Faculty Profiles

Great schools are associated with their thinkers, teachers and writers. Our faculty is dedicated to enlighten students with their new and innovative pedagogical approaches. Their research and innovative perspectives inspire others in their fields as well. These are the MIS and Decision Sciences faculty in the School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend.

Gary Kern

(574) 520-4851

Gary Kern
Associate Professor

Before joining the faculty at IU South Bend in the fall of 1992, Dr. Kern taught MIS, Operations Management, and Management Science courses at the University of Virginia, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana State University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Shanghai Institute of Mechanical Engineering. He is an active member of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), serving as President of the Midwest DSI during 1997-98.

PhD, Indiana University
MBA, Case Western University
BS, University of Virginia

Honors and Awards:
S. F. Otteson Teaching Excellence Award - IU Bloomington
Member of Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching
Indiana University Faculty Service Fellow

Selected Research:

  • “Master, Production Rescheduling Policy in Capacity-Constrained Just-In-Time Make-To-Stock Environments,” (with Jerry Wei), Decision Sciences Journal, 27 (2), 365-387, 1996.
  • “A Mathematical Programming Approach for Dealing with Exceptional Elements in Cellular Manufacturing,” (with Scott Shafer, Jerry Wei), International Journal of Production Research, 30 (5), 1029-1036, 1992.
  • “The Cost of Eliminating Exceptional Elements in Group Technology Cell Formation,” (with Jerry Wei), International Journal of Production Research, 29 (8), 1535-1547, 1991.
  • “Interactive Videodisc Instruction: The Influence of Personality on Learning,” (with Khalil Matta), International Journal of Man-Machine Systems, 35, 541-552, 1991.
  • “Model for Demand Management in Assemble-To-Order Environments,” (with Hector Guerrero), Journal of Operations Management, 9 (1), 65-84, 1990.

Bhavik Pathak

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Mohammad Merhi
Assistant Professor

Dr. Merhi's teaching interests are in the areas of management information systems, systems analysis, design, and implementation, and data mining. His research interests include behavioral aspects of information security and privacy, implementation of health information technologies and e-government systems.

PhD, University of Texas Pan-American
MBA, Emporia State University

Selected Research:

  • Koong, K.S., Merhi, M.I., and Sun, J (2013). Push and Pull Effects on Homeland Information Security Incentives. Information Management and Computer Security, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 155-176.
  • Merhi, M.I. and Ahluwalia, P. (2014). The Role of Punishment and Task Dissonance in Information Security Policies Compliance.  Proceedings ofAmericas Conference on Information Systems, Savannah, Georgia.
  • Merhi, M.I. and Ahluwalia, P. (2013). Information Security Policies Compliance: The Role of Organizational Punishment.  Proceedings ofAmericas Conference on Information Systems, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Merhi, M.I. and Midha, V. (2012). The Impact of Training and Social Norms on Information Security Compliance: A Pilot Study.  Proceedings ofInternational Conference on Information Systems 2012, Orlando, Florida.

Bhavik Pathak

(574) 520-4614

Bhavik Pathak
Associate Professor

Dr. Pathak’s teaching interests are in the areas of electronic commerce, decision support systems, management information systems, and data mining. His research interests are in the areas of electronic commerce, online recommender systems, social networking, shopbots, and online promotions.

PhD, University of Connecticut
MBA, Nirma Institute of Management

Selected Research:

  • “Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Recommender Systems on Sales,” (with Robert Garfinkel, Ram Gopal, Raj Venkatesan , and Fang Yin), Journal of Management Information Systems, 27(2), 159-188, 2011.
  • “A Survey of the Comparison Shopping Agent-Based Decision Support Systems,”, Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 11(3), 178-192.
  • "Shopbot 2.0: Integrating Recommendations and Promotions with Comparison Shopping," (with Robert Garfinkel, Ram Gopal, Fang Yin), Decision Support Systems, 46 (1), 61-69, 2008.
  • “From Fatwallet to eBay: An Investigation of the Impact of Virtual Communities on Sales Promotion,” (with Ram Gopal, Arvind Tripathi, Fang Yin), Journal of Retailing, 82 (2), 155-164, 2006

