Kresge Library

SBA Research Seminar and Workshop Series

Mohan Tanniru
Professor of MIS, Interim Dean, School of Business Administration

How the Role of MIS Has Changed over Three Decades?


Mohan Tanniru
Date: March 14, 2008
Time:  11:00am – 1:00 pm
Location:  234 EH

Lunch will be served
RSVP by Tuesday, February 6th or 248-370-4288

Information technology (IT) has come a long way: back office operations in the 70’s, desktop support in the 80’s, enterprise process integration in the 90’s; and inter-organizational interaction in the 00’s. We are only just scratching the surface, as web (1.0, 2.0, 3.0,) is expected to alter the way organizations, future generations of work-force and societies will interact. Given that IT is expected to transform the way organizations operate, IS professionals have a responsibility to ensure that they continue to add to the organization and the society. Specifically, the IS community has to make sure they are not just implementing a-priori made management decisions but take the lead and help shape decisions that are a part of organizational fabric: its strategic thinking and cultural make-up. At the same time, IS community has to guard against becoming a zealot for technology but a wise steward of its value to the organization and the society as a whole.  This presentation takes a retrospective look of MIS evolution over 4 decades and poses some challenges for the MIS profession in the future.


Dr. Mohan Tanniru


  • 1975-78 Ph.D. in MIS, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1972-75 MBA in Production and Operations Management, U. of WI- Oshkosh,Wisconsin
  • 1970-72 MS in Electrical Engineering with Control Systems and Computer Logic, U. of WI- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964-69 BS in Electrical Engineering, Regional Engineering College, Warangal, Andhra Predesh, India.


Selected recent publications

Book Chapter

M. Tanniru, “A Framework for Supporting Decisions in a Global Context – The Case of a Global DSS (gDSS) for financial planning,”
In Handbook on Decision Support Systems 2. Springer, 2008. pp.239-257 - View chapter summary


Agarwal, R., De, P., Sinha, A. P., & Tanniru, M. (2000). On the usability of OO representations. Association for Computing Machinery.Communications of the ACM, 43(10), 83.

Aigebo, H., & Tanniru, M. (2004). Electronic markets in support of procurement processes along the automotive supply chain. Production Planning & Control, 15(7), 688.

Mukherji, N., Rajagopalan, B., & Tanniru, M. (2006). A decision support model for optimal timing of investments in information technology upgrades. Decision Support Systems, 42(3), 1684.

Peacock, E., & Tanniru, M. (2005). Activity-based justification of IT investments. Information & Management, 42(3), 415.

Sugumaran, V., Tanniru, M., & Storey, V. C. (2008). A knowledge-based framework for extracting components in agile systems development. Information Technology and Management, 9(1), 37.

Therani, M., & Tanniru, M. (2005). Knowledge partitioning: A strategic approach to product lifecycle management. International Journal of Product Development, 2(1,2), 85.

Zhao, J. L., Tanniru, M., & Zhang, L. (2007). Services computing as the foundation of enterprise agility: Overview of recent advances and introduction to the special issue. Information Systems Frontiers, 9(1), 1.


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