Title: President and CEO
Organization: IGI Global
Address: 701 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717-533-8845 (ext. 122)
Company Website: www.igi-global.com
Born and lived: Place of Birth: Iran; Living in the U.S. since 1974
Early life: Lived in Florida during the 1970’s through the early 1980’s. Received a BBA and MS from the University of Miami; MBA from Florida Institute of Technology; and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Professional career and activities: On the Faculty of the Business School at Penn State Harrisburg from 1982-2000 as an Associate Professor of Information Systems.
In my spare time: I like to run, swim, read, listen to music, scuba dive, and fly.
Favorite books: Limits to Growth by Donella H. Meadows; The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon; and The World is Flat by Thomas L Friedman
Pets: I love my two beautiful girls (cats), Basha and Anar.
Philosophy: My formula for success is (Success = Intelligence + Hard Work + Determination + Commitment)
Most memorable career achievement: Completing my first edition of the Encyclopedia of Information Systems (5 Vols.) in 2006 and then the Second Edition (8 Vols.) in 2011.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: To obtain my Professional Pilot License
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Although one might assume that technological innovations will completely change knowledge dissemination, in my opinion, the pace of this change will be slower than the pace of forthcoming technological changes. However, we will notice a much stronger move toward the utilization of mobile systems for accessing knowledge by knowledge seekers, as well as much greater utilization of specialized aggregated databases in academic libraries worldwide.