• New Faculty Profile: Arnold Kamis


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Arnold Kamis teaches Information Management for Competitive Advantage, a core course for MBA students. “One of the themes of the course is getting three key factors aligned: business strategy, information technology, and a crucial third piece, often overlooked, the people: the user or employee or customer. When you get all those factors aligned, which isn’t easy to do, you make better business decisions.”

Kamis and his students discuss Harvard business cases and opportunities in the latest technologies, including “Web 2.0” developments like FaceBook, YouTube and Second Life. Yet he cautions against being hypnotized by the latest fashions. “Technology is moving quickly and business models keep changing. People get stuck with fascination about the next new technology that they think can solve all their problems, the silver bullet that will slay the werewolf. But, again, it’s not only the three factors that matter; it’s the alignment among them, and business strategy should come first.

A computer science graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Kamis has worked as a software engineer and programmer/analyst. He turned to teaching at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he earned his PhD in information systems. “I find teaching very personally fulfilling, especially when the class goes really well; there’s nothing like that feeling. I also like the research side of academia, which is applying theory and the latest methods, and knowing what researchers have done, and contributing to the literature some new findings. It all fits together for me, the teaching side and the research side.”

Kamis is impressed with his students at Suffolk. “Suffolk students are excellent in their analytical abilities, professionalism, maturity, and motivation. Many of the students have real-world jobs. I welcome their real-world experience into the classroom. It keeps the learning fresh and relevant for all of us.” He considers teaching a deep commitment. “I will help my students in any way I can. Consequently, the atmosphere in my class is very positive and interactive. Yet I am rigorous at the same time. I do ask challenging questions and encourage independent thinking and thoughtful analysis. If you want to learn and you’re engaged and willing to work, you’re going to get a positive experience in my class.”

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Arnold Kamis
Associate Professor 
Information System
and Operations Management