Mike Tarn

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Mike Tarn
Chair and Professor of Business Information Systems and Bernard Meldrum Professor of Computer Information Systems
(269) 387-5409
(269) 387-5710
3316 Schneider Hall, Mail Stop 5412
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Department of Business Information Systems
Haworth College of Business
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5412 USA
  • Ph.D., Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. J. Michael Tarn is a professor and the chair of the Department of Business Information Systems at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Tarn's areas of expertise include:

  • Information security management
  • Computer networking and data communications
  • Enterprise systems
  • Internet research
  • IT globalization
  • Critical systems management

Specializing in multidisciplinary research, Tarn has published over 120 research articles in peer-reviewed professional journals, book chapters and refereed conference proceedings. He coauthored the first scholarly book in enterprise systems education: Enterprise Systems Education in the 21st Century. Tarn has more than 12 years of academic journal editorship experience for two peer-reviewed international journals:

  • International Journal of Management Theory and Practices (was managing editor before becoming editor-in-chief)
  • Communications of the ICISA–an International Journal (editor-in-chief)

Tarn has been a senior editorial review board member of the renowned Information Resources Management Journal and two other international peer reviewed journals for more than a decade.

Tarn is former president of the International Chinese Information Systems Association. With his international network and extensive experience in international partnership, Tarn has been the key initiator and facilitator for the University and global engagement for the college of business. Since 2009, he has assisted WMU and the Haworth College of Business in establishing international partnership with 20 universities in Asia.

Tarn was awarded the Bernard Meldrum Professorship of Business Information Systems at the Haworth College of Business (January 2017) and was recognized and appointed as an honorary professor by the School of Business at Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau China (July 2017).