Rajiv D. Banker

Temple University,USA

Rajiv D. Banker is the Merves Chair and Director of the Center for Accounting and Information Technology at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Previously, Dr. Banker has served as the Anderson Chair and Dean at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Riverside, the Ashbel Smith Chair in Accounting and Information Management, Director of Accounting and Information Management Programs, Director of Center for Practice and Research in Software Management and Director of Center for Excellence in Asian Management at the University of Texas at Dallas (with joint appointments in the accounting and information management, and information systems and operations management areas), Professor of Accounting and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (with joint appointments in the schools of public policy and management, and industrial administration) and the Arthur Andersen Chair in Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Minnesota (with joint appointments in accounting, information systems and operations management departments).

Dr. Banker received a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors from the University of Bombay concentrating in Mathematics and Economics. He received several academic awards, including those for standing first at the Bachelor of Science examination at the University of Bombay. He received a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University concentrating in Planning and Control Systems.

He qualified as a Cost Accountant and as a Chartered Accountant, securing several awards including those for standing first and third respectively at national examinations of the two institutes.

Dr. Banker is internationally recognized as a leader in interdisciplinary research in management. He has received numerous awards for his research, including awards for Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature and Notable Contribution to the Governmental Accounting Literature by the American Accounting Association, and best paper awards at international conferences in information systems and in accounting. He has published more than 150 articles in prestigious research journals including Management Science, Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Communications of ACM, IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Econometrica.

His research articles are cited over 150 times each year by other researchers in a wide range of disciplines. One of his papers is ranked fourth highest in citations in the 50-year history of Management Science. He is recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information (Web of Science) as one of only 243 most highly cited researchers in economics and business worldwide that have made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology.

Dr. Banker's research interests range from analytical modeling to statistical analysis of data collected from different companies to address complex or emerging problems of importance to managers. His research on information systems explores issues of technology enabled competitive strategy, investments in information technology, software productivity and quality metrics, and management of software development and maintenance. His research in accounting addresses questions pertaining to performance measurement, incentive compensation, strategic cost management and public accounting industry analysis. His research in management science includes the development of new analytical methods for productivity and efficiency evaluation. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Financial Executives Research Foundation, the Institute of Management Accountants, and several leading corporations.

Ali Emrouznejad

  Aston University ,UK

Ali Emrouznejad has been working in various areas of Operations Research and Statistic generally and Data Envelopment Analysis specifically since 1993. He holds an MSc in applied mathematics and received his PhD in operational research and systems from Warwick Business School, UK. Having got PhD in the area of DEA, in 1998, he has joined to the development team of Performance Indicators (PI) in Higher Education (HE) at HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England). The PI in HE has widely published and it is now annual publication of HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency). His most recent research project was "assessing cost efficiencies in higher education" funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

His areas of research interest include performance measurement and management, efficiency and productivity analysis as well as data mining. Dr Emrouznejad serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals; he is senior editor and one of the founding members of the Data Envelopment Analysis Journal, associate editor of the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics and guest editor to several special issues of journals including Journal of Operational Research Society, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Medical Systems andInternational Journal of Energy Management Sector. He is co-founder of Performance Improvement Management Software (PIM-DEA).

Dr Emrouznejad is author of the book on "Applied Operational Research with SAS", he has published in such journals as Computers and Operations Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, Information and Management, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Expert Systems with Applications, International Transactions in Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, Knowledge-Based Systems, Soft computing, International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Information Sciences, Expert Systems, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Applied Mathematical Modelling, International Journal of Financial Service Management, Journal of Global Information Management, Assembly Automation, Applied Economics Letters, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Journal of Environmental Technology and Management and Journal of Medical Systems.

He is a member of the Operational Research Society of UK, secretary of Midland Operational Research Society, and Co-founder of Performance Improvement Management Software (DEA-PIMsoft). Further to this Ali's website (www.DEAzone.com) in DEA has internationally recognised as a main source for DEA users.

Ali also worked in the area of Data Mining and statistical tools using SAS and SPSS-Clementine. He has recently written a book in the area of "Applied Operational research with SAS".

Dr. Joost Platje

University of Opole

Joost Platje, born in 1968 in the Netherlands, studied economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he also finished his PhD.

He works in Poland since 1994, and since 1998 he is employed at the Faculty of Economics of Opole University, where he currently is employed as a university professor.

He has extensive teaching experience, organised 12 international scientific conferences and is the author of about 40 scientific publications and textbooks in English and Polish.

He is specialised in institutional aspects of European integration, sustainable development, transport and new-institutional economics. He has much experience in international co-operation and management of research projects.

Joost Platje, Institutional Change and Poland's Economic Performance since the 1970s – incentives and transaction costs, CL Consulting i Logistyka, Wrocław, 2004.


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