PhD Students

Dr. Nault has supervised PhD students at the University of Calgary, the University of British Columbia, The Ohio State University, the University of California, Irvine, the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University. His students are significant contributors to their fields as leading researchers in management, supply chain, optimization, and economics and innovation; publishing regularly in top journals and conferences and are active faculty members at post-secondary institutes throughout the world.

  1. MEYSAM FEREIDOUNI, PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

    Meysam is a PhD Candidate in Business Technology Management at Haskayne School of Business, with some background in Operation and Supply Chain Management. He received his Master’s degree in Socioeconomic Engineering and his Bachelor in Industrial Engineering at the Iran University of Science and Technology. 

    Meysam is interested in the impact of information systems on economic decisions.


  1. JUN MA, PhD, Postdoc, University of Calgary

    Dr. Jun Ma is a postdoc in Business Technology Management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. He received his Ph.D. and MS from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary, and the School of Management, Shenyang University of Technology, respectively. He was a visiting scholar at the School of Business in the State University of New York. His research interests include supply chain network management, smart supply chain, conflicting objectives decision making, production and operations management, and evolutionary game theory. His teaching experience includes integrated manufacturing systems, fundamental pipeline economics, production and operations management, operations research, database, and management information system.

Past Students

Dr. Zhuo (June) Cheng, Associate Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Dr. June Cheng is an Associate Professor in the School of Accounting and Finance at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from The Ohio State University. She teaches Accounting Information Systems. Her research interests include business value of information technology, social networks, and interdisciplinary topics of information systems & accounting/finance. Her work has been published in Information Systems Research, Management Science, Decision Support Systems, and Information Technology and Management, among others.  

Dr. Paul Forster is a professor of business at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology teaching international business. He has worked with the air cargo industry since 1995 on projects ranging from information systems to climate change. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on air cargo and publishes in academic journals, books and magazines. He is currently working on projects related to carbon management in the logistics industry in Asia and is a member of the Hong Kong Climate Change Business Forum. Dr. Forster holds a PhD from the University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.

Fengmei Gong holds a PhD in the Management Information Systems area from the University of Calgary and currently is an Associate Professor of Operations-Information Technology at University of La Verne. Her research interests lie in the economics of information systems, the business value of information technology, IT productivity, and supply chain management and logistics outsourcing. Fengmei has received several awards and scholarships throughout her academic endeavours, including the Wilson Scholarship from the University of Calgary, the Graduate Research Scholarship from the University of Calgary, and a best paper award for “A Research on Mass Customization Logistics” at the First Annual Conference of China Society of Logistics. She holds professional memberships with the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, the Association for Information Systems, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Fengmei holds a MSc in enterprise management from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and a BSc in marketing from the Hubei University of Technology.

Dr. Kunsoo Han is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Management at McGill University. He received his PhD from University of Minnesota, and his BS and MS from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Prior to joining the academia, he worked at a large IT consulting company in Korea. He teaches undergraduate courses on Systems Analysis and Modeling and Information Systems, and a PhD seminar on Economics of IT. His research interests include IT outsourcing, business value and impacts of IT, and IT-enabled channels. His work has been published in Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Journal of Management Information Systems, and MIT Sloan Management Review among others. He won the Best Doctoral Paper award at 2005 INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST).

Dr. Landon Kleis is an instructor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He earned his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia. His research addresses the economic impact of information systems on innovation and productivity. His work has been presented at ICIS and WISE, and published in Information Systems Research and Decision Sciences. 

Dr. Li is an Associate Professor at the College of Engineering, University of Kentucky. His research areas include Production Scheduling, Adaptive Production Control,Operating Room Scheduling, Optimization, and Manufacturing Systems. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (1997) from the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Master of Science (2006) from the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary; he is a PhD (2011) Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering University of Calgary. In 2011 he was a Post Doctoral Fellow in Haskayne School of Business University of Calgary and in 2012 a Mitacs-Accelerate Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Dr. Mann is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa and completed her PhD at Arizona State University. Dr. Mann is a certified instructor for Cisco Networking Academy curriculum and has 4+ years of teaching Network and security related courses. She was an Associate Director of Cyber Security Institute at University of Houston Clear Lake. Where she was engaged in cyber security research, education, and professional training.

She received the Excellence in teaching award during her tenure at University of Houston Clear Lake in 2015. This award was presented by the student chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. The excellence in teaching award is awarded to Professors who teach classes on campus with passion and inspire the students beyond the classroom, those who demonstrate dedication to developing students beyond.

Dr. Melnik is a Senior Product Planner at Microsoft patterns & practices and former faculty member of SAIT Polytechnic, University of Calgary, and Humber College.

Dr. Mittal is Previously he worked as Senior Adviser to the Executive Director of the World Bank in Washington DC and was also Director, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India, also serving as a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Dr. Mittal was an IAS Officer from Tamil Nadu Cadre (1992). During his IAS career spanning over two decades, he has served in various departments/offices of the state and the centre including Land & Revenue, Mines and Minerals, Transport, Telecommunication, Commerce. He has been Additional Director of Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. since April 11, 2013. He served as a Part Time Director of GAIL (India) Limited from February 28, 2012 to April 10, 2013. He served as Director at GAIL Gas Limited. He is an electrical engineering graduate from IIT, Kanpur, holds an MBA degree from Cranfield University, UK and is a PhD (MIS) from The Ohio State University, USA.

