Name: Keshavamurthy Ramamurthy
Address & Tel No.
Office: N361, School of Business Administration (414) 229-5809
Home: 2400 W. Daphne Road, Glendale, WI 53209 (414) 351-6278
Position: Associate Professor
I. Formal Education
1.Ph.D. in Business Administration (February 1990)
J.M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Operations Research/Manufacturing Management
2. M.B.A. -- Masters in Business Administration (July 1986)
Concordia University, Montreal, CANADA
Specialization: Management Information Systems & Finance
3. Graduate Diploma S.Q.C. & O.R. (1969-1971)
Indian Statistical Institute, Madras, INDIA
Specialization: Statistical Quality Control & Operations Research
4. Bachelor of Engineering -- B.E. (1960-1965)
College of Engineering, Guindy, University of Madras, Madras, INDIA
Specialization: Mechanical Engineering
II. Academic and Professional Positions
1. Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Fall 1995 to present
2. Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, February 1990-Summer 1995
3. Instructor, School of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, August 1989 to January 1990 (as Ph.D. had not yet been received.)
4. Instructor, Katz Grad. School of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 1989.
• Close to 20 years experience from July 1965 to December 1984
• General Manager (1981-84)
• Works Manager (1977-81)
• Production Manager (1972-76)
• Production Engineer (1969-72)
• Design Engineer (1965-68)
III. Instructional Activities
Teaching the following courses at UW-Milwaukee:
1. 216-711: Managerial Aspects of Information Systems (II level MIS course for MBA)
2. 216-744: Management of Information Systems (for MS in MIS)
3. 216-744: Management of Information Systems (for the MICAP Program)
4. 216-748: Systems Design and Implementation (Capstone course for MS in MIS)
5. 216-998: Survey of Key IS Research: Classic and Contemporary (Ph.D. Seminar)
6. 216-811: Business Process Reengineering Through Information Technology (this elective course/seminar is offered to MS (MIS) and students in the MBA & other MS programs)
- The content for the capstone course 216-748: Management Systems Design and Implementation (which was totally revamped/developed because almost none existed before) continues to evolve and is constantly being refined to keep in tune with the rapidly changing environments of the information systems domain by including contemporary topics. For instance, hypermedia application design, graphical programming environments, JAD (Joint Application Design), Object-Oriented (O-O) systems development approaches, Finite State Machines and Petri Nets have been included over the years. This course focuses on a wide range of technical as well as organizational issues. About 25 state-of-the-art journal articles (which are periodically updated) besides text book material are discussed in detail in the class. In addition, students are formed into small groups (4 to 5 in size) and substantive guidance and focus is provided in enabling them to work on the various stages of systems development (analysis, design, development and implementation including evaluation from user community) of real-life computer-based systems. Students are also required to present their systems in class.
- Significant emphasis has been built into the course 216-711 (and in 216-744 as well) where the students work in small groups to thoroughly analyze and make presentations of real-life cases (pertaining to information systems and information technology) generated by the Harvard Business School. An important component in these presentations is that they are video taped and each team is provided the opportunity to view themselves in action and perform a self as well as peer evaluation so that individual members can learn to rectify their deficiencies and become better problem analyzers, more effective communicators, and astute decision making managers. Short Video Clips of real-world information systems practice and their issues highlighting important/ major themes of the course material are shown in the class and discussed in detail. In addition, I also demonstrate a number of software applications such as: Lightship, an Executive Information System (EIS) from Pilot Software, Inc.; a decision support system that I have developed for an international capital investment situation; accessing databases to answer ad hoc queries using three different modes - Structured Query Language (SQL) and Query by Example (QBE) in Access & at programming level in dBaseIV; and finally surfing the Internet and accessing the World-Wide-Web. The case scenarios for each of the above have been specially generated by me and adapted for this course so as to provide a good feel for the complexities of real-world ad hoc information retrieval and decision making.
- The Ph.D. seminar that I offered for MIS doctoral students in Spring 1996 is the first of its kind in the School of Business since my arrival in 1989. The entire seminar was conceived, created and offered in a very short time. This seminar spans a very wide spectrum of IS research covering both behavioral (organizational, management, human, and cognitive) and technical issues. An extensive set of both classic/seminal and state-of-the-art contemporary research articles from top tier journals is discussed in-depth in the class. The objective of the seminar is to not only provide a sampling of the various types of research that have been carried out in the IS domain but to also build a fairly strong methodological foundation to conduct research as well as to motivate the doctoral students to think along the lines of prospecting for potential dissertation topic areas. The seminar was very well received by the students.
