American University of Sharjah

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management Information Systems

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Information Systems

Dr. Norita Ahmad


Associate Professor

PhD in Decision Science Engineering Systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Prior to joining AUS, Norita Ahmad was a lecturer at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Her research interests include decision making, social networks and knowledge management. Her professional experience includes database developer at Carrier Corporation, Syracuse, New York; system engineer at Motorola, Malaysia; IS analyst at BHL Bank, Malaysia; and various consulting work with companies such as Boeing, Tyco Electronics and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the USA.

Cindy Baker


Senior Instructor

MBA in Health Organization Management, Texas Tech University, USA

Cindy is a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) and has been working in project management for over 20 years. She has worked in industry as a consultant with Arthur Andersen, LLP and a project manager for Fortune 500 and privately held companies. Her client list includes, but is not limited to, Hilton Hotels, Sara Lee, and Sprint Nextel. Her project management experience is predominately in software implementations of Oracle products (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and Brio) and Aldata.

Mrs. Baker volunteers with the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Global Congress Subject Matter Expert Submission Reviewer and in the Global Accreditation Center. She also served as Vice-President on PMI’s UAE Chapter Board of Directors.

In addition to the PMI Accreditations, Cindy volunteers with ABET to accredit Information Technology and Information System programs in Schools of Engineering around the globe. Locally, Cindy volunteers to teach English classes to non-native speakers on the AUS campus.

Dr. Jeffrey Baker


Associate Professor

PhD, Texas Tech University, USA

Jeff Baker's primary research interest is IT investment and strategy, with an emphasis on IT business value, strategic alignment, and strategies in electronic commerce. His research has appeared in the Journal of the AIS, Communications of the AIS, and in the proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems. Before beginning work on his PhD, Dr. Baker conducted a software licensing audit for a regional affiliate of Sprint PCS, a major US telecommunications firm, to ensure their compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations. He holds the CAPM certification (Certified Associate in Project Management) from the Project Management Institute.

Dr. Steven Formaneck

Dr Steven David Formaneck

Assistant Professor

PhD in Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

Steven Formaneck has taught in business schools for more than eight years at institutions such as the American University in Cairo, American University in Dubai, Konkuk University (South Korea), and University of Waterloo. His areas of research and teaching interests include operations and supply chain management, technology management, optimization methods and teaching innovation.

Dr. Narasimhaiah Gorla



PhD in Business Administration, University of Iowa, USA

Prior to the current position, Narasimhaiah Gorla taught for 20 years at Wayne State University, University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Administrative Staff College of India. He has served as department chair, dean of research, and graduate program director. His research interests include database design, system development, outsourcing and information management. He has been published in Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Information & Management and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.

Dr. Kichan Nam

Dr Kichan Nam


PhD in MIS, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Kichan Nam has taught at Sogang University in Korea. His major research topics are IT outsourcing, e-business, IT service management, e-government and smart tourism. His publications are found in major international journals such as MIS Quarterly, ISR, JMIS, CACM, and DSS and major IS journals in Korea with a total citation number larger than 1500 in Google Scholar. He was a Chairman of itSMF Korea, Chairman of the Korean IT Outsourcing Forum, and vice president of the Korean Society of MIS. He was a recipient of Brain Korea 21 award and was a project leader in Korea for the World Class University Project .

Dr. Xiaobo Xu


Associate Professor

PhD in MIS, University of Mississippi, USA

Xiaobo Xu has taught fundamentals of MIS, systems analysis and design, and operations management at the University of Mississippi and AUS. Prior to his PhD program, he worked for two years as project manager and department manager in the first listed company in China. He currently conducts research in the areas of IS project success, virtual teams and virtual worlds, e-commerce adoption and success, supply chain management, and social networks. His research papers have been published in refereed journals such as PMJ, DATABASE, IT&M, IJITDM and EIS among others.