Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise
- The impact of technology on society
- Technological change and globalization and their impact on organizations, economies, and society in general
- Science and technology policies
- The digital divide
Professional Background Highlights
Rasool Azari is associate professor in the School of Business at University of Redlands (1997-present) and previous associate chair of the department of management and business.
Before joining University of Redlands he had four years of teaching experience at George Washington University and over 12 years of experience as project manager, design engineer and research associate working in interdisciplinary multinational corporations in Germany and the USA (General Electric Medical Systems, Technical University of Berlin, Litton Guidance and Control, and MTS Gmbh). He has been a consultant and business reviewer of proposals submitted for funding to the Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Advanced Technology Programs (ATP).
He holds a Doctor of Science in engineering management and MBA in International Business from George Washington University, and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from UCLA. He has numerous publications on the impact of socioeconomic factors on technological change/digital divide.
Courses Taught at Redlands
- BUAD 480 Integrated Seminar
- BUS 458 Quantitative Analysis
- BUAD 470 Managing Quality and Operations
- BSB 370 Managing Quality and Operations
- MGMT 650 Management Science and Decision Analysis
Education and Degrees Held
- Doctor of Science in Engineering Management, May 1996, George Washington University (GWU)
- MBA in International Business, May 1991, George Washington University
- Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) 1977, UCLA
- Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEE) 1975, California State University Sacramento (CSUS)
- Graduate Student of International Affairs (IA) 1987-88, California State University Sacramento
- Graduate Student of Political Science and Economy 1979-1981, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany
Previous Teaching Experience
The George Washington University, September 1992 - August 1996
Department of Engineering Management Lecturer. Taught graduate courses in management and management of organizations--concepts, practices, and skills. Taught courses in quantitative methods, introduction to probability and statistics.
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Pars Dentists International Co., May 1991 - September 1992
Consultant. Involved in transfer of medical technology to a Middle Eastern medical firm. March 1987-December 1989 Khazar Pak Inc. Consultant. Analyzed the political, financial, business, and geographical environments for the establishment of a multi-product-line detergent factory in the Middle East.
- General Electric Medical Systems Operations, Rancho Cordova, California, Advanced Design Section, September 1985 - March 1987
Design and Project Engineer. Designed the graphic controller for an ultrasound imaging controller. Writing specifications for the graphic system. Supervision of engineers and technicians. Coordination within marketing and engineering.
- Technical University, Berlin, West Germany, Department of Computer Science, February 1983 - September 1985
Research Associate. Worked on the conceptual study of the architecture and floating point processor of a multiprocessor system.
- Litton Guidance & Control Systems, Woodland Hills, California, October 1981 - October 1982
Project Engineer. Worked closely with design engineers and manufacturing division to develop and define the design and construction requirements of the test station; planning, organizing, supervision, work scheduling, cost controls, and system delivery. Responsible for the weekly written progress report of 30 engineers and technicians to the Vice President of engineering.
- MTS-System, Berlin, Germany, January 1978 - April 1981
Project Engineer. Supervised engineers and technicians for the digital and analog part of the systems; customer service; coordination with purchasing and manufacturing divisions, and preparation of detailed proposals to customers; liaison between customers, engineers, manufacturing, and marketing.
Major Awards, Honors and Grants Received
- Nominated for an Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007)
- Recipient of Faculty Research Grant, University of Redlands (2007, 2005, 2002, 2001, and 1998)
- Recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award in Service, University of Redlands, May 2000
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship, George Washington University (1992- 1996)
- Tuition Fellowship Award, George Washington University (1995-1996)
- Recipient of the 1988 Award of the World Affairs Council of Northern California
Significant Publications, Presentations and Panels
Pick, James and Rasool Azari. “A Global Model of Technological Utilization Based on Governmental, Business Investment, Social, and Economic Factors.” Submitted for publication to the special issue of the Journal of Management Information Systems, fall 2010. Currently under review.
Rasool Azari and Pick, James B. “Understanding Global Digital Inequality: The Impact of Socioeconomic Factors, Government and Business Sectors on Technology Use.” Presented and published in the refereed proceedings of The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) at University of Hawii in Manoa, January 2009.
Pick, James B. and Rasool Azari. “Global Digital Divide: Influence of Socioeconomic, Governmental and Accessibility Factors on Information Technology,” Information Technology for Development, Spring 2008, Vol.14, N 2, p. 91-115.
