ATLANTA – Simha Magal, clinical professor of computer information systems (CIS) at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, has received the 2021 Association for Information Systems (AIS) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Information Systems (IS) Education. The award was presented to Magal on Dec. 13 at the International Conference on Information Systems conference in Austin.
The Award for Outstanding Contribution to IS Education, given annually by AIS since 2012, recognizes contributions to information systems education, curriculum development, developing new teaching tools, and the ability to inspire independent and original thinking among students.
Magal has been at the forefront of developing curricula for enterprise resource systems (ERP) for over two decades. His SAP ERP teaching case for students, Global Bike Incorporated (GBI), and the accompanying hands-on exercises have “transcended the parameters of the company and been used by more than one million students in more than 1,000 universities in more than 70 countries,” according to Karina Edmonds, senior vice president and global head of academies and university alliances at SAP.
Since joining Robinson in 2018, Magal has served as director of Robinson’s M.S. in information systems program. He has developed digital innovation curricula incorporating graduate-level business process integration and configuration, and the latest system he created will be available to other universities in spring 2022. Magal has also shared his knowledge with other instructors and institutions, reaching more than 650 IS faculty at more than 200 universities in 20 countries.
“Simha has distinguished himself through his impact on graduate and undergraduate students, his extensive contributions to global information systems education through publications and curriculum development, and the enterprise systems platforms he has developed to support courses,” said Bala Ramesh, chair of Robinson’s CIS Department.
Magal also has made tremendous contributions to the IS domain through the co-development of AIS World (formerly ISWorldNet), eventually serving as its editor from 2004-2008.
Simha Magal is the first Robinson College faculty member to receive the AIS Award for Outstanding Contribution to IS Education. He holds a doctorate from the University of Georgia.