Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5412 USA
Dr. Andrew Targowski, professor of computer information systems at Western Michigan University, is a prolific author and pioneer of business computing. He is the inventor of INFOSTRADA (Poland 1972), which triggered the information superhighway wave in the U.S. in the 1990s. He investigates the role of information and wisdom in organizations and civilization. He was a keynote speaker at the Conference on Enterprise Information Systems in October 2009, in Ofir, Portugal, where there were participants from five continents. He presented his session titled “How to Transform the Classic Information Infrastructure of Enterprise into Sustainable, Global-oriented and to Monitor and Predict the Sustainability of Civilization.” His work is published in his book, "Cognitive Informatics and Wisdom Development: Interdisciplinary Approaches," (2011).
Targowski is responsible for teaching in the computer information systems area. His teaching and research interests are in architectural systems development, global/national/local information infrastructures development and information civilization development. He is the author of numerous articles (60) and books (22) in the information management science and civilization disciplines. He is a former vice president of Information Resource Management Association and a past chair of IRMA’s advisory council. He is a past project director of Telecity USA, one of the first American digital cities. He is president of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations. The society was founded 48 years ago in Europe and later moved to the U.S.
He participated in a panel organized by the Liberty Foundation in Indianapolis and discussed similarities between the Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs and the Bosnians, Iraqis and Afghans.
He was a keynote speaker on “The Civilization Approach to Education in the 21st century” in Kemerovo, Syberia (Russia), in November 2009.