Dr. Ferran is an associate professor of Accounting and Management Information Systems (MIS) at the College of Business and Public Administration of Governors State University. He has been here since 2010. Previously, he taught at Pennsylvania State University and Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Ferran is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and he obtained his doctoral degree in Business Administration (with a major in MIS) from Boston University. Before entering academia he was a CIO at a major financial institution in Venezuela, a planning and financial analyst in the Venezuelan oil industry, and a manager and developer of banking and accounting applications at a software company. His professional career started developing accounting applications for the Apple II. He earned the Venezuelan Academic Excellence Award "Antonio José de Sucre" and the “Fundación Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho" scholarship.
Dr. Ferran has published ten peer-reviewed articles, five peer-reviewed book chapters, and 16 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He authored a book and co-edited an academic book on Global ERP. His paper titled Videoconferencing in the field: A Heuristic Processing Model was published in Management Science and was cited in over 150 news outlets on the first 60 days following its publication and his conference proceeding titled Teams or Communities? Organizational structures for knowledge management has been cited in over seventy academic articles. He has also presented at numerous national and international conferences where three of his presentations have won the Best Paper Award. He is currently the editor-in-chief of RELCASI –a journal of the AIS– and a member of the advisory board of four other international journals. He has chaired the AMCIS Accounting Information System Track for the last six years and is again track Chair for AMCIS 2015. Dr. Ferran is currently President of the Latin American and Caribbean Association for Information Systems (LACAIS), President of the Accounting Information Systems SIG of the AIS (SIGASYS), Vice-President of the GSU Chapter UPI Local 4100, and a Notary Public for the State of Illinois. Dr. Ferran is also a member of the Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer Corps.
Dr. Ferran is the CBPA Coordinator for Assurance of Learning and Online Education. His current research interests include Knowledge Management (KM), Technology-Mediated Knowledge Transfer (online education), Accounting Information Systems (AIS), Assurance of Learning (AoL), and the Digital Divide.
Dr. Ferran has taught and given academic lectures in English and Spanish at universities in Argentina, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. He speaks English and Spanish fluently and can have a conversation in French.