Dr. Beni Asllani

Marvin E. White Professor of Management

Dr. Beni Asllani

"Do not chase success. Let the hard work and opportunity bring success to you."

Dr. Arben (Beni) Asllani is an award-winning professor at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has published dozens of articles and a business analytics textbook.

Degrees held:

  • PhD in MIS/Operations Management — University of Nebraska
  • MA in Management Science/International Management — University of Nebraska
  • BS in Industrial Economics — University of Tirana, Albania

Career highlights:

Dr. Asllani has won several faculty teaching and research awards and serves as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Business Research and on the editorial board of Service Business: An International Journal. Dr. Asllani has published more than 38 articles in journals including Omega, Transfusion, European Journal of Operational Research, Knowledge Management, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, and Service Business: An International Journal. He has also published and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences and workshops. In 2015, Dr. Asllani authored a book entitled "Business Analytics with Management Science" which is published by Pearson/FT Press.

Why did you start teaching?

As a student I was inspired by many teachers who had an impact on my career. I was fascinated by their ability to lead us from the known to the unknown, from the simple concepts to the more complex ones. Sharing my knowledge and trying to explain complicated things into simple terms is my mission.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Do not chase success. Let the hard work and opportunity bring success to you.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Ask a lot of questions. Ask your instructor "why?" Ask Google "how?" or "what?"

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Mine, of course! (JK) How about watch comedy shows instead of reading a book? For the young at heart "Big Bang Theory". For married people "King of Queens." Everyone else, "Seinfeld."

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

Good understanding of fundamentals of MIS.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Not enough liberal arts education.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

Online can be an effective tool for quality, affordable, and flexible education. When done right, online can replace face-to-face and will grow significantly in the future.

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