Business professors pen new book
Dec. 18, 2006
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Dr. Andrew Targowski, professor of business information systems, and Dr. J. Michael Tarn, associate professor of business information systems, have co-written a new book, "Enterprise Systems Education in the 21st Century," the first scholarly publication in enterprise systems education.
The book, published by Idea Group, presents methods of reengineering business curricula in order to use enterprise systems solutions. It also helps enterprise system vendors understand the higher education environment so they can support college and university programs more effectively.
Several WMU faculty members are among the book's worldwide contributors. They are: Dr. Kuanchin Chen, associate professor of business information systems; James Danenberg, instructor of business information systems; Dr. Satish Deshpande, professor of management; Dr. Bernard Han, chair and professor of business information systems; Dr. Muhammad Razi, associate professor of business information systems; Thomas Rienzo, instructor of business information systems; and Dr. Bret Wagner, associate professor of management.
A native of Poland, Targowski directed the Polish Computer Development Program in the 1970s. He joined WMU's Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in 1980, later transferring to the Department of Business Information Systems. In the 1990s, he led Kalamazoo's Telecity project. Targowski, who is secretary of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, has written 21 books in English and Polish, including "Enterprise Information Infrastructure," "The Architecture and Planning of Enterprise-Wide Information Management Systems," and "Red Fascism." In 2001, he received the 60 Years Anniversary Medal from the Association of Polish-American Engineers for his involvement in the creation of the "information superhighway."
Tarn, who joined WMU in 1999, is co-founder and area coordinator of the University's interdisciplinary telecommunications and information management program. He has published more than 70 research articles in such publications as the International Journal of Management Theory and Practices, for which he serves as managing editor. He is also on the editorial review board of the Information Resources Management Journal and the ad-hoc editorial review board of the Decision Sciences Journal. Tarn is a director of the International Chinese Information Systems Association, and has held several other leadership positions in the organization since 2000, including president and editor in chief.
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