Tutorial Lectures


Tutorial Speakers:

  • A.D. Amar, Professor of Management, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, USA

  • Dr. Deepak Khazanchi, College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), USA


A. D. Amar
Professor of Management, Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University, USA;


This paper covers knowledge and its evolution through the development of human mind and its role in organized work activity. This development has made knowledge an indispensable input factor for all productive activities¡ªindustrial or nonindustrial. Following the well-accepted metaphorical linkage leading to wisdom, the paper goes over how organizations, going through the content of human mind, can lead their employees to the wisdom the organization needs. It defines wisdom as the capacity to purposefully coordinate all, or some, of the steps leading to wisdom that result into actions that successfully deliver objectives and goals of the organization. Alternatively, this paradigm describing wisdom does not recognize the value of knowledge or understanding in itself. Knowledge or understanding is of any relevance because of its value for wisdom.
The rationality of not distinguishing between knowledge and wisdom presented in this paper challenges the frontend of the paradox that establishes the genesis of wisdom in the chain of data-information-knowledge. The rationale presented also challenges the backend of this chain that establishes the knowledge-understanding-wisdom linkage. Instead, we postulate wisdom as an integrative of data, information, understanding, and knowledge. Likewise, experience or tacit knowledge constituents of wisdom may bypass the understanding step leading to wisdom.
This postulate is guided by the assumption that intuition, ability to prognosticate, quick observation of the situation, and focus on the desired outcome proxy for data, information, knowledge and understanding. Wisdom uniquely coalesces all of them in accomplishment of the objectives and goals set by the organization.

Speaker’s  short biographical note:

An expert in knowledge organization & management theory, Dr. A. D. Amar (Amar Dev Amar) received 2013 Carolyn Dexter Finalist Award of the Academy of Management and 2010 NJBIA Bright Idea Award in Management of the NJPRO Foundation of New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) for his paper on leadership and authority. His papers on leadership and meditation were selected as Best Papers of the Academy of Management annual meetings of 2013 and 2014. His paper on motivating knowledge workers has been the 5th Most Read Article of 2015 and the 8th Most Read Article of 2016 of the European Journal of Innovation Management. Dr. Amar has taught, consulted, held management positions and trained managers in industry and public sector undertakings in the USA, India, Poland, Russia, and the United Kingdom. He has served as an external examiner on several doctoral committees, has years of research in knowledge work, and hundreds of scholarly publications and presentations on a variety of management topics. He has delivered a number of invited, plenary and special lectures worldwide. Among his publications is a graduate-level book on knowledge work and organizations titled Managing Knowledge Workers: Unleashing Innovation and Productivity (Westport, CT: Quorum Books, Greenwood Press; 2002).

Beyond innovation: How transformative thinking should be part of our daily work

Dr. Deepak Khazanchi
Professor,College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO);


Innovation might be the buzzword word du jour but it is a concept that has existed since the origins of the human race. In fact, the ubiquity of the terms ¡°innovation¡± and ¡°creativity¡± in the language of business and management is threatening to empty them of meaning. At the end of this talk, participants will learn the following: (a) why and how we need to go beyond innovation in its traditional sense; (b) consider the implications of transformative thinking for our daily work and emergent collaborations; and, (c) understand best practices and examples that illustrate the true significance of how such transformative thinking has the potential to have an impact on organizations and society writ large.

Speaker’s  short biographical note:

Dr. Deepak Khazanchi is Professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Community Engagement and Internationalization Officer in the College of Information Science & Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Prior to becoming Associate Dean, he served as Chair of the Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis department in IS&T. He is also an affiliated faculty in UNO's International Studies & Programs. Deepak has served as a visiting faculty for the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway and has courtesy affiliations as a graduate faculty/scholar with the University of Central Florida, Management Center Innsbruck (Austria), Bennet University (India), and Sir Padmpat Singhania University (India). Deepak is on the International Advisory Board of SPSU and Bennett University. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs, and other papers in both academic and practitioner outlets. Additionally, Deepak has given a number of workshops internationally and has presented his thoughts and research work in numerous industry and academic settings in the USA, India, Norway, China and Austria.
He received the Ph.D. degree with a specialization in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University. Prior to this, he earned the MBA degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and obtained an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur (India). Dr. Khazanchi has served as the President of the Midwest Association of Information Systems (http://www.mwais.org), AMCIS representative member of the Association of Information Systems Council (http://www.aisnet.org), and the AMCIS Site Advisory committee. Deepak is the founding chair of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) Special Interest Group for IT Project Management (http://www.SIGITProjMgmt.org) since 2006.

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