Aaron R. Stephens
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Business Administration and Accounting
Areas of Expertise

international trade, statistics, and marketing.

Ph.D., Pusan National University; MBA, BS in Marketing, Ball State University

Aaron R. Stephens

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Department Co-Chair

Dr. Aaron Rae Stephens is an accomplished scholar with peer-reviewed publications in marketing, economic policy and strategic management. His publications have frequently focused on emerging markets in Asia (South Korea, North Korea, China and Vietnam) and Africa (South Africa, and West Africa). Most of his publications involve strategic management and marketing; however, he has delved into employee behavior, and supply chain management. Additionally, Dr. Stephens is a cited scholar in public health policy regarding pandemic economic response; his research in that area predated COVID-19; thus, it was instrumental in government decision-making amid COVID-19 and valuable to current literature.

Dr. Stephens is an adroit and nimble lecturer having taught over 25 different university-level courses in multiple areas including, economics, marketing, quantitative business, supply chain management and international studies among others. He is continuously adapting his pedagogy to meet both the needs of the department and the dynamics of our times. Courses taught at Hartwick include, Global Supply Chain Management, Quantitative Business, Quantitative Analysis in Operations, Finance, Global Strategic Management, Introduction to Business and Cross-Cultural Collaboration. Planned courses included Ethics in Business (Fall 2022), Investments with Series 7 Prep (Summer 2022), and East Asian Culture and Business (January 2022).

Dr. Stephens has an undergraduate degree in marketing and an MBA from Ball State University. He completed his Ph.D. in international trade at Pusan National University. He has taught at the graduate or undergraduate level for over 10 years. In addition to 6 published books and 8 peer-reviewed publications he has earned industry certificates in logistics (Just-in-Time Management), operations management (Six Sigma), and finance (Series 7).

Dr. Stephens enjoys spending time with his family in Oneonta. His hobbies include hiking, sailing, cross-country skiing, and traveling. He is an accomplished member of the American Sailing Association. Lastly, he also has interest in horticulture as a member of the American Horticultural Society and a publication in horticulture.

Recent courses taught:

  • BUSA 101 Introduction to Business
  • BUSA 260 Quantitative Business
  • BUSA 250 Global Strategic Management
  • BUSA 280 Finance
  • BUSA 348 Statistical Analysis in Operations with Six Sigma Certification
  • BUSA 350D Global Supply Chain Management with JIT Management Certification
  • FLP 103 Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, grants):

  • Best Dissertation Award, Korean Association of International Business Management
  • Just-in-Time Management Certification

Selected publications:


  • Seong-am Moon, Dong-jin Kim and Aaron Rae Stephens (2014) “The Three Little Pigs and Pooling”, Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • Seong-am Moon, Dong-jin Kim and Aaron Rae Stephens (2014) “Pinocchio Becoming Human with the Theory of Constraints” Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • Seong-am Moon, Dong-jin Kim and Aaron Rae Stephens (2014) “The Emporer’s S-Curve”, Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • Seong-am Moon, Dong-jin Kim and Aaron Rae Stephens (2014) “Making the Match Girl Rich”, Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • Stephens, Aaron Rae, (2014) “Guide to a Healthy Living Wall”, Kindle Direct Publishing.
  • Stephens, Aaron Rae, (2016) “Strategic orientations and dynamic capabilities: Evidence from Korea”, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

Academic Papers:

  • Robb, C.A. and Stephens, A.R. (2021) The effects of market orientation and proactive orientation on the export performance of South African SMEs, Journal of Global Marketing.
  • Stephens, Aaron Rae and Kim, Seong-soo, (2015), “A study on the effects of strategic orientations on dynamic capabilities and international performance: Evidence from Korean firms”, Korean Academy of International Business Management, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 243-275.
  • Stephens, Aaron Rae, (2017) “The need for emergency economic policy options to mitigate the economic impacts of epidemics: Ebola in West Africa and MERS in South Korea” Regional Economies and Policies, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 1-11.
  • Stephens, Aaron Rae, (2018) “Emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, stress and turnover: Evidence from service employees in China”, Journal of China Studies, Vol. 21 No. 2 pp. 79-99.
  • Stephens, Aaron Rae and Yoo, Seong gyun, (2018) “An exploratory study on the expansion of the African market by global firms focusing on Liberia utilizing the Balassa Index”, The e-Business Studies, Vol. 19 No. 6, pp. 177-198.
  • Hahn T.N., Stephens, A.R. and Lee, Y.C. (2019) Korean Brand Globalization: How it works for the Vietnamese market, The Journal of Asian Studies 22(4): 1-50.
  • Rhee, M.S. and Stephens, A.R. (2020) In-Press: Innovation-orientated technology assimilation strategy and Korean SMEs’ enhanced innovation capability, competitive advantage and firm performance, International Journal of Innovation Management.
  • Stephens, A.R. and Kasamanli, R. (2020) In-Press: An analysis of North Korean trade amid warming global relations utilizing RCA, RSCA, and TBI, European Journal of Applied Economics.