Quality systems, information systems, small business, egovernment, web, security
Fernando Parra is a Ph.D Candidate in International Business and Information Systems at the University of Texas who holds a Masters of Information Technology and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems, both from UTEP. He has served in different capacities both in the private and public sectors, including El Paso County, EPISD, The World Trade Center El Paso/Juarez and Walt Disney World. He has played a key role in supporting small businesses with solutions ranging from records management to CRM in the medical, retail and legal industries. Fernando has served in several honorary boards, including the Association of Information Technology Professionals (Advisor 2011-Present), Information Systems Doctoral Student Association (Secretary 2012-Present), El Paso County Civil Service Commission (Commissioner 2006-2008), City of El Paso's IT Advisory Board (Member 2003-2006), and EPISD’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (Member 2003-2006). Fernando’s research interests include Information Systems Adoption, Strategy, Sourcing, Security, Social Media and Organizational Behavior. He has been awarded Best Student Paper at the International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB) Conference San Francisco 2011 for his paper On a Firm's Core Competency through Information Systems: A Meta-Analysis. He serves as Editorial Review Board Member of the International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in Information Technology (2011-Present); and he has served as co-chair of the AMCIS 2012 strategy in security systems mini-track.