Mark Somers, Ph.D., was recently appointed dean of the School of Management (SOM) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Somers, who has served as the acting dean since September of 2000, wants to push the school to the forefront in this region by offering courses in leading-edge technology for business executives.
The school offers technologically focused academic programs geared to helping students learn to manage the changing digital economy. Key courses emphasize business intelligence systems, e-business systems and strategies as well as the management of knowledge.
“I see the School of Management as uniquely positioned to meet the growing demand for business leaders who have the skills to leverage technology to meet strategic objectives,” said Somers. “We face the challenge of developing innovative academic programs supported by leading-edge research. The successful people and organizations of tomorrow will invent the future, and technology will be central to their efforts. It is very exciting to be involved in that process.”
As acting dean, Somers has been proactive in all aspects of SOM, including curriculum development and the creation of new programs for MBA candidates, the accreditation process of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and enhancing distance education courses. His accomplishments include leading a redesign of the school's curricula; launching a European MBA in St. Etienne, France, and adding new faculty in management information sciences and business intelligence systems.
Somers joined NJIT in 1986 as a special lecturer in the department of organizational and social sciences and subsequently rose through the ranks in SOM. Somers received his doctorate in business with a specialization in organizational behavior from the City University of New York. He holds a master’s of business administration (MBA) in organizational psychology from Baruch College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University. Somers has made significant contributions in the fields of work redesign and commitment processes in organizations.