Nannette Napier
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Dr. Nannette Napier

Associate Dean for School of Business, Professor of Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences

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Dr. Nannette Napier's philosophy on teaching focuses on the joint-responsibilities that teachers and students have for creating a learning environment. Key values: 1) Teachers should actively engage students in the classroom discussion. 2) Teachers should make connections between course material and "the real world." 3) Students must prepare for and participate in class.

Napier engages in action research that addresses challenges of software development firms such as effectively managing software projects, creating and managing software requirements and using agile development methodologies. Napier's research has been published in several journals, including IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Information Systems Journal, and Software Process: Improvement and Practice. Her research has also been presented at national and international conferences, including International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), America's Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) and Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

Napier is a member of the Association for Information Systems. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked professionally as a senior software engineer for 8 years. She is active in technology pipeline initiatives at GGC focused on recruiting and retaining students in IT-related careers.


  • Doctorate – computer information systems – Georgia State University
  • Bachelor's – computer science – Spelman College
  • Bachelor's – computer engineering – Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Interests

  • Software development
  • Project management
  • Information systems
  • Requirements engineering

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