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Sylla, Cheickna

Contact Info
Title: Professor of Decision Sciences & MIS
Email: cheickna.sylla@njit.edu
Office: 4013 CAB
Hours: Monday 2:00 PM to 3:00 PMWednesday 11:00 AM to 12:00 NoonThursday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PMAlso by appointments.
Phone: 973-596-5691
Dept: School Of Management
Webpage: http://web.njit.edu/~sylla/

About Me

 

Dr. Cheickna Sylla is an Associate Professor of Management Science and Decision Science at the School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York. His teaching and research interests include: statistical analyses and applied operations research methods to human machine interfaces studies, project management, distribution logistics, management information systems, decision support systems, and operations management. His research publications appear in IEEE Transactions in Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, European Journal of Operations Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Control Engineering Practice, and Cost Management, International Journal of Management and Decision Making, International Journal of Information Technology and Management, International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations, International Academy of Business and Economics, and International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, etc. He published numerous articles in conference proceedings. He is a member of INFORMS, IIE, and Production & Operations Management Society. He has been involved in developing and teaching business statistics and data analysis courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels for over 20 years. He is married and has 3 children.

Education

 

Formal

• Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. 1983o State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

• M.S. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. 1980o State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

• B.S. Electromechanical Engineering, (Summa Cum Laude) 1975 o Ecole Nationale D´Ingénieurs (ENI) of Mali, Bamako.

Other Education/Special Courses/Appointments

• DSI Professional and Faculty Development program, Nov. 20 – 21, 2010

• NSF Faculty Development MIS/DSS Workshop, University of Florida August 2004

• NSF CIM and Simulation Modeling Faculty Development Workshop, University of Missouri at Rolla, May 28 – 31, 1995

• Members of Rutgers School of Management Ph.D. Program Faculty. My appointment will expire in 2012 and is renewable every 5 years based on research productivity. 

Honors & Awards

 

• Service to Institute (served each year in at least 3 major institute committees and/or task forces and at least 2SOM committees as well as many Ad-hoc committees). The partial list includes:  Winner of the 2011 NJIT Board of Overseers Service Award  Winner of the 1997 Cullimore Distinguished Service Award  Numerous other awards from CDS, EOP, NJIT Pre-college programs• Received the much coveted Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence from the NJIT Alumni Association in 2003 University Convocation.• Four-time SOM nominee to receive a Teaching Excellence Award in: AY 1991 – 1992, for Graduate Instruction, AY 1996 – 1997, for Upper Division Instruction, AY 1998 – 1999, for Upper Division Instruction, and AY 2006 – 2007, for Outstanding Professional Development in Teaching by Tenured Faculty. 

 

 

 


Courses I Teach

BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS
DEC SUPPORT SYS FOR MNGRS
MANAGERIAL SCIENCE

Courses Taught

 

• Management Science, • Operations Management• Project Management • Decision Analysis • Business Statistics• Business Research Methods• Decision Support Systems• Data Mining and Analysis• Knowledge Management • Systems Analysis & Design Methods• Management Information Systems• Forecasting and Regression Models• Production Planning and Control Methods• and Special Topics in Operations• Project Management. 


Research Interests

 

Focus on the modeling, analysis, and evaluation of human-machine systems in business organizations and their intersecting impacts using quantitative management tools in five related areas:

• Socio-technical Systems in Economics and Business• Modeling and Analysis of Information Systems• Human Factors in Human/Machine Systems• Water Resources & Energy Management• Supply-Chain Management 


Publications & Projects

 

 Research Supervisions Was a committee member in the following Ph.D. dissertations:

• Mojisola Otegbeye, “The Floating Contract between Risk-Averse Supply Chain Partners in a Volatile Commodity Price Environment,” May 2010 (I was Ph.D. Committee Member; Dr. Sanchoy Das was the Director.)

• Atipol Kanchanapiboon, “Optimizing Replenishment Order Quantities in Uncoordinated Supply Chains,” May 2009 (Ph.D. Committee Member; Dr. Sanchoy Das, was the Director.)

• Edward Mahinda, “Users Perspectives in the Evaluation of Information Systems using a Web of Systems Performance,” May 2008 (Ph.D. Committee Member; Dr. Brian Whitworth was the Director.).

