Michael S. Parks' What I Do
Curriculum Vitae
Associate Professor, Decision and Information Sciences
280E Melcher Hall
College of Business Administration
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-6282
713-743-4693 FAX
e-mail: parks@uh.edu
www: http://www.bauer.uh.edu/parks/parmich.htm


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Georgia, 1973, Management Science

Dissertation: "A Generalized Cybernetically-Based Model for Heuristic Decision Simulation" Nicolai Siemens, Chairman

Master of Business Administration, Auburn University, 1970
Bachelor of Science, Auburn University, 1969, Chemistry


1995-1996 Technical Director, The Annenberg Incubator Project, University of Southern California

1980-date Associate Professor, Management Information Systems, University of Houston

1979-1980 Associate Professor, Quantitative Management Science, University of Houston

1973-1979 Assistant Professor, Quantitative Management Science, University of Houston



"The Evolution of Corporate IT Function and the Role of the CIO at Texaco - How do Perceptions of ITís Performance Get Formed?" with R. Hirchheim and J. Porra, second round of revisions completed for Database, November 2002

"Sustaining Virtual Communities: Suggestions from the Colonial Model," with J. Porra, to revise and resubmit to Information Systems Research, December, 2002 (second round of revisions)

"The Historical Research Method and Its Application to the Corporate Information Technology Function at Texaco, Inc.," with R. Hirschheim and J. Porra, submitted to Information and Organizations, December 2002

"Forty Years of Corporate Information Systems at Texaco Inc. - A History," with R. Hirschheim and J. Porra, submitted to Information and Organizations, December, 2002

"Forty Years of Corporate Information Technology at Texaco Inc. - An Interpretation Using a Systems Theoretical Lens," with R. Hirschheim and J. Porra, submitted to MIS Quarterly, January 2003

"Incubating Foundations of Information Systems -- Issues in Creating an Electronic Journal", with James Courtney and Jaana Porra, Association for Information Systems 1997 Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

"The Electronic Commerce Course: An Early Version of Learning in the Networked World" with Blake Ives and George Weidmeyer, invited tutorial ICIS Conference 1995.

"Multimedia Transactions or Two Years Before the Multimedia Mast", keynote speech Multimedia Communications Forum, Austin, Texas, 1994.

"A Comparison of Machine Learning with Human Judgment", with M. Kattan and D. Adams,Journal of MIS, Spring 1993, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 37-57.

"An Imaging Approach to Comparisons of Brain Asymmetry in PET,"Proceedings of the The Biophysical Society, Houston, 1992.

"Mind Systems versus Brain Systems: The Biological Structure of Natural Intelligence: A Tutorial," ICIS Conference, Dallas TX, 1992.

"OMBUDSERVICE: AN Institutional Approach to Solving Student Problems," National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), with W. Munson, Washington D.C., 1991.

"The Disystem: A Fundamental Process of Nature", Cybernetica, No.1, 1991, pp. 5-20.

"Representing Legal Concepts in Computational Models with Biological Architecture," with C. Walter, Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Cybernetics, Namur, Belgium, 1989.

"Disystem Conjectures," in Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics, Baden-Baden West Germany, 1988.

"Representing Legal Concepts as Cognitive Variables in Computational Models," Proceedings 4th International Conference on Law and Computers, Rome, 1988.

"The Disystem as Natural Intelligence: The Conjectures and Experimental Regimen," in Cybernetics and Systems: Present and Future, J. Rose (ed), Thales Publishing, London, 1987.

"Natural Intelligence: The Disystem Conjectures", Biophysical Society, San Francisco, 1986.

"Natural Models of Intelligence" in Computer Power and Legal Reasoning, C. Walter (ed), West Publishing Co., pp. 5-27, 1985.

"Natural Intelligence," chapter in Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Law, C. Walter, ed., 1984.

"Professional Workstations," Microcomputer Audit, Control and Security Conference, Dec. 1984

"Artificial Intelligence," presentation Systems Expo, San Antonio, TX, 1984.

"Graphic Perspectives in DSS", HICCS Conference, 1983

"Analysis of Investment and Production Strategies for Petroleum Reservoirs," with J. MacFarland, L. Lasdon, and A. Aggarwal, in Symposium on Oil and Gas Supply Modeling, Saul Gass, ed., 1980

"An Application of Optimal Control Theory to Petroleum Reservoir Management," ORSA/TIMS National Meeting, Colorado Springs, 1980

"A Preference Order Dynamic Program for the Knapsack Problem with Stochastic Rewards," Operations Research Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 2, 1979. Reprinted in Zentralblatt fur Mathematik, 1980.

"Dichotic Property and Teleogenesis," Kybernetes, Jan. 1979.

"Optimal Capacity Planning," ORSA/TIMS National Meeting, 1979

"The Use of Statistics in Litigation," Presentation to the Houston Council on Human Relations, 1978.

"Automated Judgement: A Tutorial," American Institute of Decision Sciences, St. Louis, 1978.

"Tutorial: Automated Judgement," American Institute of Decision Sciences, 1978

"Temporal Placement of Unfavorable Information in Employment Interviews," Texas Psychological Association, 1977.

"Artificial Intelligence: Conditioned Forecasting," Proceedings of the Disaggregation Conference, Ohio State Press, 1977.

"Forecasting Critical Material Flows: Managerial Utilization of Sequential Methodology," The International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 15, No.1, 1977

"Simulation of Managerial Thought," Cost and Management, March-April 1977.

"A Generalized Model for Automating Judgmental Decisions," Management Science, Vol. 22 No.8, April 1976.

"Artificial Intelligence: Large Scale Implementation," Proceedings of The American Institute of Decision Sciences, 1976.

"Comparison of Retail Images based on Shopping Experience and Exposure to Advertising," Journalism Quarterly, Winter 1976.

"Reality in Complex Simulation Games: Problems and Solutions," Proceedings of the American Institute of Decision Sciences, 1976.

"Artificial Intelligence: Toward Operationality," Proceedings of the American Institute of Decision Sciences, 1973.

"A Heuristically Operative Model for Binary Decision Simulation," Proceedings of the American Institute of Decision Sciences, 1973.


  1. College of Business -- University of Houston


  2. University of Houston System


  3. ISWorldNet (professional organization)


  4. MIS Quarterly Discovery (electronic journal)


  5. Foundations of Information Systems (electronic journal)


  6. The Annenberg Incubator Project



U.S. Geological Survey, " Alternative Optimization Criteria for Production from Petroleum Reservoirs," (with J. McFarland), $67,000.

U.S. Postal Service, "Cost/Benefits of Optical Character Reader," (with B. Ostrofsky)


Masters and Doctoral Committees (University of Houston)


Co-ordinator: MIS Area of Concentration, 1981-95, College of Business Administration, University of Houston

Co-ordinator: Business Policy Area, 1974-79, College of Business Administration, University of Houston


University: Community:




Information Systems:
Multimedia 4 96
Transaction Processing Systems I and II 32 2,250
Artificial Intelligence/Expert Systems/Decision Support Systems 7 110
System Analysis and Design 3 113
Comparative Languages and Programming (C, Pascal, FORTRAN) 14 862
Introduction to Computing 31 6,903
Statistics and Operations Research:
Simulation 3 61
Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/
Nonparametric Statistics 13 518
Operations Research 8 173
Business Policy and Strategy
17 999
Total All Areas (Univ. of Houston 1973-date) 132 12,055

Michael S. Parks
280E Melcher Hall
University of Houston
Houston, Texas, 77204-6282
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