A milieu for multiple disciplines

New Journal of Enterprise Transformation editor targets academia, industry 

Rahul C. Basole hopes to spend the next four years bringing together disparate groups already studying how complex public and private enterprises operate, evolve and are managed.

The associate director for enterprise transformation at Georgia Tech's Tennenbaum Institute is, appropriately, the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation, published jointly by IIE and INCOSE. Basole’s current post exemplifies the interdisciplinary nature of enterprise transformation. Although all of his degrees are in engineering, he also serves as an associate professor in Tech’s College of Computing and collaborates closely with business schools and companies around the world.

"My particular vision and goal is to ensure that the journal bridges multiple academic disciplines," Basole said. "Transformation requires a consideration of many interconnected issues, ranging from system design and complexity to technology, strategy and leadership, which makes it an interesting research area for many, many scholars."

He credits outgoing editors Deborah Nightingale and Ricardo Valerdi as putting the journal, launched in 2011, on a path toward earning an impact factor. And Valerdi applauded the choice.

"As the associate director of the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech, Rahul sits at one of the epicenters of enterprise transformation research," said Valerdi, an associate professor in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Arizona. "His research portfolio is at the core of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation's mission, and I am confident that he will be able to raise the journal’s profile as it evolves from startup stage to a high-impact journal."

For his part, Basole wants more engagement from multiple academic communities such as engineering, business and computing. He also wants to reach out to industry.

"Enterprise transformation is an industry-agnostic issue. It exists in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, energy and education. I want corporate decision makers to be aware of the journal and contribute to it as well," Basole said.

He notes that enterprises don’t exist in vacuums. And understanding the best ways to architect, change and manage such complex entities in an increasingly global business ecosystem will help them operate better and ensure survival.

"I want to increase the visibility of the journal in these communities and put it in on a path of getting a strong impact factor down the road," he said.

More information about the journal can be found at www.iienet.org/publications.