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How to Spot a CIO in Trouble


The signs and remedies lie in the areas of executive support, strategic directions, and project portfolio management.

Mohammad B. Ayati

Mohammad B. Ayati, Ph.D. is a Professor of Information Systems at California State University, Los Angeles. He started his professional work as a field mechanical engineer and a project manager in the steel industry. He also spent a year in the then USSR for training as a chief engineer for the assembly of mechanical equipment. He received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems with an emphasis on Operations Management and Information Systems. During his Ph.D. program, he worked for the NASA 'Future Aviation Fuels' project. Later, he worked as a Senior Information Systems Analyst for Systems Magnetic Company in Anaheim, California. Since 1982, when he joined CSULA, his main focus has been in Management Information Systems. His areas of teaching, consulting, and research interests have been in Business Process Reengineering, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, Systems Analysis and Design, Database Design, Computer Architecture, and Application Development on a variety of platforms.


Susan C. Curzon

Susan Carol Curzon, Ph.D., is Dean of the University Library at California State University, Northridge-a comprehensive, urban university with an enrollment of 33,000. The Library has a commitment to continually developing quality collections and quality service to support teaching and research, to partnering with faculty in the education of students and to developing the information literacy skills of students. During Sue's tenure, the Library was badly damaged by the 6.8 Northridge earthquake and had to be redesigned and rebuilt. Sue has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Public Administration. She has experience in public and corporate libraries. In 1993, she was Library Journal's "Librarian of the Year." She is the author of books and a variety of articles on the management of libraries and on information literacy.


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