- I offered the MIS elective course 216-811 on "Business Process Reengineering Through Information Technology" for the first time in Spring 1997. Demonstrated RapidRE, a process modeling software, in a number of class sessions to show how business processes can be radically redesigned. Students work in small groups to thoroughly analyze existing processes from a real-world organization and develop a reengineered design that is available for implementation by the firm. These student teams make presentations of their real-world projects to the class more than once during the semester as an evolving process. Presentations are made to the sponsoring functional area within the firm where the project has been taken up as well. A number of real-life cases generated by the Harvard Business School (pertaining to reengineering via information systems and information technology) are also discussed in the class. This course was very well received by the students.
From the feedback we received from our MIS consortium member companies as part of our reengineering efforts, some of the key attributes desired of our MIS students are that they must be better team/group players and should be effective communicators (written as well as oral) to be able to tackle the complex problems in systems development work environment in the remaining part of this decade and beyond into the next century. In light of these comments, working in groups (for the real-life projects in 216-748 and 216-811, and Harvard Business School Cases in the other courses), making presentations and submitting project/management reports are important and offer reasonable attempts to address these needs.
Published Refereed Journal Articles:
- King, W.R., G. Premkumar, and K. Ramamurthy, "An Evaluation of the Role and Performance of a Decision Support System in Business Education," Decision Sciences, 21 (3), 1990, 642-659.
- Lederer, A.L., R. Mirani, B.S. Neo, C. Pollard, J. Prasad, and K. Ramamurthy, "Information Systems Cost Estimating: A Management Perspective," MIS Quarterly, 14 (2), June 1990, 159-178.
- Ramamurthy, K., W.R. King, and G. Premkumar, "User Characteristics-DSS Effectiveness Linkage: An Empirical Assessment," International Journal of Man-Machine Studies (IJMMS), 36 (3), March 1992, 469-505.
- Ramamurthy, K., and W.R. King, "Computer Integrated Manufacturing: An Exploratory Study of the Key Organizational Issues," OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Sciences, 20 (4), April 1992, 475-491.
- King, W.R., and K. Ramamurthy, "Do Organizations Achieve Their Objectives From Computer- Based Manufacturing Technologies?" IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 39 (2), May 1992, 129-141.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and W.R. King, "Computer Supported Instruction and Student Characteristics: An Experimental Study of their Relationships," Jrnl. of Educational Computing Research, 9 (3), 1993, 373-396.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, W.R. King, and R. Nachtman, "Decision Support Systems for Business Education," The Jrnl. of Computer Information Systems, 33 (4), Summer 1993, 55-64.
- Teng, J.T.C. and K. Ramamurthy, "Group Decision Support Systems: Clarifying the Concept and Establishing a Functional Taxonomy," Information Systems and Operations Research (INFOR), 31 (3), August 1993, 166-185.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and S. Nilakanta, "Implementation of Inter-Organizational Systems: An Adoption/Diffusion Perspective," Journal of MIS (JMIS), 11 (2), Fall 1994, 157-186.
- Ramamurthy, K., "Moderating Influences of Organizational Attitude and Compatibility on Implementation Success from Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Technology," International Journal of Production Research (IJPR) 32 (10), October 1994, 2251-2274.
- Ramamurthy, K., "The Influence of Planning on Implementation Success of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies," IEEE Trans. of Engineering Management, 42 (1), 1995, 62-73.
- Ramamurthy, K. and G. Premkumar, "Determinants of Electronic Data Interchange Diffusion and Organizational Outcomes," IEEE Trans. on Engineering Management, 42 (4), 1995, 332-351.
- Premkumar, G. and K. Ramamurthy, "The Role of Interorganizational And Organizational Factors on the Decision Mode for Adoption of Interorganizational Systems," Decision Sciences, 26 (3), 1995, 303-336.
- Crum, M., G. Premkumar, and K. Ramamurthy, "An Assessment of Motor Carrier Adoption, Use, and Satisfaction with EDI," Transportation Journal, 35 (4), Summer 1996, 44-57.
