teacher is to witness a student grasp a concept for the first time. I like to share ideas, communicate concepts and see my students’ progress over time.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.
I believe that research should aid and inspire teaching. So I always update my teaching materials based on the most recent findings and trends in research.