Advisory Panel

Accounting & Taxation

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMADavid George Vequist IV, Ph.D.

Business Fundamentals

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFEThomas Coe

Business Strategy

James Richardson, Ph.D.

Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Bob Cohen, MBA


Brian Kench, Ph.D.Derek Abrams


Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.


Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.

Information Technology

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.

International Business

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.

Operations Management

James J. Stewart, DScPedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.

Org Behavior & HR

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.

Derek Abrams

Derek Abrams is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Area of Energy, Economics, and Law. He currently teaches applied business economics to undergraduate students. Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, he held various roles in engineering and business operations in industry. He also served in the United States Army. Derek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Recent Reviews All Reviews

How India Tripped Itself Up

The Indian government’s cash ban and tax overhaul will depress growth in 2017. Economic data released on August 31, 2017, showed that growth slowed to a rate of 5.7 percent in the three months that ended June 30 from 7.9 percent a year earlier. This slowdown represents India’s weakest pace of economic growth since 2014. In addition, due to the slowed economic growth, foreign investors pulled $1.7 billion out of Indian equities in August. But polls show Indian voters have not lost faith in the government’s ability to steer the economy.

When La Dolce Vita Starts to Sour

With almost 11 percent of Italy unemployed, the populist Five Star Movement sees its chance to rise to national power and office by helping to subsidize the disadvantaged. Five Star is proposing a universal basic income—an idea that rival parties have started to adopt ahead of elections expected next year.

A Raise for Mexican Workers

The Trump administration is focused on raising the level of worker protections in Mexico, where they're currently weaker than those in the United States, during NAFTA negotiations. Furthermore, the U.S. government believes that closing the wage gap with Mexico may deter firms from leaving the United States. As a result, the U.S. government sees labor reforms as a priority in moving forward with NAFTA, but Mexico will resist Trump’s efforts to impose wage requirements and make its country a less attractive destination to American businesses.

Kenya Braces for Another Chaotic Election

While Kenya’s economic challenges may sway some votes and induce a higher turnout in opposition strongholds, politicians’ personalities and ethnic loyalties will be more decisive factors, as in past elections. As a result, mainly because of ethnic politics, President Uhuru Kenyatta has a good shot at capturing another term even though the price of food staples has skyrocketed and public debt has soared.

Now It's Revamp, Not Replace

Although President Donald Trump nixed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many of the NAFTA modifications that his administration is seeking are straight out of the 12-nation trade pact. To date, Canada and Mexico have responded positively to negotiating with the U.S. to update the treaty.