- Sundaram, S. and K. Ramamurthy, "A Methodology for Evaluation of User Interface Management Systems," The Journal of Computer Information Systems, 37 (2), Winter 96-97, 54-61.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and M. Crum, "Determinants of EDI Adoption in the Transportation Industry," European Journal of Information Systems, 6, 1997, 107-121.
- Jain, H., K. Ramamurthy, H.S. Ryu, and M. Yasai-Ardekani, "Success of Data resource Management in Distributed Environments: An Empirical Investigation," MIS Quarterly, 22 (1), March 1998, 1-23.
- Vadapalli, A. and K. Ramamurthy, "Business Use of the Internet: An Analytical Framework and Exploratory Case Study," International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 2 (2), Winter 1997-98, 71-94.
- Wilson, A.L., K. Ramamurthy, and P.C. Nystrom, "A Multiattribute Measure for Innovation Adoption: The Context of Imaging Technology," IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 48 (3), August 1999, 311-321.
- Ramamurthy, K., G. Premkumar, and Crum, M., " Organizational and Inter-Organizational Determinants of the EDI Diffusion: A Causal Model," Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce (to appear in 9 (4), 1999).
Journal Articles Under Review
- Haseman, W.D., V. Kettanurak, and K. Ramamurthy, "An Empirical Investigation of the Influences of the Degree of Interactivity on User-Outcomes in a Multimedia Environment," Under consideration with Journal of Organizational Computing & Electronic Commerce.
- Kettanurak, V., K. Ramamurthy, and Haseman, W.D., "User Attitude as a Mediator of Learning Performance Improvement in an Interactive Multimedia Environment: An Empirical Investigation of the Degree of Interactivity and Learning Styles," Under consideration with International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.
Other Research/Working Papers in Progress:
- Sundaram, S., H. Jain, and K. Ramamurthy, "Effectiveness of Visual Interactive Modeling in the Context of Multiple Criteria Group Decisions," (Under submission to a top tier IS journal).
- Working with two fellow researchers on work relating to Organizational Climate and Adoption of Innovations by Hospitals. A manuscript is ready for submission to a leading Management journal.
- Working with fellow researchers on work relating to Group Memory Systems. The manuscript is ready to be submitted to a top-tier IS journal.
- Working with fellow researchers to extend the work (noted above) relating to Interactive Visual Modeling for Multiple Criteria Group Decision-Making Environments. A second manuscript is being readied.
- Working with a doctoral student on a research project (experiment-based) on software quality assurance (SQA). We have completed collecting data from this quasi-experimental research and all necessary data analyses have been completed. A manuscript is almost ready for submission to a leading IS journal. An initial version of the study appeared in the Proceedings of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) 1998 Americas Conference, Baltimore, MD, August 14-16, 1998
- Working with four other colleague researhers on a major study of the "Business Use of the Internet and Web by Small Businesses". This study has been supported by two research grants totaling $22,500. Two waves of data have been collected via a large nation-wide survey and data analyses are almost over. One manuscript is readu for submission to a top-tier IS journal. A few more are to follow.
- Working with a doctoral student in MIS on a major empirical research project that seeks to examine the link between Competitive Strategy, Information Systems (IS) Strategy, IS Planning and Competitive Advantage within firms. This study makes use of both primary data (collected via questionnaire survey) and secondary data (from sources such as Compustat and Valueline). The survey instrument has been developed and pilot tested with a few large Greater Milwaukee companies. It will be administered as a national survey of the SBUs of Fortune 1000 corporations. We expect to submit a manuscript to a leading journal by about the first half of 2000. An initial version of the study appeared in the Proceedings of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) 1998 Americas Conference, Baltimore, MD, August 14-16, 1998.
- Working with two other faculty colleagues on a major research undertaking that seeks to extend the work which has been cited as # 17 in the list of publications (appeared as the lead article in MIS Quarterly, a top-tier IS Journal). This study will reexamine the state of data resource management in a distributed environment after about 10 years since the first study, thereby hopefully provide "test-retest" reliability for the measurement scales that were developed in the first study which the field currently lacks. We plan to go ahead with the large scale survey of Fortune 1000 corporations (we expect tap quite a few of the responding firms to our earlier study) and expect to submit manuscripts during early-mid part of 2000.
