Dr. Ferran is a full professor of Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) at the College of Business of Governors State University. He also serves as Director of Accreditation and Assessment for the college. He has been here since 2010. Previously, he taught at Pennsylvania State University and Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2016-2017 he was a visiting professor at La Salle Barcelona (Spain). Dr. Ferran is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA). He earned his doctoral degree in Business Administration (with a major in MIS) from Boston University. Before entering academia he was a Chief Information Officer (CIO) at a major financial institution in Venezuela, a planning and financial analyst in the Venezuelan oil industry, and a manager and developer of banking and accounting applications at a software development company. His professional career started developing accounting applications for the Apple II. He earned the Venezuelan Academic Excellence Award "Antonio José de Sucre" and the “Fundación Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho" full scholarship.
Dr. Ferran has published 14 peer-reviewed articles, five peer-reviewed book chapters, and 16 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He authored a book and co-edited an academic book on Global ERP. His paper titled Videoconferencing in the field: A Heuristic Processing Modelwas published in Management Science and was cited in over 150 news outlets on the first 60 days following its publication and his conference proceeding titled Teams or Communities? Organizational structures for knowledge management has been cited in over a hundred academic articles. He has also presented at numerous national and international conferences where four of his presentations have won the Best Paper Award. He is currently the editor-in-chief of RELCASI –a journal of the AIS– and a member of the advisory board of four other international journals. He chaired the AMCIS Accounting Information System Track for seven years and the BALAS IT track for six. Dr. Ferran is Past-President of the Latin American and Caribbean Association for Information Systems (LACAIS), Past-President of the Accounting Information Systems SIG of the AIS (SIGASYS), and Unit-A Vice-President of the GSU Chapter UPI Local 4100. Dr. Ferran is also a member of the Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer Corps and a Peer Reviewer for ABET.
Dr. Ferran is the CBPA Coordinator for Assurance of Learning and Online Education. His current research interests include Technology-Mediated Knowledge Transfer (online education), Assurance of Learning (AoL), Accounting Information Systems (AIS), Knowledge Management (KM), and the Digital Divide.
Dr. Ferran has taught and given academic lectures in English and Spanish at universities in Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. He speaks English and Spanish fluently and can have a conversation in French.
Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Ferran