Dr. Mohan Rao Associate Professor
"With the growing importance of data analytics and data-driven decision-making, the MBA is becoming more and more valuable for today's professionals."
- Ph.D. in Business Administration/Management Science – The University of Alabama, 1988
- M.S. in Management Sciences – University of Waterloo, 1983
- M.S. in Chemical Plant Engineering – National Institutes of Technology (India), 1976
- B.S. in Chemical Engineering – Osmania University, 1974
- Teach operations management and data analytics
- Led the MIS team in developing the data analytics program and integrating SAP into business curriculum
- Over 70 refereed journal articles and conference proceedings published in top journals such as the International Journal of Production Economics, Management Science, and the International Journal of Operations & Production Management
- Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM)
- Member of the Decision Sciences Institute for over 25 years
- President and Program Chair, SouthWest Decision Sciences Institute
- Faculty advisor to a Gracie Award winner, 2001
- Faculty advisor to two Gracie Award-winning teams, 2000
- Winner of the Southeast INFORMS® Best Paper Award for Educational Innovation
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In which online program(s) do you teach?
Which class(es) do you teach online?
OPSY 5315: Operations Management and MISY 5355: Business Intelligence & Analytics
Why did you start teaching?
At first, I was very reluctant to teach Operations Management online because it is a quantitative course, and most students find it challenging, but I had no choice. Pretty soon, I realized that online education is the future. It took a couple of semesters to make the course better and enjoy teaching it.
What's the value of an MBA for today's professionals?
When I was an engineering student, I was cocky and used to wonder what the business students were learning, if anything, because there were so many business people without any college degrees. I realized the importance of an MBA when I took the Operations Research course during my graduate chemical engineering program. I understood the importance of quantitative decision-making in organizations. That's when I decided to change my field and pursue an MBA.
My industry experience reinforced my interest to study management. So, I ended up getting a Ph.D. and teaching MBA students. With the growing importance of data analytics and data-driven decision-making, an MBA is becoming more and more valuable for today's professionals.
What's the best advice you could give your students?
Do not underestimate the value of an online MBA degree and do not underestimate how much work you have to put in to excel in my courses.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in business or management?
Care about people and focus on process. Learn the concepts of the Balanced Scorecard and the triple bottom line (TBL) and implement them if possible.
How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?
Online learning is the future of education. Educational institutions are slowly coming to that realization. They need to spend more time, money and effort in making online education more effective.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution” by Hammer and Champy
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I make my course relevant with real-world examples from my own industry experience. My students tell me that they learned a lot in my course and used what they were learning in class at work. They tell me that my lecture videos are extremely useful. They also know that I am just an email away when they need help. I respond promptly, even during evenings and weekends.