- Working with a research colleague on a research project that seeks to conduct a meta analysis of past empirical research studies on IS innovations. We expect to complete the work during 1999 and plan to submit a manuscript sometime in 2000.
- Working with a Marketing researcher colleague on a research project that seeks to examine the notion of "agility" afforded by a "fit" between market orientation and IT sophistication, and its effect on marketing competitiveness in an international context. A survey questionnaire instrument has been developed; this is expected to be pilot tested with a few large firms during 1999 prior to being administered as a large survey.
Papers/Presentations at Meetings - Refereed Proceedings/Presentations
- King, W.R., G. Premkumar, and K. Ramamurthy, "Evaluation of a Financial Decision Support System in Business Education: An Experimental Study," Proceedings of the Ninth Annual International Conference on Information Systems, November 1988, pp. 33-46.
- Hegde, G.G., K. Ramamurthy, P.R. Tadikamalla, and S. Kekre, "Capacity Choice, Work-in-Process Inventory, and Throughput: A Simulation Study," In M. Abrams, P.C. Haugh and J.C. Comfort (eds.) Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, December 1988, pp. 662-665.
- Teng, J.T.C., and K. Ramamurthy, "Group Decision Support Systems: An In-Depth Examination of the Concept and Proposal for a Functional Taxonomy," Proceedings of the Annual National Decision Sciences Institute Conference, November 1990, pp. 357-359.
- Nilakanta, S., G. Premkumar, and K. Ramamurthy, "A Field Study of the Factors Influencing the Use of Electronic Data Interchange," Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Conference of the Association of Management, August 1992.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and S. Nilakanta, "An Impact of Inter-organizational Relationships on the Adoption and Diffusion of Inter-organizational Systems," Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual International Conference on Information Systems, Dec. 1992, pp. 269-270.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and S. Nilakanta, "An Empirical Assessment of the Influence of Innovation Characteristics on the Adoption and Diffusion of Innovation in the Context of Interorganizational Systems," Proceedings of the 1992 Annual National Decision Sciences Institute Conference, November 1992.
- Premkumar, G., and K. Ramamurthy, "Impact of Inter-Organizational Relationships on EDI Initiation," Proceedings of the 1994 Annual National Decision Sciences Institute Conference, November 21-23, 1994.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and M. Crum, "Electronic Data Interchange (EDI): Adoption and Diffusion in the Trucking Industry in the USA," Proceedings of the International Conference on Automation, Indore, India, December 12-14, 1995.
- Vadapalli, A. and K. Ramamurthy, "Business Use of Internet: A Critical Analysis and a Set of Propositions," Proceedings of the Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Brisbane, Australia, April 2-5, 1997.
- Jahng, J. and K. Ramamurthy, "Influence of IT Architectural Strategy and Business Strategy Alignment on Competitive Advantage: A Proposed Research Framework," Proceedings of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) 1998 Americas Conference, Baltimore, MD, August 14-16, 1998.
- Vitharana, P. and K. Ramamurthy, "Computer-mediated Group Support, Anonymity and Software Inspection Process," Proceedings of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) 1998 Americas Conference, Baltimore, MD, August 14-16, 1998.
- Jahng, J., H. Jain, and K. Ramamurthy, "Product Complexity, Richness of Web-Based Electronic Commerce Systems, and System Success: A Proposed Research Framework," Proceedings of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) 1998 Americas Conference, Milwaukee, WI, August 13-15, 1999.
Non-Refereed Conference and Other Professional Presentations/Proceedings
- Lederer, A.L., R. Mirani, B.S. Neo, C. Pollard, J. Prasad, and K. Ramamurthy, "Information Systems Planning: The Estimation of Systems Costs," TIMS/ORSA Joint National Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 1988 (presented by Al Lederer).
- Teng, J.T.C. and K. Ramamurthy, "A Functional Taxonomy for Group Decision Support and Systems (GDSS)" TIMS/ORSA Joint National Meeting, Paper No. ME 6.4., Las Vegas, May 1990 (presented by James Teng).
- "Facilitators and Inhibitors to Successful Implementation of EDI," presented to the SBA MIS Consortium, May 23, 1991.
- White paper on "Neurocomputing" presented to the SBA MIS Consortium, Research Report # 106, March 18, 1992 (with Ph.D. student Mr. Srinivas Vuppuluri).
