Associate Professor of Information Systems and Data Analytics
"Today's MBA is valuable not only in the context of an enterprise, but even outside of the enterprise—as the knowledge base for the development of new industries, service innovations, markets, digital goods and types of corporations."
The thousands of students that I have been blessed to instruct, mentor, and nurture are my key career highlight. Others, such as the works that I have published, awards I have won, professional positions I have held and contributions thereto, and the service I have rendered, etc., are obtainable on the ever-expanding world-wide web.
In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
ISM 6217: Data Management
ISM 6488: Information Systems Strategy
What do you want your students to learn in these courses? What's the takeaway?
I hope students get to appreciate just how integral and fundamental information systems are to any form of business enterprise, any approaches in use for conducting business, and the management of businesses in contemporary society. I also hope that students get to realize the pace and magnitude of the disruptive effects of information technology on the business landscape, the organizational entity, and the ways we manage business enterprises. Finally, I'd like students to appreciate the emergent and domineering strategic value of data in contemporary business operations.
What advice would you give to your online students?
Search for your niche at the intersection of multiple disciplines and develop your professional acumen as a multi-disciplinarian. The future—be it in professional careers, business opportunities, innovation, etc.—lies at the intersection of disciplines, for that is where new disciplines emerge from.
What's the value of an MBA for today's professionals?
While we acknowledge that what value is in an MBA today is a function of what you, as the MBA professional, chooses to do with your MBA, the digital business landscape greatly fosters the marketability and applicability of MBA competencies. As business becomes increasingly competitive and inter-connected across conventional sectors and industries, the more the need for individuals with an MBA. Individuals who understand the dynamic and ever increasingly complex nature of business operations and interactions, and the fundamentals of managing businesses effectively for competitive gain, and perhaps for survival. Yet today's MBA is valuable not only in the context of an enterprise, but even outside of the enterprise—as the knowledge base for the development of new industries, service innovations, markets, digital goods and types of corporations.