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Information Systems Department Hosts Renowned IS Scholar


Professor Rajiv Kohli, one of the leading Information systems (IS) scholar was on a research visit to SQU from October 2nd-7th, 2017 in connection with an SQU granted project titled "Developing a Strategic Framework for ICT Investments in Omani Financial Institutions". The project is and co-investigated by Dr. Kamla Al-Busaidi and Hon. Dr. Saeed Al-Muharami at the college of Economics and Political Science (CEPS).

As part of his visit, Prof. Kohli kindly gave a workshop and seminar in addition to the consultancy meetings for the research project. He also met with Dr. Raham Al-Mahrooqi , Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate and Research. Prof. Kohli gave a workshop titled” How to [do research to] Publish in Leading Journals”.  The workshop was co-organized with the SQU center for community service and continuing education.  Through the center, several Omani IS researchers from other colleges and universities in Oman were invited to attend the workshop.  The Workshop aimed to discuss the best practices that lead to good quality research and observations to improve the chances of success in publishing research in leading academic journals.

Prof. Kohli gave a seminar on “Pursuing Business Value of Information Systems: When, Where and How?”  The seminar aimed to provide an overview how research have pursued the study of IS business value, its locus and temporality, and the importance to understand the nature of the business to demonstrate business value of IS to justify the investment. Implications for IS researchers and professionals were presented.  The seminar was attended by students, faculty members, and practitioners from Omani organizations.

Dr. Kamla Al-Busaidi, Head of the Information Systems Department said that it was a great honor to host Prof. Rajiv Kohli in SQU. “We are pleased and thankful for his modesty.  His visit and his enriching discussions and activities was inspirational and added great value to the project, the department, the college and the community”.

Prof. Rajiv Kohli is the John N. Dalton Memorial Professor of Business in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary. Dr. Kohli's research interests include Business Value of Information Technology, Healthcare Information Systems, and Managing Innovation with Information Technologies. Dr. Kohli is ranked as #1 scholar in a Health Information Technology (HIT) thought leadership study.