Roland Sparks

Professor,  College of Business

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Professor Roland Sparks
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Roland Sparks is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Doctor of Business Administration in international business with a concentration in marketing, Master of Science in international business and a Master of Business Administration. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire, is a Certified Public Manager and a licensed professional engineer. Sparks has over 15 years experience in public management, project management and engineering, 17 years of college teaching and was a small business owner.

His current research and publications focus is on technology in marketing and includes e-commerce, international retailing, customer relationship management systems, international marketing and online learning. Dr. Sparks earned six best paper awards for his various works in ecommerce, examining student loan debt, the financial stability of China, Government Liquidity Index, and identifying foreign direct investment opportunities. He has published in seven different journals and presented his work both in national and international conferences throughout Europe.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Engineering


  • International Business & Economics Research Journal (5/14/2014). An Examination of the Country Liquidity Index to Predict a Country’s Foreign Direct Investment.
  • Journal of Learning in Higher Education (9/2/2013). Flipping the Classroom: An Empirical Study Examining Student Learning.
  • International Journal of the Academic Business World (3/20/201). Is China Becoming the New World Creditor? A Study on Global Financial Stability and Liquidity of Governments.