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Russell Nelson

Director, Center for the Management of Information Technology
Professor of Commerce
Unit: McIntire School of Commerce
Department: McIntire School of Commerce
Office location and address
338 Rouss & Robertson Halls
40 South Lawn
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Georgia
M.P.A., Management Information Systems, The Ohio State University
B.S., Public Administration, James Madison University

Professor Nelson is active in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programs at the McIntire School of Commerce. In 2014, he received an All-University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for the B.S. in Commerce and as the Director of the Center for the Management of Information Technology, a position he has held since the founding of CMIT in 1991. During his tenure at the McIntire School, he served as Information Technology Area Coordinator for nine years and as Director of the M.S. in MIT Program for 10 years. Professor Nelson has published articles on project management, IT adoption, information and system quality, and IT human capital in a variety of academic and professional journals, including MIS QuarterlyMIS Quarterly ExecutiveCommunications of the ACM;Journal of Management Information SystemsInformation & ManagementInternational Information SystemsData BaseCIO; and Case Research Journal, among others. In addition, he edited a book titled End-User Computing: Concepts, Issues & Applications, published by John Wiley & Sons. Professor Nelson also serves as a reviewer for many professional journals and is a member of the editorial board for MIS Quarterly Executive. Before joining the McIntire School, he served on the faculty of the University of Houston and worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Professor Nelson has served as a consultant to a number of organizations, including Bank of America, the Texas Air Corporation, Alere, CFA Institute, Home Federal Savings & Loan, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

NCBM 405: McIntire Knowledge Continuum
Credits: 1
Provides business leaders with a cutting-edge learning experience focused on the management of information technology. Introduces the latest approaches to leadership, innovation, architecture, emerging technologies, project management, business analytics, and social media. Delivered in a one-day executive style seminar program.
COMM 3010: Strategy and Systems
Credits: 4
Provides an overview of a business from both a strategic process perspective and as a system and introduces a broad conceptual framework. The remaining ICE sessions provide more specific concepts and techniques. A current business, as well as cases and lecture, is used to develop the framework. Topics include the transformation of business, the role of the general manager, systems thinking and process management, strategic thinking and information systems, global strategy and culture, organizational architecture, information architecture, and the value chain. Prerequisite: Third-year Commerce standing.
COMM 3042: Quantitative Analysis and Data Visualization-Study Abroad
Credits: 2
This course provides an overview of key tools necessary for making effective decisions. It includes a variety of topics that each emphasize the themes of quantitative analysis, data management, and data visualization. Course for Study Abroad students only.
COMM 3050: Managerial Decision Making
Credits: 5
This course provides an overview of key quantitative and qualitative tools necessary for making effective individual- and team-based decisions. It includes a variety of topics that each emphasize three themes central to managerial decision making: (1) Data Management and Data Visualization, (2) Quantitative Analysis, and (3) Perception and Judgment. .
COMM 3200: Project and Product Management
Credits: 3
This course will provide knowledge of product management in combination with project management skills, both of which are necessary for the management of the digital product innovation process end-to-end. Course consists of seminars on roles of the product & project manager, managing innovation, selecting projects, stakeholder mgmt, team mgmt, schedule & time mgmt, risk mgmt, & on leading changes. Workshops on digital innovation, agile & waterfall methods.
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
COMM 4293: GCI: IT Project Practicum in Argentina
Credits: 3
In this class you will practice international IT consulting. Working with your team & with the help of faculty & translators, you will propose solutions to real-world challenges experienced by winemaking companies in Mendoza, Argentina. Winemaking is a global business that fuels worldwide exports. You & your team will analyze problems, identify solutions, & present recommendations to real clients. Http://webs.comm.virginia.edu/Grazioli/Comm4293/
COMM 4529: Global Commerce Immersion: Topics in Information Technology
Credits: 3
Global Commerce courses that count in the Information Technology concentration.
GCOM 7830: IT Project Management
Credits: 2
The primary objective of this course is to provide a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the effective management of IT projects. To this end, the course consists of seminars, workshops, and tutorials on contemporary tools and techniques. Students will work in teams to apply the concepts and tools covered in class by conducting a project retrospective.
GCOM 7831: IT Project Retrospectives
Credits: 3
This course provides a framework for conducting project retrospectives including tools and techniques for mapping project momentum, evaluating project success, identifying and avoiding classic mistakes through best practices, performing root cause analysis, and delivering actionable recommendations. Analysis and recommendations take the form of a written report and a presentation.
GCOM 7832: IT International Project Management
Credits: 2
The primary objective of this course is to provide a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for the effective management of IT projects. Through class discussions and readings, students will cover tools and techniques central to IT project management. Next, in teams, students will apply these tools and techniques to a real-world context by conducting a retrospective of an IT project in a foreign country.