Heikki Topi’s Biographical Sketch


Biographical Sketch

Dr. Heikki Topi is Professor of CIS at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He earned his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems at Indiana University Graduate School of Business in 1995, his M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration (with a major in Information Systems) at Helsinki School of Economics in 1991, and his M.Th. at University of Helsinki in 1988. In 2006-7 he served as the Chair of the CIS Department and in 2007-11 as Associate Dean of Business for Graduate and Executive Programs.

His teaching interests cover a range of topics including advanced systems analysis and design, systems modeling, data management, and IT infrastructure. His current research focuses on human factors and usability issues in the context of enterprise systems, information search and data management, and the effects of time availability on human-computer interaction. His research has been published in journals such as European Journal of Information Systems, JASIST, Information Processing & Management, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Journal of Database Management, Small Group Research, and others. Overall, he has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. He is one of the co-authors of Modern Database Management and a co-editor of IS Management Handbook.

He has been actively involved in national computing curriculum development and evaluation efforts (including IS 2002, CC2005 Overview Report, and as a task force co-chair of IS 2010, the latest IS curriculum revision) since early 2000s. He has served on ACM’s Education Board since Spring 2006 and represented first AIS and then ACM on CSAB’s Board since 2005. Most recently, he was one of the members of the task force that facilitate the creation of the Partnership for Advancing Computing Education (PACE).