Editor-in-Chief of seven IGI Global journals

Interview with Dr. John Wang, 2016 InfoSci®-Journals Distinguished Fellowship Honoree

By IGI Global on Jan 11, 2017
IGI Global Awards The 2016 InfoSci®-Journals Distinguished Fellowship To Dr. John Wang Dr. John Wang is a professor in the Department of Information & Operations Management at Montclair State University, USA. He is also Editor in Chief of seven IGI Global journals:

International Journal of Business Analytics (IJBAN)
International Journal of Knowledge-Based Organizations (IJKBO)
International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM)
International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change (IJISSC)
International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems (IJORIS)
International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector (IJISSS)
International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (IJISSCM)

Dr. Wang was recently selected for IGI Global’s 2016 InfoSci®-Journals Distinguished Fellowship Award. In order to qualify for this honor, an Editor-in-Chief must exhibit a record of success in raising citation, visibility, and scholarship of their journal. They must also secure an adequate quantity of submissions from leading authors and publish each journal issue on a timely basis. The fellowship honors exceptional work in gaining journal recognition in top indices. Dr. John Wang recently took some time to speak with IGI Global about his journals, continuing research, and career.
Tell us about your area of study and expertise. How long have you been involved in the field of Information & Operations Management?

I have been involved in the field of Information & Operations Management since I pursued my MS in Systems Engineering. I completed my Ph.D. in Operations Research (OR). As a brand new interdisciplinary area, OR was born during World War II and continually evolved, penetrating into many areas. It has so many variants, such as MS (Management Science), SE (System Engineering), IE (Industrial Engineering), QM (Quantitative Management), OM (Operations Management), PM (Production Management), POM (Production/Operations Management), EM (Engineering Management), FE (Financial Engineering), ME (Marketing Engineering), RS (Rocket Science), SM (Services Management), OS (Optimization Science), and SB (Science of Better).

What does journal Editorship mean to you? Why do you choose to publish with IGI Global?

To me, journal editorship is not only an honor, but also a big responsibility. I should be responsible for subscribers and readers because they expect a high-quality journal and resourceful articles. I should be responsible for authors because they anticipate fast and valuable feedback. I should be responsible for reviewers because they have full-time jobs and voluntarily use their spare time.

How do you balance the tremendous responsibilities of managing several journals?

All of these journals are part of my job. I devote my free time to them because they mean so much to me, and I know they mean a lot to many others. I manage all of these journals in an endeavor to help enhance the research community, so it’s definitely worth the extra time!

How is technology influencing information management today? What are some changes we can expect in the future regarding technology implementation?

Most of my journals involve the integration of IT and optimization. Technology really influences information management in too many ways. Let me cite a brand-new example. “Go” is a highly challenging game that originated in China two or three millennia ago. As Tromp and Farnebäck proved that because each location on the board can be either empty, black, or white, there are a total of 3N possible board positions on a board with N intersections, though actual games seem never to last longer than N = 192 moves on a 19×19 board. Legal position (2.0817×10170) is far more than the observable atoms that exit in the whole universe (1080). It was reported on Jan. 4, 2017 that Google’s AlphaGo AI secretively won more than 50 straight games against the world’s top Go players. These top Go players have acknowledged that human beings are no match for robots in complex board games, and they should now start to learn from computers to explore new skills, which was sent by the ‘Go God’ to guide humans.

What findings have you found most fascinating in your research experience?

The potential of discovering the new research areas is most fascinating to me. My journey through OR, SCM (supply chain management), DM (data mining), Big Data shows there will always be a new peak to be claimed and conquered. Have you ever noticed that the new destinations may not appear on the current map of your professional journey?

Absolutely, our current maps are never updated in real time, unfortunately. Maybe that is something we can learn from the robots. Is there any message you would like to give to your readers as it pertains to your research?

As a reader, you really need to read these journal articles because they cover the update progresses in your field. As a reviewer, you could appreciate this opportunity because it is an extremely valuable experience. As an author, you should continuously improve. It’s said that Jia Dao (born 779, died 843), an ancient Chinese poet active during the Tang Dynasty of China (618-907), struggled three years for polishing a single word in one of his poetry. In a nutshell, you should be active by participating different research activities. And IGI has a big heart to help you in your success.

Dr. John Wang is a professor in the Department of Information & Operations Management at Montclair State University, USA. Having received a scholarship award, he came to the USA and completed his PhD in operations research from Temple University. Due to his extraordinary contributions beyond a tenured full professor, Dr. Wang has been honored with a special range adjustment in 2006. He has published over 100 refereed papers and seven books. He has also developed several computer software programs based on his research findings. His long-term research goal is on the synergy of operations research, data mining and cybernetics.

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Truly an inspirational Professor. He exudes passion in his research and academic front. Congratulations and best wishes. S. Vijayakumar Bharathi. PhD, Professor, Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology, Symbiosis International University, Pune India
Congratulations and many more Prof. - it is people like you who inspire/motivate researchers. Otherwise research is considered as thankless role in universities or at least less glamorous role in academics!
Neeta Baporikar1 year ago