Educating the Global IT Manager

By Mary Ann Robbert, Linda Senne and Nader Asgary.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Universities face the challenge of academically preparing information technology (IT) majors to lead technology groups in contemporary global IT departments. Most graduates will need to function in an international environment that requires in-depth knowledge of multiple disciplines. A dual degree program that enables students to receive two degrees in different majors and attend schools located on different continents can provide the breadth of education required to meet current requirements. Synergy between the majors and the schools is the critical requirement for success. Integrating the correct balance of technical and business courses in different locations provides a distinct program for educating tomorrow’s global IT leaders.
This paper describes a dual degree program implemented for the past three years by Tilburg University in the Netherlands, Deusto University in Spain and Bentley University in the US. In this program students earn a bachelors degree in Information Management from Tilburg and a BS in Management from Bentley. Implementation challenges as well as current technologies used to enhance the program and facilitate knowledge transfer are included.

Keywords: Dual Degrees, IT Curriculum, Technology Education

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.179-190. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.204MB).

Dr. Mary Ann Robbert

Professor, Information and Process Management Department, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA

Mary Ann Robbert has her PhD. in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, a Master’s in Computer Science from New York Polytechnic University, and a Master’s in Math Education from Cal State, Northridge. She taught in and chaired the CS and CIS departments at Sacred Heart University and Bentley University, and is currently a member of the Information and Process Management Department at Bentley University. Her executive education experience includes: Analysis and Design, Database and Data Warehousing modules for the MIT Information Quality Program, Information Quality for the Tias/Nimbus School in the Netherlands, and presentations at large financial companies. Internationally, she taught courses at the Helsinki School of Economics, ESME- Sudria School of Engineering in Paris and Bentley University in Bahrain. Mary Ann combines teaching, consulting and research. Her research focuses on information quality, business intelligence and outsourcing. Her publications include research on how the quality of the data effects the decisions made, methods to graph data degradation, effects of the business model on quality and interorganizational information sharing. This research is now focused primarily on financial data and risk management. As one of the recipients of a FIPSE grant for dual-degree programs, she has designed the curriculum and implemented a dual degree program between Tilburg and Bentley Universities that includes Deusto University.

Dr. Linda Senne

Senior Lecturer, Information Design and Corporate Communication, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA

Linda P. Senne earned a dual PhD in German and Humanities from Stanford University and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Currently, she is a member of the Information Design and Corporate Communication at Bentley University. Prior to joining the Bentley faculty, she worked for almost 25 years for firms in high tech and financial services, where she held management and executive positions in marketing, program management and operations. Her research focuses on business intelligence and information quality, data analytics (exploration and analysis of large data sets), and reading comprehension (hardcopy vs. on-line tools such as e-mail, blogs, wikis, and IM) and collaborative education programs.

Dr. Nader Asgary

Professor, Management Department, Bentley University, Waltham, MA, USA

Nader Asgary is currently a Professor of Management and Economics at Bentley University. He was named Associate Provost for International Relations and Director of the Cronin International Centre (CIC) in 2006. As Associate Provost, he manages all things “international” at Bentley, and led many initiatives to enhance the globalization agenda of the University. He was instrumental in applying for and receiving two grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education to build comprehensive relations between Bentley and Universities in Europe and Brazil. He has developed and managed production of Bentley Global Perspectives Magazine. Dr. Asgary studied at Texas A & M University, where he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and then worked in the public and private sector in Middle East for a few years. He received his MA and PhD in economics at the University of Houston. He has taught courses in International Business, International Economics, International Management Behavior, Economics, Economic Development, Econometrics, and Finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels for more than 18 years, and he has been the recipient of many educator awards. Dr. Asgary has published in numerous national and international journals, such as Economic Inquiry and Journal of Business Ethics, has participated in many international and national conference presentations and has been a guest speaker and professional journal reviewer.


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