Dr. Hasan Mohammad is an Associate Professor at Kuwait University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering, with a minor in mathematics, from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1997), a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University (2001), and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Calgary (2007). Right after earning his bachelor degree, Hasan worked as a computer engineer in the Decision Support Department of the office of the President of Kuwait University. Besides his work at Kuwait University, Hasan also established his own business – Al Ahmadia Center – that specialized in custom designing security systems for households and businesses. Hasan was granted a full scholarship from the college of administrative sciences at Kuwait University to pursue a course of study leading to a master and PhD degrees in Management Information Systems. Hasan is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Administrative Science at Kuwait University.

Tracey Stock is a Ph.D. graduate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Resources and the Environment Program, at the University of Calgary. He is a lawyer and professional engineer with many years of professional and management experience in the oil and gas industry. ??Tracey's research interests include transaction cost analysis and organizational design. He is co-author of a working paper on a longitudinal study of costs in the transaction and information sectors of the United States economy, 1971-2000, that was presented at the Decision Sciences Institute annual meeting, November 2006. He is also a co-author on a study that examines the fit concept in the context of IS planning that was presented at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, January 2007. ??Tracey completed his B.A. in chemistry at Queen's University, B.A.Sc. in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto, LL.B. at the University of Calgary, and M.B.A. at Athabasca University. ?Citations: ?Victoria Mitchell, Hasan Mohammad, Tracey Stock, Xueqi (David) Wei, 2007. "Fit Perspectives and Theory Building in Information Systems." Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, forthcoming 2007.

Dr. Ullah completed his PhD at the University of Calgary and currently works a Patent Engineer with Haynes, Beffel & Wolfeld LLP.

Vaarun is a PhD in Business Technology Management from the University of Calgary, with a minor in Accounting. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Pune, India.

Vaarun's research interest is in IT Regulation, with particular interests in platforms, data ownership and data rights. He is currently investigating the effect of the European Union's General Data Protection Guidelines on competition in the data controller industry. He also studies how platforms affect firm investments, profitability and participation. In addition, he studies Information Technology (IT) productivity, and in particular, how IT affects energy productivity, firm costs, accrual size, and accrual precision. He focuses on the Economics of Information Systems, using analytical modelling and econometric methods.

Vaarun's teaching experience includes multiple years as an instructor of Business Technology Management at Haskayne, and corporate training at IBM. His professional experience includes technical, business and consulting work in the IT industry in U.S.A., Canada and India.

Dr. Wang was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, her term ended in December 2015. Her research interests include supply chain coordination, IT outsourcing, logistics management. She holds a Master of Science (2007) in Management Science and Engineering from Nankai University, Tianjin, China and a Bachelor (2005) in information management and information system from Shenyang ligong University, Shenyang, China. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Management Science and Engineering in Nankai University, Tianjin, China in Jan. 2012. In July of 2012, Dr. Wang became a Post-Doctoral student at the University of Calgary. She is currently a Ph.D. Student in Management in the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Xueqi (David) Wei is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Management and Business Intelligence (IM&BI) at Fudan University School of Management. He received his Ph.D. from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary in 2008. His research interests include Information Goods, IT Impact on Capacity Utilization, IT Business Value, E-Business, Management of Technology, Economics of Information Systems and Theory Building in Information Systems. He was recipient of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year. He is also a recipient of a research grant of the National Natural Science Foundation of China for his research project "Multi-Channel Integration, Product Design and Pricing Mechanism in the O2O eBusiness Model" from 2013-2016. Dr. Wei has published articles in academic journals such as Production and Operations Management, Decision Support Systems, Entrepreneurship Research Journal, International Journal of Software Engineering and Computing, and Systems Engineering: Theory & Practice and presented at several international conferences and workshops such as the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), the NYU/CeDER Summer Workshop on the Economics of Information Technology and Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE). One of his papers won the "Best Paper Award" at INFORMS CIST. He was also a local co-chair of the 22nd Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE 2011) held in Shanghai, 2011. 

David Zhang received his Ph.D in Management Information Systems from The University of Calgary, Canada, his master’s degree in Economics from HKUST, Hong Kong, and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Sun Yat-sen University, China. He joined the Department of Management at Lehigh University in Fall 2015. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty, he served as an assistant professor at the Kania School of Management, University of Scranton.

Professor Zhang’s current research focuses on:  IT productivity, IT substitutability, IT and firm value in the financial markets, and healthcare informatics. He has presented his work at numerous venues in the United States and Canada.

Jian (Ray) Zhang earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Calgary. Before joining Haskayne School of Business, Ray was a postdoc at COSMO – the stochastic mine planning laboratory, McGill University. At the time, his research focused on applying the large-scale optimization methods (Benders decomposition, column generation) to the optimization of mineral value chain integrating upstream resource uncertainty and downstream market uncertainty. Ray's current research interests includes dynamic pricing, mechanism design, multi-stage gaming, and the value of information in supply chain managment.