Professor Harold Fraser is a full-time lecturer in the Management Department as well as co-director of the Entertainment and Tourism Management Center of Excellence. Professor Fraser began his career as a lecturer for California State University, Fullerton in the spring of 2006. He was drawn to CSU Fullerton because of its close proximity to home and the reputation and size of the business program. At that time he was teaching BUAD 591, the capstone course for the MBA program. He currently teaches Management of Information in the Corporate Environment (MGMT 515) and Supply Chain Management (MGMT 539) as well as the undergraduate Capstone and courses in Entertainment and Tourism Management.
Professor Fraser earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University and his Master’s degree in System Management and Operation Research from the University of Southern California. In addition to his educational background, he has held many prominent positions in the field with organizations like American Honda, Paramount Pictures and Panasonic, and continues to make an impact through consulting. When he is not working, he likes to play video games and go hiking.
Although he did not always aspire to be a teacher, Professor Fraser was confident in his abilities based on his past managerial experience. He indicated teaching is a skill that is essential for every good manager. He also finds teaching to be enjoyable and a way to give back for the success he has had in his career. The students are his favorite part. He finds it especially rewarding when “the light bulb comes on” for students and they are able to understand concepts that they were not able to before.
Professor Fraser’s proudest professional accomplishment is being able to see those who he has invested his time and efforts in succeed. He attributes his success to his past bosses who have provided him with “good advice and the freedom to make mistakes.” One piece of advice that he has for students is to “not think you know everything in the world” and be open to making mistakes and learning from them.