• Mojgan Mohtashami, “Study of Inter-organizational Collaboration in Software Development,” expected completion May 2006 (Ph.D. Committee Member, Dr. Fadi Deek, Director).

• Mahmood Youssef Mohamed, “Semantically Enhanced and Efficient Location Services for Preserving Mobile Consumer’s Privacy,” April 2005 (Ph.D. Committee Member, Dr. Nabil Adam, Rutgers University). (Please note that my name does not appear at Rutgers on the dissertation signature record.)

• Nitipong Boon-Long, “Justifying Ergonomic Investments for Continuous Ergonomics Improvement Using Activity-Based Costing and Real Options Approach,” December 2001. (Ph.D. Committee Member, Dr. One-Jang JenG was the Director.)

• Nutthapol Asadathom. ‘Scheduling in Assembly Type Job-Shops,” A Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Industrial Engineering, April 1997. (Ph.D. Committee Member; Dr. Chao Xiuli was the Director.).

Published Refereed Journal Papers • Whitworth, B. and Sylla, C., (2011). “A Social Environmental Model for Socio-Technical Performance,” European Journal of Management, International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations (accepted and in press and forthcoming).

Sylla, C., and Porchiung, B., (2010). “A Group DSS Methodology for Water Resources Projects Evaluation and Selection for Economic Development,” International Journal of Management and Decision Making, (accepted and in press and forthcoming)

• Arinze B., and Sylla C., (2011). “Conducting Research in the Cloud.” Paper accepted as invited book chapter to appear in IGI Global Disseminator of Knowledge. (accepted for publication and forthcoming).

• Mohtashami, M., Sylla, C., Im, I., and Deek, F., (2011). “A Study of Information Processing Effectiveness in Inter-organizational Collaboration for Software Development,” International Journal of Information Technology and Management, Vol. 10, N0 2-4, pp. 124 - 151

Sylla, C., Samra, M.Y., and Boon-Long, N., (2011). “A Framework for Developing an Ergonomic Programme to Reduce MSD in the Workplace,” International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, pp. 241 – 253.

• Porchiung, B. and Sylla C., (2011). “The Provision of Global Public Goods: A Game-theoretical Comparison of International Environment and Knowledge,” International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organizations, Vol. 8, No. 3-4, pp. 254 – 263

Sylla, C. Otegbeye, M. and Bolunmez, B., (2010). “A Hybrid Approach to Construction Contractor Evaluation and Selection,” International Academy of Business and Economics, Vol. 10, N0. 1, pp. 176 - 181.

• Whitworth, B., Banuls, V., Sylla, C., and Mahinda, V., (2008) “Expanding the Criteria for Evaluating Socio-Technical Software., IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, Vol. 38, pp. 777 - 790.

• Porchiung, B. and Sylla C., (2008). “The Formation of an International Environmental Agreement as a Two-stage Exclusive Cartel Formation Game with Transferable Utilities,”  International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Vol. 8, pp. 317 – 341.

Sylla, C., (2002). "Experimental Investigation of Human and Machine Vision Arrangements in Inspection Tasks, Control Engineering Practice, Vol. 10, pp. 347 - 361

Sylla, C., and Wen, J., (2002), "A Conceptual Framework for the Evaluation of Information Technology Investments." International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 24, N0s. 2/3, pp. 236 -261.

• Walsh, S., Linton, j., Boylan, R. and Sylla, C., (2002), "The Evolution of Technology Management Practice in Developing Economies: Findings from Northern China," International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 24, Nos. 2/3, 2002, pp. 311 – 329

Published Refereed Conference Papers

Sylla C. and Banuls Victor, (2011). “Purchasing Database and E-Collections for Library: A Framework for Multi Criteria Evaluation and Selection,” in Proceedings of the 10th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business –Operations & Services Management Track, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, May 20 – 30, 2010, Vol. 3, pp. 1325 – 1330.

Sylla, C., Edward, M.(2010). Performance Evaluation of Web-Based Distributed Systems for Inter-Organizational Collaboration for Software Development Wuhan, Proceedings of the 9th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business –Operations & Services Management Track, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, May 20 – 30, 2010, Vol. 3, pp. 2692 – 2700.

