Invited Speakers


Sushil Sharma - MCOB

Prof. Sushil SHARMA (Ball State University, USA)
Sushil Sharma is currently an associate dean and a professor of information systems (IS) in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. Sharma has a unique distinction of having earned two doctoral degrees. He has over 10 years of administrative leadership experience and more than 25 years of experience in higher education. Sharma served as the Chair for the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (2008–2012) and Executive Director of the MBA and other Certificate Programs (2011-2013).
Prior to joining the faculty at Ball State, he held the associate professor position at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India) and a visiting research associate professor at the Department of Management Science at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Sharma served as chair, Quantitative Systems Group, chair, Information Technology & Systems group, and chair, Placement at Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India).
His primary research interests are in information systems security, e-Learning, e-Government, computer-mediated communications, human computer interaction (HCI) and community and social informatics. He has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses on a variety of subjects including database management, ERP systems (SAP), electronic commerce, computer and network security, management information systems, systems analysis and design, distributed data processing systems, computer networking, and other information systems related subjects.
His work on ‘Cyber Slacking’ has also been widely covered by several media and news channels in the United States and has often been interviewed for his work. He is often invited to speak at seminars and colloquia by international professional and academic groups on a wide variety of topics such as e-learning, management, computer and network security, ERP implementations community and social informatics, human-computer interaction (HCI) and knowledge management. He has been a featured keynote speaker for hundreds of professional forums, executive development seminars, and academic conferences. Sharma has served as a consultant and advisor to numerous companies and organizations including World Bank funded projects.
Sharma currently serves as editor-in-chief of The International Journal of E-Adoption. He has been a reviewer and member of the editorial boards for several national and international journals.

gary grossman

Assoc. Prof. Gary GROSSMAN (Arizona State University, USA)
Dr. Gary M. Grossman, Associate Director for Programs in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Associate Professor in the Global Technology and Development (GTD) graduate program, offers more than four decades of experience in the management of social, education, technology, and employment and training projects in the United States and abroad. With a career beginning in specific applications of civil liberties and community development policy in the United States in the early 1970’s and later, concerning uses of technology in American youth and adult education programs in the 1980’s, Dr. Grossman’s career extended abroad through his work as an executive at the Center on Education and Training for Employment at The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, he conducted highly successful education and training programs in the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and South and East Asia, with a specific focus on education reform, primarily at the post-secondary level.
Dr. Grossman joined the faculty of Arizona State University (ASU) in 1994 as an Associate Professor of Information and Management Technology. Once in place, he began to organize the International Projects Unit (IPU) which operated from 1996-2001. Utilizing a perspective emphasizing the interface of social and education policy and its impacts in trade, education, technology, and other aspects of life in the United States and abroad, Dr. Grossman built the IPU into an organization that was recognized for its unique contributions to project management and specific applications of technology for training, information, and human resource purposes.
Trained as a sociologist and experienced in the administration of World Bank, U.S. Government and privately funded projects, Dr. Grossman also led the development of a unique transdisciplinary, transnational major in ASU’s Master of Science in Technology program. This degree concentration, entitled ‘Global Technology and Development’, features the combined perspectives of social science research and emerging technological models and is aimed at providing students an opportunity to explore the critical questions of globalization, commerce, sustainable development, information technology, transportation, education, and biotechnology which affect all nations. Classes in the GTD program began in the Fall, 2001 semester. In 2009, GTD became part of the School of Letters and Sciences. In the same year, Dr. Grossman joined faculty of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) at ASU’s Tempe campus. By 2012, GTD emerged as a stand-alone Masters Degree in the College of Letters and Sciences. In 2015, GTD became a featured graduate program in ASU’s new School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS). Dr. Grossman was named Associate Director for Programs as a key member in SFIS’ founding directorate.
Dr. Grossman is internationally recognized for leadership in his areas of interest and has built his career on the mutuality of interests between higher education and the needs of the society of which it is a part, both in his native country and around the world. Dr. Grossman was awarded two consecutive Fulbright Grants from 2002-2004 and spent that period engaged in research and teaching at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

victor j friedmann

Assoc. Prof. Victor J. Friedman (Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel)
Victor J.Friedman,Phd. , is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and co-chair of the Action Research Center for Social Justice at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel. His life’s work is helping individuals, organizations, and communities learn through “action science” – theory building, experimentation and critical reflection in everyday life.
He began his professional career studying Arabic and working in Arab-Jewish relations in Tunisia and Israel in the 1970’s. Subsequently, he studied cross-cultural psychology and organizational psychology. Since returning to Israel in 1987, he has conducted action research in organizational learning, intercultural communication, conflict resolution, social inclusion, social entrepreneurship, and the use of art in social change.
His current interest is reviving social space and field theory as “actionable” concepts for promoting learning and change. He is co-author of a book entitled Demystifying Organizational Learning, Associate Editor of the Action Research Journal, and Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Action Research.
He serves on the board of the Global Campaign for Middle East Peace and is active in the ATD Fourth World Movement to eradicate extreme poverty.