Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
May 09 2006

Cu Professor Co-Authors Textbook Chapter on Management

Athens, W.Va. - Concord University Assistant Professor of Business, Dr. Christopher Ziemnowicz, recently co-authored a chapter in the textbook, “IT-Enabled Strategic Management: Increasing Returns for the Organization,” edited by Bruce Walters and Zaiyong Tang of Louisiana State University.

Ziemnowicz met the opportunity with excitement. “Once I received the offer to propose a chapter for this book, I thought it would be possible to consolidate a number of my interests and research projects that I had done in this area,” Ziemnowicz said. “These were materials that I had used in class, as well as several articles that were presented at professional conferences.”

He co-wrote Chapter 14 of the book, entitled: “Information and Communication Technology-Enabled Economic Growth and Convergence: Examples from the EU’s Central and Southeastern European Members,” with Dr. Elias G. Carayannis, professor of management science at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“I sought to strengthen the chapter by calling upon a colleague at GWU. Working as a team helps to improve the product,” Ziemnowicz said.

The chapter deals with the potential for governments to use technological advances for economic growth. It is described in the preface of the book in this way: “[Chapter 14] present[s] a global perspective of how information and communication technology (ICT) can enable economic growth and convergence. The authors use examples from the European Union’s Central and Southeastern European members, and argue that ICT provides opportunities for governments to transform themselves as well as the way they provide products and services to individuals.”

According to Ziemnowicz, the process for writing a textbook chapter involved detailed research, many edits and dedication.

“In short, this was a long process! It required massive amounts of work and research. The experience gained from this effort was well worth it -- at the end of the process!” Ziemnowicz emphasized.

Ziemnowicz and Carayannis’s work “made the first cut for inclusion in the book.”

Concord provided a benefit to Ziemnowicz in this experience, and he said this experience would help him in his future teaching.

“My experience at Concord played an important role in contributing to the material in the chapter. First, through the experience gained in preparation of course material, in particular for the strategic management and international business classes. Secondly, it built on my professional development activities that required original research to present articles and other publications. It represents a scholarly product beyond the regular class activities. Developing a chapter for a book actually helps in strengthening the teaching experience for the student. As an author, one has to take the learning side of the equation as an element more important than the teaching side,” said Ziemnowicz.

The textbook is published by Idea Group Publishing, http://www.idea-group.com/books/details.asp?id=5598.

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PHOTO: Associate Professor of Business, Christopher H. Ziemnowicz, B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a junior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.

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