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Mohsen Attaran
Mohsen Attaran, Ph.D.
Professor of Operations Management
Academic Area: Operations, Information & Technology

Biography

Mohsen Attaran is the 2004-05 Millie Ablin Outstanding Professor of Management at California State University, Bakersfield. He obtained his Ph.D. in Systems Science with specializations in Operations Management and Business Forecasting from Portland State University. He is the author/co-author of four books, four book chapters, over 120 peer-reviewed research papers, and ten commercial software packages. He has published articles in the top-ranked journals in his discipline, including Journal of Business Research, Information & Management, Industrial Management & Data Systems, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, Business Horizons, and HBR case study. He has taught in Europe and the Middle East and was a three-time recipient of the Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award for outstanding teaching, research, and community services. In 1996 he was honored as the recipient of the El Paso Natural Gas Faculty Achievement Award. In 2006, 2017, 2018, and 2020 he was nominated for the Wang Family Excellence Award. In 2019 he was honored with Emeritus Award for his significant contributions to the university, community, discipline, and profession.

Professor Attaran was president of the National Tax-Sheltered Accounts Association Educational Institute and served as an educational consultant for the National Institute for Pension Administrators for ten years. He has been a consultant for public and private organizations and has conducted numerous in-house workshops and seminars for Fortune 1000 companies. He is the founder and president of IES, Inc., a Web and Mobile App Development Company. For the past 20 years, IES helped several thousand for-profit and nonprofit organizations establish, expand, and strengthen their digital brand presence on the Internet. In addition, he has founded, launched, and managed several businesses in his career in various technological fields, including Telehealth Doctor Visits, a subscription-based virtual business, and a few nonprofit organizations.

Research Statement

Professor Attaran’s research agenda lies in the interface of operations, knowledge management, and information technology. Much of his current research focuses on studying technology and its societal impacts and identifying the implications for individuals and businesses. Moreover, he is interested in issues arising in the operations of internet-based markets.

Teaching

Undergraduate                          

  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Introduction to Total Quality Management
  • Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • e-Business: Integrating Business Functions
  • e-Business: Strategic Management of Technology

Graduate

  • Seminar in Operations Management
  • Seminar in Global Operations Management
  • Seminar in Management of Technology & Innovation
  • Master Culminating Project – Entrepreneurship
  • e-Business Challenges and Opportunities

Featured Published Journal Articles

The Law of Accelerating Technology Returns:

The more advanced we become, the faster we become in advancing.

— Ray Kurzweil
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