Dr. Rodrigo Hernandez
"Graduates of the MBA program will be able to formulate an actionable business strategy that is grounded in theory and practice from multiple business disciplines, conduct data-driven analyses to identify significant business problems, recommend feasible solutions to the problems, and justify a course of action."
- Ph.D. in Finance – University of Arkansas, 2007
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
FIN 5330: International Investments
What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?
Investopedia trading game, real world mini cases, group stock report, weekly quizzes and homework
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?
This course discusses the theories and determinants of cross-borders investment opportunities. It provides detailed descriptions and techniques of analysis used in international portfolio investments and includes the costs and benefits of international diversification. The course also reviews current techniques for hedging risks in international portfolio investments.
What advice would you give to those considering the online MBA programs?
You will need a great deal of self-discipline to meet all the deadlines in a fast-pace course.
What is the value of an MBA?
Graduates of the MBA program will be able to formulate an actionable business strategy that is grounded in theory and practice from multiple business disciplines, conduct data-driven analyses to identify significant business problems, recommend feasible solutions to the problem, and justify a course of action.
Why did you start teaching?
I enjoy working with students and explaining difficult topics.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“The Flaw of Averages” by Sam L. Savage
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I am originally from Argentina, where I earned an undergraduate in accounting (Argentinean CPA) and specializations in taxation. Later, I moved on to economics, pursued two masters in economics, and worked for the United Nations and the Inter-American Development Bank. Finally, I earned my Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Arkansas (go Hogs!) and moved to Virginia.