Hi, I’m Wilfred W. Wu and am an Assistant Professor in the Operations & Technology Management department at the Pamplin School of Business. I’m a big advocate of the importance of technology in today’s business environment. This probably comes from both my educational and work experiences:
As an undergrad at the University of Illinois, I could see the importance of technology as the start of the Internet age that we live in today was being shaped by some of my fellow classmates. In fact, a couple of them would leave school early to successfully found some early Internet Portal firms (if only I had listened to them a bit more closely).
My work experiences further reinforced the importance of technology in business. Though I worked in the financial and operations departments of Time-Warner & Viacom in New York City, technology always played a significant role in the work I did. Whether this was helping with the merger of Time-Warner with Turner Systems (CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, etc.) or exploring the implementation of video-on-demand for Viacom, technology was always the driving force behind the business decisions I encountered.
I could see that no matter what department you were in whether it was Finance, Marketing or Accounting, technology was what linked these businesses together. This eventually led me to get a Doctorate in Management Information Systems (MIS).
I’m currently a member of both SIM (Society for Information Management); which is a professional organization of technology executives and CIO’s; and PMI (Project Management Institute) which is comprised of project management professionals. I have served as a Board Member of SIM helping them raise over $150k scholarships for students at UP, OSU, and WSUV. I am also a member of academic organizations including the Academy of Management and the Association for Information Systems.
I’m also a fan of comic pop culture and am enjoying the comic-book movie renaissance that is currently occurring. I’ve collected comic books as a kid and try to find the time to read an occasional comic book.
One piece of advice I would give students is to be open minded to all the diverse ideas and experiences you will have in college. You do not necessarily have to believe in everything you will encounter, but take some time to consider these views. As Henry Ford states: If there is any one secret of success, it lies at the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.