My name is Naveen Gudigantala and I am an Assistant Professor in the Pamplin School of Business. After completing my bachelor’s degree and MBA in India, I worked at a local retail bank and became fascinated with how technology was used to streamline business and to make it convenient for customers. I came to the U.S. and earned an M.S. degree and Ph.D., both in Information Systems,
before joining UP in 2009. My primary research focus is on issues concerning the design and adoption of web-based decision support systems. My secondary interests include consumer online information search behavior, systems analysis and design, and information systems security.
Through my classes on decision modeling, systems analysis and design, introduction to information systems, and database management systems, I train my students to use concepts, data, models, and tools to develop or use information systems to improve organizational processes and to make better decisions.
That is why I love teaching in the Operations and Technology Management (OTM) area because the science of OTM and the skills we impart can make tangible impact on business operations.
It is a great feeling to nurture students and see them become not only competent and confident individuals but also compassionate people who do great things in their careers.
I’m a member of Portland’s Society for Information Management (SIM). The SIM chapter organizes monthly meetings, which are great avenues for students to network. In addition, the OTM related events – EAB (Executive Advisory Board) meetings, Meet & Greet, UPOMA (UP Operations Management Association) meetings, SIM industry tour – serve as useful networking spaces. Also, students can attend the local meetings of PMI and APICS. Please come by or email me for more information.
The advice I like to share with my students is that it is important to put into practice what they learn, work on relationships with faculty and mentors, and not be afraid to experiment. If I could, I would tell my 20-year-old self, “No matter how smart you think you are (or not), nothing beats hard work in the long run. Try to set impossible goals because it is not the goals that matter, but the effort and the journey to achieve them that does!”