- Presented a paper in the SBA MIS Research Forum's series on Total Quality Management Within the Context of Information Systems on November 30, 1993.
- Premkumar, G., K. Ramamurthy, and M. Crum, "The role of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the Transportation Industry," Bangalore, India, December 1995.
V. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
A. Professional Affiliations
1. Charter Member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS)
2. The Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)
3. Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)
4. Society for Information Management (SIM) in 1989-90
5. Elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
B. Editorial and Referee Services
Regularly performing honorary service to the Information Systems community by being an ad hoc reviewer to review research manuscripts for major journals such as MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Decision Sciences, International Journal of Man-Machine Studies, Data Base, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Journal of Management Systems, and Conference Proceedings such as The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association of Management, Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems and Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Personnel Research (ACM - SIGCPR). On an average, I review about 6 to 7 manuscripts per year. I also review books for Prentice-Hall and Wadsworth Publications.
C. Professional Activities
- "Facilitators and Inhibitors to Successful Implementation of EDI," presented to the UW-Milwaukee SBA MIS Consortium, May 23, 1991.
- White paper on "Neurocomputing" presented to the UW-Milwaukee SBA MIS Consortium, Research Report # 106, March 18, 1992 (with Ph.D. student Mr. Srinivas Vuppuluri).
- Presented a paper in the UW-Milwaukee SBA MIS Research Forum's series on Total Quality Management Within the Context of Information Systems on November 30, 1993.
- Coordinated a panel session on "IT Organization for the Contemporary Environment" for the UW-Milwaukee SBA MIS Consortium, December 7, 1995.
- "Review of Past Research in Innovation Adoption and Diffusion: Lessons Learned and Future Research Directions," presented in the SBA’s Management Brown Bag Series on April 23, 1998.
D. Special Assignments
- Program Committee member for ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) - SIGCPR (Special Interest Group on Computer Personnel Research) Conference held in St. Louis from April 1-3, ‘93.
- Chaired a session on international applications of Information Systems at ACM -SIGCPR (Special Interest Group on Computer Personnel Research) Conference held in St. Louis from April 1-3, ‘93.
- Coordinator for the MIS Research Forum within the School of Business Administration of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 1994-96 which serves as a platform for both MIS faculty and doctoral students to present their ideas on research topics of contemporary interest. This serves the role of an important testing ground, in particular, for doctoral students to exchange ideas that may even help in identifying dissertation topics.
- Chair of the MIS Area Subcommittee for 1996-97 academic year.
- Chair of the Search committee to recruit (a) visiting Assistant Professor, MIS (one each for Fall ‘96 and Fall ‘97) and (b) a tenure track Assistant Professor, MIS position (starting Fall ‘97).
- Made a presentation to the New Student Orientation Class (incoming undergraduate BBA students) on the opportunities and challenges in pursuing a MIS major on October 14, 1996.
- Participated in the UW-M wide Showcase for Learning Open House (October 25-26, 1996; and October 31, 1997); manned the MIS booth from 9 am-3 p.m. on October 25, 1996, and 9am-12 noon on October 31, 1997.
- Member of the 12-member Ph.D. Task Force nominated by the Dean of the School of Business Administration (SBA) to study and report on actions to be implemented to improve the quality and standing of the doctoral program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s SBA. This task force met innumerable number of times during May to July 1998, actively considered many steps to realize the above goals, and submitted its report in November 1998.
- Member of AACSB Accreditation Task Force Student Team. We had the first meeting on December 16, 1998; will be active starting spring 99.
E. University Academic Service at UW-M:
- International Business Committee (1990-91)
- MBA Program Committee (1991-92, 1996-99)
- Undergraduate Program Committee (1992-93 & 1993-94):
• Member of Business Special Students Subcommittee (1992-93)
• Member of Student Grievance Subcommittee (1993-94)
- MS Program Committee (1994-96)
F. University Committees Outside the SBA
- UW-M Bookstore Advisory Committee (1994-96)
G. Student Supervision
I. Doctoral Dissertation Committee Membership
- Stephanie J. Collins (MIS), "A Design for Dynamically Constructing Conceptualized Models of Users' Mental Models to Provide Adaptive System Responses to Individual Users,"(Dec. 1990).