• Mojisola, O., Sylla, C. (2010). Seller’s Reputation Problem in Self-Enforcing Relational Contracts. Proceedings of the 9th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business –Operations & Services Management Track, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, May 20 – 30, 2010, Vol. 3, pp. 2648 – 2653.

Sylla, C., Whitworth, B., and Mahinda, E., (2009). “Economic and Non-Economic Evaluation of Information Technology Investment based on General System Theory,” Proceedings of the 5th National Conference on Computing and Information Technology, Bangkok, June 2 – 4, pp. 671 – 676.

Sylla, C., Samra, M.Y., and Boon-Long, N., (2009). “A Cost/Benefit Justification Framework to Reduce MSD in the Workplace” in Proceedings of the 8th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, May 30-31, 2009, pp. 2318 - 2325.

• Porchiung, B. and Sylla C., (2009). “The Provision of Global Public Goods: A Game Theoretical Comparison of International Environment and Knowledge,” Proceedings of the 8th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business –Operations & Services Management Track, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, May 20 – 30, 2010, May 30-31, 2009, pp. 1794-1800.

• Mohtashami, M., and Sylla, C., Im Il (2009). “Information Processing Capability and Inter-Organizational Collaboration in Software Development,” in Proceedings of the 5th National Conference on Computing and Information Technology, May 23 – 26, 2009 pp. 610 – 615. (This paper received the Award for Finalist Best Paper at the Conference.)

• Porchiung, B. and Sylla C., (2008). “The Formation of International Environmental Agreements: An Integrated Non-Cooperative Game Theory Perspective,” Proceedings of the 7th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business: Unlocking the Full Potential of Global Technology, May 31-June 1, 2008, V. 2, pp. 1938-1944

Sylla, C., and Sangaré, Adama., (2007). “Framework for Managing Global Supply Chain Risks,” Proceeding of the 6th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, CD, pp. 2995-3001.

• Mahinda, E., Whitworth, B., Sylla, C., (2006). “Using Web of System Performance Dimensions for the Evaluation of Social-Technical Systems,” Proceedings of the 5th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, Vol. 2, pp. 332 -340.

• Whitworth, B., Sylla, C., and Whitworth, E., (2006). “Assessing Emergent Business IT Using the Web of System Performance,” Proceedings of the 5th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, Vol. 1, pp. 1 - 11.

• Otegbeye. M. and Sylla, C., (2006). “A Fuzzy-based Decision Support System for Construction Contractors Evaluation and Selection” Proceedings of the 5th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, Vol. 3, pp. 2165 – 2172.

Sylla, C. and Bolunmez, B., (2005). “DSS for Pre-qualification Analysis of Construction Contractors, Proceeding of the 4th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, pp. 379 – 388.

• Mohtashami, M., Sylla, C., Deek, F. and Il, Im. (2005). ‘Inter-organizational collaboration in software development’, 36th Annual Meeting of Decision Science Institute, 19–22 November, San Francisco, pp.18811–18817.

• Mojgan, Mohtashami, Sylla, C. and Deek F., (2005). “A Study of Inter-organizational Collaboration in Software Development,” Proceedings of the 4th Wuhan International Conference on E-Business, pp. 300 – 310.

Sylla, C. and Yassir M Samra, (2004). “Evaluating the Environmental Costs of Manufacturing: The Industrial Manager’s Perspectives in the New Millennium,” Proceedings of the 2004th International Conference on Global Business and Technology Association, Cape Town, South Africa, June 8, 2004, on CD, pp. 201 – 210.

Sylla, C., (2004). “A Group DSS Methodology for Water Resources Project Evaluation and Selection for Economic Development,” Proceedings of the 2004th International Conference on Global Business and Technology Association, Cape Town, South Africa, June 8, 2004, pp. 756 – 761.

Sylla, C. and Philip, T., (2003). “Framework for Supply Network in the Extended Enterprise,” 2003 Global Business and Technology Association, Rome, in Proceeding CD.

Sylla, C. Chinnaraju, A. and Munuswamy. M., (2002). “Employee Turnover Intention in IT Industry,” 2002 International Business and Economic Research Conference, Las Vegas, pp. 203 – 209.