Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 General Catalog 
2022-2023 General Catalog

Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (Graduate Program)


For information regarding the UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, click here.  

Program Overview

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems offers two graduate degree programs: the MS in Analytics and the PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in ISDS. These programs are discussed below.


Edward F. Watson III, Chair
Karen Garner, Senior Coordinator
Rudy Hirschheim, PhD ISDS Academic Advisor
Joni Shreve, MS Analytics Program Advisor
TELEPHONE 225-578-2515
FAX 225-578-2511


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: LSU Office of Graduate Admissions, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These documents are stored electronically. Departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study (see for more information).

Minor in ISDS

Students minoring in ISDS must take 12 hours of 5000-level or higher courses. At least six hours must be ISDS PhD core courses, i.e., ISDS 7950 , ISDS 7080 , ISDS 7081 .

Students with a major outside the E.J. Ourso College of Business may be required to enroll in one or more remedial courses before taking other courses in the department.

Students minoring in ISDS and with a GPA less than 3.5 in ISDS courses shall be required to take a four-hour written exam designed and evaluated by their minor professor.

The evaluation of the written exam shall be reported to the graduate advisor in the student’s major department rather than to the student.

Graduate Faculty

(check current faculty listings by department here)

A. J. Burns (6A) • Behavioral and organizational information security, Privacy, Cybersecurity and cyber risk, Information assurance, Human-computer interaction
Joseph Cabral (6A) • Innovation strategy, startup-incumbent collaboration and entrepreneurial finance
Ye-Sho Chen (M) • Global eBusiness, knowledge management, technological entrepreneurship, doing business in China
Young H. Chun (M) • Probabilistic modeling, software quality management, decision analysis, information economics, data mining
Rudy Hirschheim (M) • Information systems management and development, IT sourcing, philosophy of science, service-oriented architecture
Peter Kelle (M) • Supply chain management, buyer-supplier negotiations, enterprise systems, and inventory management
Nan “Peter” Liang (6A) • Information security and security training, malicious insiders, big data and application
G. Tyge Payne (M) • Configurations and Equifinality; Entrepreneurial Networks and Social Capital; Family Business; Organizational Virtue and Ethics; Strategic Entrepreneurship; Venture Capitalism
Gabriele Piccoli (M) • Digital data streams, customer service systems, strategic information systems
Shane W. Reid (6A) • Crowdfunding, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Family Business
Helmut Schneider (M) • Total quality management, supply chain management, data mining, and statistical analysis of crash data
Andrew Schwarz (M) • IT acceptance, adoption and use, IT governance, IT-business alignment; implementation and diffusion of technology within organizations, and future technology trends
Joni A. Shreve (3P) • Data mining and predictive modeling with an emphasis on classification analysis
Sohrab Soleimanof (6A) • Institutional Effects on Entrepreneurship, Transgenerational Entrepreneurship, Family Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Entrepreneurship Process
Reg Tucker (6A) • Mental health & entrepreneurship, social entrepreneur motivation, entrepreneurial ecosystems
James Van Scotter (7M) • eCommerce and communication, IT workforce, research methods and measurement
Edward F. Watson III (M) • Enterprise systems, digital transformation, IT innovation, decision support, simulation and serious games
Sonja Wiley (7M) • Medical informatics, bioinformatics, IT adoption and diffusion, eCommerce, and organizational and social impacts of IT


    Graduate CertificateMaster of ScienceDoctor of Philosophy