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Dr Abdullatif Tchantchane

Associate Professor

Dr Tchantchane's research interests include quantitative research methods, econometrics and computational math. He has many publications in nuclear physics, modeling, simulation and econometrics.

Qualifications: BSc, Case Western Reserve University; MA, Arizona State University; State Doctorate, Ferhat-Abbas University, Algeria

Location: Block 15 , Floor 1, Room 1-16

Telephone:  +971 4 2781922

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):TchanLatif

 

Dr Tchantchane is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. He is the Program Leader for the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences' undergraduate, First Year students and responsible for providing them with academic advice and support.

He  received his State Doctorate in Nuclear Physics, with the highest honours, from Ferhat-Abbas University, Algeria. In earlier days, he was a Mathematics Instructor at Arizona State University and during the period 1984-1997, Dr Tchantchane worked extensively toward the development of a number of nuclear analysis techniques applied to environmental studies and quality of life. Since 1997, he has been involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Engineering and Quantitative Research Methods.

His research interests include quantitative research methods, econometrics and computational math. Dr Tchantchane has consecutively won two teaching excellence awards from the University of Wollongong in Dubai in 2010 and 2011 and has supervised a number of master thesis and doctorate students.

He has produced numerous publications in nuclear physics, modelling, simulation and econometrics. A small selection of his recent work is listed below:

  • Abdellatif Tchantchane., Gwendolyn Rodrigues and Pauline Carolyne Fortes, An Empirical Study of the impact of Remittance, Educational Expenditure and Investment on Growth in the Philippines. Applied Econometrics AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Volume 13-1, (2013)
  • Abdellatif Tchantchane, Pauline Fortes, Swapna Koshy, An Evaluation of Technology Integration in Teaching Statistics: A Multivariate Survey Analysis, International Journal of Web-Based Learning Teaching Technology (2013)
  • Tchantchane, Natasha Amar, Meryl Prabhakaran “Cointegration between Gross Domestic Product and Population Variables: The Case of India “, International Journal of Financial Economics and Econometrics” No.1 Jan–June, 2012.
  • Hela Miniaoui, A. Tchantchane, "Investigating Efficiency of GCC Banks: A Non-Parametric Approach", The Review of Business, vol. 14, n°2, Summer, 2010  
  • Hosie, P, Jayashree P, Tchantchane, A & Lee, BS 2011, Book chapter, An Asian perspective on the influence of age, job characteristics and training opportunities on job satisfaction, Athens Institute of Education and Research.
  • Tchantchane “Categorical data Modeling: Logistic Regression Software “, International Conference on Computational Statistics and data Analysis Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, Volume 39, ISSN 2070-3740, 2009

 

 

Dr Arijit Sikdar

Associate Professor

Dr Arijit Sikdar has more than 15 years teaching and research experience in leading business schools. His research interests include strategic management issues related to technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and supply chain strategies.

Qualifications: BTech, Indian School of Mines, PhD IIM Ahmedabad

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-12

Telephone:  +971 4 2781944

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):ArijitSikdar

Dr Arijit Sikdar is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business with more than 15 years of teaching and research experience in leading business schools. Prior to this, he was a member of the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management in Indore (India). 

Dr Sikdar received his PhD in 1997 from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad with the thesis “Managing the technology development process in Indian chemical and pharmaceutical industries”.  He obtained his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in 1987.

Dr Sikdar has worked with the manufacturing and mining industry for more than five years as a management consultant before shifting to academia. He brings with him a rich blend of industry practice and management theory.

Dr Sikdar’s research interests include strategic management issues in organisations especially related to technology & innovation, entrepreneurship and supply chain strategies.

He has published more than 20 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and his paper on “Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice” won the UOWD Best Research Paper award in 2007. He has also reviewed submission for journals and conferences and has co-supervised two doctoral students.

Dr Sikdar is a professional member of the Academy of Management (USA) and Supply Chain Logistics Group (UAE).

 

Dr Balan Sundarakani

Associate Professor

Dr Balan Sundarakani has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, network optimisation, logistics modelling and simulation in several universities.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Distinction) M.S University, Master of Industrial Engineering (High Distinction) National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappali, PhD in Supply Chain Management (9.5/10), Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-03

Telephone:  +971 4 2781946

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):BalanSundarakani

Dr. Sundarakani is an Associate Professor and Discipline Leader for the Master of Science in Logistics program in the Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD). Previously he was working as an Assistant Professor at UOWD. He has 12 years of teaching and research experience in the area of Supply Chain Management across the various universities including the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Tiruchirappalli, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, Hindustan University, Chennai and the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore and the Chair of Logistics Management in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.

He earned a B.Engg (Distinction) in Mechanical Engineering from M.S University and an M.Engg (High Distinction) in Industrial Engineering from the National Institute of Technology-Tiruchirappalli, a PhD in Supply Chain Management from the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, India and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from the Logistics Institute Asia Pacific, NUS Singapore. He has completed research and consultancy projects for the UOW Dubai, EDB Singapore, IBM, DHL, Ministry of Defence Singapore, Dubai Trade, JAFZA, and RTA Dubai. The cumulative value of his research and consulting projects in Singapore was around $2 Million. Since joining UOWD, he has received five university funded research grants totaling AED 60,000.

