James Burns, Ph.D.
Office Hours: By Appointment
Room Number: E306
Education: Ph.D., Purdue University (1973)
Area of Expertise: Project Management, System Dynamics, Operations Research
Dr. Burns has performed a broad range of technical assignments involving applications of systems analysis and design, information technology, operations research, simulation, and project management. These assignments range from design of information and enterprise architectures to navigation computers using Kalman filters to development of inference engines for knowledge bases. He has contributed significantly to the methodology for formulation of dynamical models and he has developed new methods for causal knowledge representation and processing.
- “Offshore Information System Development in India: How Practitioners Respond to Challenges in the Process,” (with Jeremy Bellah,, Christopher Cassidy), accepted in the Journal of Information Technology and Case Analysis Research, to appear in 2014.
- “Control Theory Concepts Applied to Retail Supply Chain: A System Dynamics Modeling Environment Study,”(with Balaji Janamanchi), accepted in the Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, to appear in 2014.
- “The Case for Comprehensive Models and Methodologies for Project Planning, Tracking and Managing,” (with Balaji Janamanchi), Global Perspective on Engineering Management, Vol. 1, Iss. 3, pp. 74-82, Nov. 2012.
- “Analysis of U.S. Electricity Generation Using Tools of System Dynamics,” (with C. Liu), International Journal of Business and Economics Perspectives, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 17-30, Winter 2011.
- “Deterministic, Path-Sensitive Heuristics for Project Earned Value Management,” (with Q. Cao), International Journal of Project Organization and Management, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-21, 2011.
- “Applications of Real Option Analysis to Vendor Selection Process in IT Outsourcing,” (with Q. Cao and V. Gu), Information Systems and Change Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 143-155, 2009.
- “Capturing and Comprehending the Behavioral/Dynamical Interactions within anERP Implementation,” (with D. Jung and J. Hoffman), Journal of Organizational and end User Computing, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 67-90, April-June 2009.
- “Simulation Studies of the Effects of Safety Stock and related Policies upon Bullwhip Oscillation in Supply Chains,” (with B. Janamanchi), International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 171-187, 2008.
- “Reducing Bullwhip Oscillation in a Supply Chain: A System Dynamics Model Based Study,” (with B. Janamanchi), International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 350-371, 2007.
- “Improved Task Estimation and Project Tracking,” (with B. Janamanchi), International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 167-190, 2007.
- “Offshoring Knowledge-worker Jobs: Boom or Burst for the US Economy?,” (with B. Janamanchi), The Icfai Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. V, No. 2, p. 20-39, March 2007.
- “Dynamics of Change Management in a Technology Project Context,” (with B. Janamanchi), International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 115-137, 2006.
- Recipient of the 2008 Favorite Professor Award by the MBA Class of May 2008.