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Chidi Ononiwu

Assistant Professor

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Chidi Ononiwu is an assistant professor of Information Systems (IS) at American University of Nigeria (AUN). A member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Working Group 9.4, Member Association of Information systems (AIS) and Australian computer society (ACS). He is an SAP Consultant that worked with SAP software in Business intelligence (BI) and supply chain management (SCM) as an SAP Business Analyst for more than half a decade in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. SAP is a German multinational software corporation based in Walldorf, Baden- Württemberg that develops enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to manage business operations and customer relations. The company is especially known for its SAP ERP software.

Prior to joining SAP Australia, He also worked in the retail banking sector in Nigeria, where he rose to the position of a deputy IT manager in the then Citizen’s bank, now Heritage Bank. Besides, before joining the banking industry, he started his career in IT with Unisys Corporation. Unisys is an American global IT company based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, with their Nigerian local partner called Inlaks Nigeria Ltd. Inlaks offer IT solutions to customers that cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries’ economies.

Chidi got his PhD in Information Systems from the prestigious University of Cape Town, South Africa, with a PhD thesis entitled “Mechanisms for the Emergent Usage of Adaptive Information Systems: A Critical Realist Case of e-financial Systems in South Africa” in 2015. He won the Research Associate Award of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011. The award is given by the University’s Vice-Chancellor to Postgraduate students with good records of scholarly publishing during their PhD journey. Prior to his PhD, he obtained MSc in Enterprise Systems with distinction from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia, and a postgraduate certificate in Management Systems Research from University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering with second-class upper division from Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.

He is a reviewer in International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) and IFIP conferences, where some of his publications have appeared as well. For journals, a reviewer in European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), African Journal of Information Systems (AJIS), Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC), Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation (EJISE) and South African Computer Journal, where some of his publications have also appeared.

His special research interests are in Critical Realism applications to IS Research, Research Methodology & Design in IS, IT-enabled social innovations & entrepreneurship, Big-data analytics, ERP systems, and Emergent use of IS in the developing economies. Recently his research interest has evolved to System dynamics application to Information Systems Research, e-Government projects in the developing economies of sub-Saharan Africa, cybersecurity and FinTech.

He joined school of Information Technology & Computing (SITC) of AUN in 2016 from University of Cape Town South Africa where he has lectured as well. In AUN, he anchored and taught courses in Research Direction and Methodology, Information Systems and Business courses in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Currently, he acts as SITC Graduate School Coordinator for School of Graduate Studies and Research in AUN. He has successfully supervised a PhD student in Information Systems, by name Ibrahim Inuwa (ID: A00019741), with thesis entitled “Mechanisms Fostering the Misuse of Information Systems for corrupt Practices in the Nigerian Public Sector”, apart from other PhD students’ theses in progress under his supervision. In addition, he has eight MSc degree students’ theses and eight Senior Design Projects for undergraduate students he supervised and the students graduated

Critical Realism applications
IS Research
Research Methodology & Design in IS
IT-enabled social innovations & entrepreneurship
Big-data analytics
ERP systems
Emergent use of IS in developing economies
System dynamics application
Information Systems Research
e-Government projects in the developing economies of sub-Saharan Africa
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Member of ACS- Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Member of AIS – Association for Information Systems

Member SAP User Group New Zealand

Co-Chair IFIP 9.4 Committee Peru 2022 conference


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