Dr Sundarakani has published 92 research papers in the form of Refereed Journals: 28, Refereed Conferences: 37, Book Chapters: 12, Book: 1, Periodicals: 7, Industry Reports: 4, Case Study: 1 and Book Review: 2. His research outcomes have appeared in international Journals such as International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Technology Management, Computers In Industry, Journal of Advances in Management Research, International Journal of Logistics Systems Management, etc. and which are received many citations worldwide. He serves as a supervisor for a number of PhD/DBA candidates, examined six PhD theses and currently serving as a member of the PhD examination panels of three different Universities.

He has won “Research Excellence Award” on two occasions for his research performance at UOWD in 2010 & 2012, received the ‘Highly commended’ Teaching Excellence Award from UOWD in 2015, the ‘Best paper Award’ from IEOM, Bali, Indonesia in 2014, the RTA Appreciation (2012) from the Government of Dubai for sustainable transport strategies, Best Educator Award (2010) from ITP Middle East, ‘Gold medal for Best Case Study’ from IIIE in 2010 and, the prestigious A*Star Fellowship (2006) Singapore, MHRD Fellowship (2003) India, University Rank (2000) and College First Rank (1997-2000) India.

Dr Sundarakani has previously served with the editorial board of Journal of Advances in Management Research, Emerald and also with the International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, Inderscience. He also serves as a regular reviewer for the EJOR, IJPR, IJPE, JAMR and SCM Journals. He is a member of the AIB (USA), ORSI (India), POMS (USA), EuROMA (UK) and INFORMS (USA). Currently he is on the “Supply Chain Asia’s” Executive Committee member in Singapore and the Executive Board member for SCLG Middle East in Dubai.

Dr Sundarakani is teaching students on both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has been very successful in teaching the quantitative and modelling subjects with deep critical analysis and high level of academic engagement using relevant logistics industry cases and live demonstrations. The student’s evaluation of his teaching has been consistently very high and many students have admired his style of teaching in their feedback form. He was awarded ‘Highly commended’ Teaching Excellence Award from UOWD in 2015, nominee of (UOW Australia) Vice-Chancellors Award for Continuous Contribution to Teaching and Learning in 2016.    

Journal publications include:

1. Younis, H., Sundarakani, B. and Vel, P., (2016) The impact of implementing green supply chain management practices on corporate performance, Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal, Emerald Publications, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp.216 – 245.

2. Sundarakani, B., Sikdar, A and Balasubramanian, S., (2014) System dynamics based modeling and analysis of greening the construction industry supply chain, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp.517–537.

3. Hosie, P., Sundarakani, B. and Tan, A.W.K., Aleksandra Kozlak (2012), Determinants of fifth party logistics (5PL) service providers for supply chain management, International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp.287-316

4. De Souza, R., Mark Goh, Sundarakani, B., Wong T, W., Wu Yong, Keith Toh, (2011) Return on Investment Calculator for RFID Ecosystem of High Tech Company, Computers In Industry: An International Journal, Elsevier Science, Vol 62, Issues 8-9, pp. 820-829.

5. Sundarakani, B., R. De Souza, M. Goh, Wagner, S and Manikandan, S. (2010), Modelling Carbon Footprints across the Supply Chain, International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier Science, Vol. 128, pp. 43–50

Conference publications include:

1. Al Seyagh, N. and Sundarakani, B., (2016), Developing a framework for the Diversification Mechanism and Financial Liquidity of the Construction Firms in the UAE, 42nd Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy, Vienna University of Economics and Business, December 2-4, 2016

2. Sundarakani, B., (2016), Designing A Framework And Research Model For The Logistics Service Providers Innovation And Adoption, 21st ISL, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 3 – 6th July 2016, Published in the proceedings of 21st International Symposium on Logistics, ISBN: 13 9780853583172

3. Sundarakani, B. (2015), 'How would a proactive supply chain alignment prevent diabesity', POMS 26th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2015, https://www.pomsmeetings.org/ConfProceedings/060/Index.htm

4. Behzadi, G. and Sundarakani, B., (2014), Practical ABC intelligence solution for Quadratic Assignment, 4th International conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM), Bali, Indonesia, Jan 7-9, 2014 (Fetched best paper award)

5. Sundarakani, S., Sikdar, A, Subramaminam, S. and Wagner, (2011), Greening the Construction Industry Supply Chain Using System Dynamics Approach, EUROMA 2011 conference, July 3-6, Cambridge University, UK., Published in the conference proceedings

Book Chapters Include:

1. Balasubramanian, S. and Sundarakani, B., (2016), Assessing the Green Supply Chain Ecosystem of Construction Industry Supply Chain in the UAE, Book title: Green Supply Chain Management for Sustainable Business Practice, chapter 4, pp.83-108 Book eds., Mehmood Khan, IGI Global, USA, ISBN 9781522506362

2. Manikandan, S. and Sundarakani, B., (2015) Ranbaxy’s Market Entry Strategy: An Indian Pharmaceutical Industry In United Arab Emirates, appeared in the text book of “Strategic Marketing: Creating Competitive Advantage” by Doug West, John Ford and Essam Ibrahim to be published by Oxford University Press, 3rd Edition., USA, ISBN: 9780199556601

3. Sundarakani, S., De Souza, R. and Goh, M., (2012), A Case Study of Singapore’s Automotive Supply Chain: Preliminary Analysis and Findings, Book Title: Cases on Supply Chain and Distribution Management: Issues and Principles, Book eds, Garg, M and Gupta, S., M. IGI Global, USA, pp. 200-253.