- Sandeep Purao (MIS), "A Methodology for Distribution of Object-Oriented Applications," (March 1995).
- Vichuda (Nui) Kettanurak (MIS), "An Empirical Investigation of Interactivity in Interactive Multimedia Instructional Programs," (April, 1996).
- Alla L. Wilson (Organizations), "Organizational Climate and the Adoption of Technological Innovations by Hospitals," (November, 1996). I was also a CO-CHAIR on this committee.
- Sreedhar Sundaram (MIS), "Integrating Visual Modeling with Multiple Criteria Group Decision Support Systems," (December, 1996).
- Souren Paul (MIS), "Group Memory and its Use in Group Decision-Making," (August 1997).
- Anand Vadapalli (MIS), "Strategy and Design for Information Technology in Global Business Organizations". I am his dissertation CHAIR (in progress).
- Jungjoo Jahng (MIS), "Toward a General Framework of Web-based Electronic Commerce Systems: An Information Processing Perspective," Dr. Jain and I are his dissertation CO-CHAIRS (in progress).
- Padmal Vitharana (MIS), "" (in progress).
II. Independent Research/Readings Courses Supervised
- Sreedhar Sundaram (Ph.D.-MIS), "A Methodology for Evaluation of User Interface Development Tools," Summer and Fall 1993.
- Beverly Tilly (M.B.A.), "Role of Information Technology in Process Reengineering Within Hospitals," Summer 1994, Fall 1994, and Spring 1995.
- Jay Wanak (M.S. - MIS), "Managing Client-Server Projects," Summer and Fall 1995.
- Anand Vadapalli (Ph.D. - MIS), "Architectural and Management Issues of New Organizational Forms Enabled by IT," Spring, Summer and Fall 1996.
- Jungjoo Jahng (Ph.D. - MIS), "Competitive Strategy, Information Systems planning and Competitive Advantage," Summer and Fall 1996.
III. Graduate Students Advising
Over 45 MS-MIS and 4 Ph.D. Students (plus 3 more in the initial stages)
H. Curriculum Development
- As noted earlier, developed the outline and course content from scratch for 216-748 (in 1989) as none existed before which continues to evolve with passage of time to keep in tune with the various developments in the IS field. Also, significantly modified the content for 216-744 (in Spring 1992) which also continues to evolve. Made major changes to 216-811 before offering it in Spring 1997. Finally, I offered a new and fairly comprehensive Ph.D. seminar in Spring 1996 (first of its kind in SBA’s Ph.D. program in MIS) that covered a very wide range of research issues in IS management.
- Was actively involved in the reengineering of both the undergraduate MIS major for BBA and MS (MIS) programs during Fall 1993 and Spring 1994 semesters.
VI. Other Relevant Information
Honors and Awards
- Researcher of the Year Award for 1996 from the Business Advisory Council, School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Elected member to the Beta Gamma Sigma society after graduation from the Ph.D. program in 1990. This is an Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business with a mission to encourage and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business.
- Achieved a very high scholastic level of performance by scoring a G.P.A. of 3.965 (out of 4.0 max) in my MBA program at Concordia university, Montreal, Canada, I was adjudged the best outgoing student in a span of ten years (1977-86) and received a Silver Medal and Cash award. The major fields of emphasis were Finance and Management Information Systems.
- Ranked first out of 35 students in the 2 year Graduate Diploma program in Statistical Quality Control & Operations Research offered by the Indian Statistical Institute, Madras, India (1969-71).
- I achieved a very high distinction of being ranked second out of about 120 students in Bachelor of Engineering, at the Guindy Engineering College, University of Madras, India (1960-65). The major field of study was Mechanical Engineering.
Industrial and International Experience
- During my professional career spanning nearly 20 years of industry/business experience in India, I have held several senior technical and managerial positions such as design engineer, production engineer, works manager, and general manager.
- Active participant at International Conferences on Drop Forging, in London, Great Britain (1980) and in Cologne, W. Germany (1983).
- During my professional career, organized a number of training programs for middle level managers.
- Represented the Indian Drop Forging delegation to study the Japanese Forging Industry in 1983.
- Underwent specialized technical training in England and Germany for a period of 15 weeks in during 1972 on die design and production processes.
- Traveled a number of times abroad to England, Italy and Germany to promote export business and acquire capital equipment (machinery).