Richard Kesner

Part-Time Lecturer


Dr. Richard M. Kesner, Executive Professor, Supply Chain and Information Management Group, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University

Dr. Richard M. Kesner serves Northeastern University as an Executive Professor of MIS in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.  He was named a Center for Practice Oriented Education (POE) Fellow, 2006-7.  Prior to his Northeastern appointment, Richard served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of CELT Corporation, and has also served as a senior IT executive for Northeastern University, MetLife, Babson College, Multibank (now part of Bank of America), and the Faxon Company.   Because of his leadership in online learning, Dr. Kesner was recently named to a special committee assessing the next generation of online learning and learning management systems for Northeastern.

At Northeastern, Dr. Kesner serves as the Coordinator of MISM 2301- “Introduction to Information Management within the Enterprise” for the Business School’s undergraduates, and the Lead Faculty Member for MGSC 6204 “Introduction to Information Management Systems” for the School’s Online MBA program.  In addition, he is the Lead Faculty Member for MIS within the University’s College of Professional Studies where he has created and taught a number of the program’s online IT and MIS course offerings.

In addition as a Chief Information Officer in his own right, Dr. Kesner has managed large, complex IT projects and services.  For example, as part of his ongoing work in data and knowledge management, he has led a twenty-six state government effort to assess the needs and design solutions for State Education Agency (SEA) decision support systems (DSS).  In this regard, he has architected data integration, unique student/education ID, and data warehousing and analytics solution sets for both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

Dr. Kesner holds CLU and ChFC certifications from The American College, a M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, and an A.B. and M.B. from Oberlin College.  He has also completed post-doctoral training in finance and strategic planning at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.   He is the author of numerous articles and nine books, including, The Hands-On Project Office: Guaranteeing ROI and on Time Delivery Office (Auerbach,2004).  Richard’s current research focuses on knowledge, identity, and data management within the enterprise and across industries – focusing on educational programs and healthcare delivery - as well as on IT systems and services delivery.  His most recent book is The Online University: Building Viable Learning Experiences for Higher Education, Common Ground Publishing, 2013.




Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford University (1977)