Dr. George M. Marakas, is a Professor of Information Systems at the School of Business at the University of Kansas. Dr. Marakas received his Ph.D. from Florida International University and has previously served on the faculty at both University of Maryland and Indiana University. His teaching expertise includes Systems Analysis and Design, Technology-Assisted Decision Making, e-Commerce, Managing IS Resources, Behavioral IS Research Methods, and Data Visualization and Decision Support. In addition, he is an active researcher in the area of Systems Analysis Methods, Data Mining and Visualization, Creativity Enhancement, Conceptual Data Modeling, and Computer Self-Efficacy. He is the recipient of the Center for Teaching Excellence-Lilly Teaching Fellowship and the highly prestigious Krowe Foundation Award for Innovation Excellence in Teaching, among several other prestigious awards. His research has appeared in the top journals in his field and he is the author of several top-selling textbooks. Dr. Marakas is also an Associate Editor for Information Systems Research, a premiere academic journal in Information systems. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Marakas enjoyed a successful career as an analyst and system designer in both the banking and real estate industries. As a result, Dr. Marakas is also an active consultant to a number of organizations including: Citibank-Asia/Pacific, Nokia Corporation, United Information Systems, Federal National Mortgage Association, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. Department of Treasury, The National Institute of Drug Abuse, Burger King Corporation, Lotus Development Corporation, and British-American Tobacco, among many others. In addition, Dr. Marakas is considered a leading expert in the area of global IT strategy and travels the globe lecturing and consulting to large, multi-national corporations on IT strategy issues.