Mark Schroeder

(574) 520-4284

Mark Schroeder

Before coming to IU South Bend, Mark Schroeder worked in the Information Technology field in private industry. Mark has been both a programmer and a systems analyst, and is accustomed to solving problems from both the business perspective and with a view to technological details. Some of the area companies where Mark has worked include Hartmarx, Allied-Signal, National Steel, and Fiserv. Mark’s prior teaching experience includes teaching Business Software, and Networking Technology at Ivy Tech and Davenport University.

MS-MIT, IU South Bend
BS, Purdue University

Prasad Rudramuniyaiah

(574) 520-4453

Prasad Rudramuniyaiah
Visiting Assistant Professor

Prasad teaches several Information Systems and Decision Science courses. His research interests are in the areas of Cybersecurity, Business Analytics and Knowledge Management. His research has been published in reputed Information Systems journals, conferences and book chapters.

ABD, University of Missouri St. Louis
MS, Middlesex University

Selected Research:

  • Lacity, M., and Rudramuniyaiah, P. (2009), "Funny Business: Public Opinion of Outsourcing and Offshoring as Reflected in U.S. and Indian Political Cartoons," Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), Vol. 24, 13, pp.199-224.
  • Lacity, M., Iyer, V., and Rudramuniyaiah, P. (2008), “Turnover Intentions of Indian IS  Professionals,” Information Systems Frontiers (ISF), Special Issue on Outsourcing of IT Services, Vol. 10, 2, pp. 225-241.

Dazhong Wu

(574) 520-4453

Ganesh Vaidyanathan
Chair and Associate Professor
Director, MS-MIT Program

Dr. Vaidyanathan has over twenty years of managerial experience in e-commerce, information technology, automation, strategy, and software engineering with several high tech industries in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to co-founding eReliable Commerce, Inc., Dr. Vaidyanathan held executive positions at Click Commerce Inc., Allied Signal, Inc. (Honeywell), General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, Inc. He teaches Operations Management, Project Management, MIS, and eCommerce. His research interests are in eBusiness Technology, Risk Validation, Supply Chain Management, and information technology in corporations. 

PhD, Tulane University
MBA, University of Chicago

Honors and Awards:
Trustee Teaching Award, 2006
Mack Fellow, 2013;   Member of Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching
IUSB Teaching Excellence Award, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
IUSB Research Excellence Award, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Selected Research:

  • Mishra, A.N., Devaraj, S., Vaidyanathan, G. 2013. Capability Hierarchy in Electronic Procurement and Procurement Process Performance: An empirical Analysis. Journal of Operations Management, 31(6), 376-390.
  • Vaidyanathan, G., Devaraj, S., Mishra, A.N. 2012. Effect of Purchase Volume Flexibility and Purchase Mix Flexibility on E-procurement Performance: An Analysis of Two Perspectives. Journal of Operations Management, 30(7-8), 509-520.
  • Vaidyanathan, G., Devaraj, S., and D’Arcy, J.D. 2012. Does Security Impact E-Procurement Performance? Testing a Model of Direct and Moderated Effects. Decision Sciences, 43(3), 437-458.
  • Vaidyanathan, G., Mautone, S. 2009. Security in Web Content Management Systems Applications: A Framework Based Evaluation. Communications of the ACM, 52(12), 1-6.
  • Vaidyanathan, G., Devaraj, S. 2008. The Role of Quality in e-Procurement Information, Fulfillment and Performance: An empirical Analysis.  Journal of Operations Management, 26(3), 407-425.
  • Vaidyanathan, G. 2005. A framework for evaluating third-party logistics. Communications of the ACM, 48(1), 89-94.
  • Vaidyanathan, G., Devaraj, S. 2003. A five factor framework for analyzing online risks in e-business. Communications of the ACM, 46(12), 354-361.