Azari, Rasool and James Pick. “Technology and Society: Socioeconomic Influences on Technological Sectors for United States Counties,” published in the International Journal of Information Management, 25 (February 2005) 21-37, ELSEVIER. Available online at www.sciencedirect.com.
Azari, Rasool; James Pick. “Socioeconomic Influence on Information Technology: The Case of California,” in Quigley, M. Information Security and Ethics: Social and Organizational Issues, pp. 48-72, Idea Group Publishing, Fall 2004.
Pick, James; Rasool Azari. “Economic and Social Correlates of Information and Communication Technologies(ICT): an International Perspective,” published and presented in the refereed Proceedings of the DSI Conference in Washington, D.C. December 2003.
Azari, Rasool; James Pick. “Technological Change in the Information Age: A Socioeconomic Framework of High-tech States in the United States. In ”Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations, May 2002, Vol. 1, pp. 49-52, Idea Group Publishing. It was presented in the 2002 Information Resources Management Association International (IRMA) Conference in Seattle, Washington, May 2002.
Azari, Rasool; James Pick. “The Influence of Socioeconomic Factors on Technological Change: The Case of High-Tech States in the U.S.” Published in the book, Current Security Management & Ethical Issues of Information Technology, published by Idea Group Publishing (spring 2003).
Azari, Rasool; James Pick. “The Digital Divide: Socioeconomic Influences on Technological Sectors for United States Counties.” It is published in the refereed proceedings of the DSI 2002 Annual Meeting and was presented in San Diego, November 2002.
Azari, Rasool, Lan Xue. “Variations in the Utilization of Medical Technology as Influenced by Socioeconomic Factors in the Case of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),” The International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management (a special issue of the International Journal of Technology Management), Vol. 2, Nos. 1-4, 2000, London, England.
Azari, R. et al.. (2003). In Azari, Rasool (Ed.), Current Security Management & Ethical Issues of Information Technology Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.
Intellectual Activities in the Larger Academic Community
- Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Idea Group Inc/INFOSCI/IRM Press., publisher of innovative scholarly and professional information technology titles in the cyberage, 2005-2008
- Manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Information Technology for Development 2007
- Reviewed seven manuscripts on IT and Supply Chain Management for IRMA proceedings of 2007
- Track Chair for the IT and Supply Chain Management of the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) 2007 Conference in Vancouver Canada
- Track Chair for the IT and Supply Chain Management of the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) 2006 Conference in Washington, D.C.
- Reviewed 4 manuscripts on IT and Supply Chain Management for IRMA proceedings of 2006
- Track Chair for the IT and Supply Chain Management of the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) 2005 Conference in San Diego
- Member of the Program Committee of the 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 International Resources Management Association (IRMA) Conference in Seattle, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, and San Diego (Local Co-chair)
- Track Chair and the session chair for the IT and Technology Management of the 11th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS) in Las Vegas (February 2004)
- Manuscript reviewer for the Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) 2004 Conference in New Orleans
- Session chair for the “Social Responsibility in the Information Age and Ethical Issues of IS” of the 2002 and 2003 Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) International Conference in Seattle, Washington, May 2002 and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 2003
- Track Chair for the Quality Management of the 9th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS) in Las Vegas (February 2002)
- Chaired two sessions, “The Process of Managing Change and Quality” and “Quality Management and Workplace Issues” of the 8th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS) in Las Vegas (February 2002)
- Manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Management Education. Reviewed article, entitled “International Supply Chain Management Training Exercises,” August 2001
- Business Reviewer of Proposals Submitted for funding to the Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Advanced Technology Programs (ATP), Gaithersburg, Maryland, 1995-2001
- Chaired two sessions, “Issues in Economic Development” and “Exchange Rates” of the 76th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) in San Francisco, July 2001
- Chaired two sessions, “Online Education Issues at Home and Abroad” and “Customer Satisfaction in the 21st Century” of the 8th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS) in Las Vegas (February 2001)
- Track Chair for the Quality Management of the 8th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences (ASBBS) in Las Vegas (February 2001)
- As a member of School of Business Steering Committee Participated in the AACSB Conference—The International Association for Management Education’s 2000 Annual Meeting, April 9-11, 2000 in San Diego. The Theme of this year’s meeting was “Business School and Corporations: Closing the Gap”
- Served as a discussant in the session of the International Trade of the 74th Annual Meeting of the Western Economic Association International (July 1999)
- Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)
- Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science (INFORMS)
- Member of Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) skills.