4. Hussein, M and Sundarakani, B. (2011), Using Information Technology for more Effective Supply Chain Management: Insights from the UAE, Standard Chartered Book on Maximising Business Opportunities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, PPP Publishers, Hong Kong, Edited by Kerry. N., pp.191-198

5. Sundarakani, B., de Souza, R., Goh, M., van Over, D. and Manikandan, S. (2010), Sustainable Supply Chain in Globally Integrated Networks, Springer Book “Enterprise Networks and Logistics for Agile Manufacturing” Lihui Wang and S. C. Lenny Koh, ISBN: 978-1-84996-243-8,  pp. 191-205

Dr Kathy Ning Shen

Associate Professor

Dr Shen’s primary research interests are in human-computer interaction, virtual communities, online consumer behaviour and knowledge management. Her research has been funded by the Emirates Foundation and National Research Foundation.

Qualifications: BSc, MSc, Peking University, MPhil, PhD, City University of Hong Kong

Location: Block 15, Floor 2, Room 2-26

Telephone:  +971 4 2781953

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):KathyShen

 
Dr Kathy Ning Shen is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She obtained her Master of Philosophy and PhD degrees in Information Systems from City University of Hong Kong, and her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Information Management from Peking University in China. Prior to joining UOWD, she was an Assistant Professor and the Chairperson of Management Information System Department at Abu Dhabi University.  
 
Her teaching style is quite flexible in pedagogical methods in order to accommodate different levels of students, ranging from undergraduate students to doctoral level students, and students with different knowledge backgrounds. She brings her rich research and industrial experiences to the classroom and always encourages students to be creative and critical. 
 
Her main research areas include digital marketing, human-computer interaction, IT adoption, and knowledge management. She has published more than 70 refereed journals and conference articles and her work has appeared in top refereed journals such as Information & Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Communications of the ACM, Behaviour and Information Technology, and top conferences in the field, e.g., International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) and Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS). Currently she is serving as Senior Editor for Information Systems Journal, one of top journals in information systems field and as Guest Editors for several special issues.  
 
Her research has been funded by Emirates Foundation, National Research Foundation and UOWD Research Grant, and Educational Strategies Development Fund (ESDF) at University of Wollongong in Australia. Her current research and consulting interest is using big data for business analytics.
 

Dr Mona Mustafa

Associate Professor

Dr Mustafa is a human resource management specialist with several years international experience in education and training. Her research interests include work-life boundaries, shift work, managing expatriates and teleworking.

Qualifications: MA, University of Hertfordshire, PhD, University of London

Location: Block 15, Floor 1, Room 1-15

Telephone: +971 4 2781960

Email: (@uowdubai.ac.ae):MonaMustafa

Dr Mona Mustafa is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She obtained her PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of London, a Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from the University of Hertfordshire, UK and a postgraduate certificate in teaching in higher education from the University of London. Dr Mustafa was also awarded the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health qualification from the UK.

Dr Mustafa teaches subjects such as organisation behaviour, performance management and workplace health and safety. She was selected by the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations agency, to participate in training courses in the area of occupational health and safety.

She worked in London for 11 years in the field of education and training. Before joining UOWD, she worked in the UK for leading British universities including the University of London, Cass Business School, City University, and the European Business School. Dr Mustafa is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Her research interests are in the areas of work-life boundaries, shift work, managing expatriates and teleworking.

She has published in A- ranked journals. Her recent journal and conference publications include:

  • Mustafa, M & Gold, G. (2013) ‘Client colonization, time management and the anxieties of connected freelancers’, New Technology Work and Employment, vol. 28, no. 3, pp, 197-211.
  • Mustafa, M & Gold, G. (2012) ‘Chained to my work? Strategies to manage temporal and physical boundaries among self-employed teleworkers.’  Human Resource Management Journal, vol. 23, no, 4, pp, 413-429.
  • Mustafa, M (2013) ‘Affective responses and implications: Home-based workers and their relationships with family and friends.’ 29th European Group for Organisational Studies colloquium, Montreal, Canada. July 4th-6th.
  • Mustafa, M (2013) ‘The need to legitimise work: Home-based workers experiences.’ International Labour Process Conference. March 18th-20th. Rutgers, New Brunswick.
  • Mustafa, M (2012) ‘Work-life Balance or Work-life Ambivalence?’ Global Conference for Academic Research, Kuala Lumpur, June 8th-11th.

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