Michael Knight, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management

I look at connecting with learners where they are, using tools that relate in a meaningful way, to bring about understanding and development for future learning ability.

- Michael Knight

Connect with
Michael Knight

building is Becker Business - room is 327
Phone 863.680.4276



I hold a Bachelor degree in Aviation Flight & Management, a Master’s in Education and Public Administration, and a double major Ph.D. Business Administration for Organizational Behavior (strategy and leadership) and MIS. I also serve as the editor in chief of the international journal of social and organizational dynamics in Information technology (IJSODIT) and chair social issues research in IT for the HICSS conference (Hawaii International Conference on System Science). Before starting my career in academia, I had an entrepreneurial corporate mindset and background. In the 90’s, I was the national operations director for a subsidiary of Sony Records and also owned a small chain of A&W restaurants. I also earned my commercial pilots license and flight instructor ratings (which I maintain and now bring people up to enjoy discovery flights and explore if aviation is for them). Over the past 12 years, I have also traveled, researched, taught and lived in Peru, Ireland, Austria, and China. I absolutely love to explore cultural places and see the world with my family!

I joined FSC with the hope to help others complete their education and to make a positive social change in the world through their advanced education and knowledge.


I enjoy spending time with family, international travel, restoring antique coke machines, teaching and helping people with real wealth building financial planning.


PhD: Business Administration, AACSB, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2005

Master of Science: Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2001

Bachelor of Science: Aviation Management, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999

Publications and Exhibitions

Shizhong, A., Du, R., Knight, M., Brugha, C., Liu, L., (2018). “Trust Development Process In Electronic Commerce In Globally Distributed Contexts: A Case Of Homestay.Com In China”. Journal Of Academy Of Business And Economics. Volume 18, Issue 2, P15-28.

*Shizhong, A., Du, R., Knight, M., Cathal, B., (2018). “Trust development process in electronic commerce in globally distributed contexts: a case of HomeStay.com in China”, In press summer 2018- Journal of Academy of Business and Economics [DISCIPLINE]

*Su, R., Knight, M., Jie, X., (2016). “Customer Attributions of CSR Strategies and its Impact on Corporate Reputation”. International Journal of Strategic Management.  Vol16 (2), 53-64. Best Research Publication in Journal Award - IABE Las Vegas - 2016 [DISCIPLINE]
*Du, R., Liu, L., Straub, D., Knight, M. (2016), Impact of espoused national cultural values on innovative behavior: an empirical study in Chinese IT-enabled global service industry. Asia Pacific Business Review. March 8. DOI: 10.1080/13602381.2016.1156907 [DISCIPLINE]
*Al-Qadhi, Y.H., Nor K.M., Ologbo A.C., Knight, M. (2015), Knowledge sharing in a multi-nationality workforce: Examining the factors that influence knowledge sharing among employees of diverse nationalities (2015). Human Systems Management, Vol 34:2. [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M., and Abu-Shanab, E., Haddad, M. (2014), Knowledge Sharing Practices and the Learning Organization: A Study (2014). The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol 12:2. [DISCIPLINE]
Chen, C, Wu, J, Ma, M, Knight, M (2011) “Enhancing Virtual Learning Team Performance: a Leadership Perspective.” Human Systems Management Vol 30(4). [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M., Radosevich, D. J. (2011). "Using Information Technology as a Strategic Weapon: Lessons from the Red Baron." Management Research and Practice Journal Vol 3(1) [DISCIPLINE]
Shaw, R., Chen, C., Knight, M. (2010), “The Efficacy of Knowledge Map in Object-Oriented Software Training: ADO.Net Components”. Management Research and Practice Vol 2(2). [DISCIPLINE]
Abu-Shanab, E., Knight, M., Heba, R., (2010) “E-voting Systems: A Tool For E-Democracy”. Management Research and Practice. Vol 2(3). [DISCIPLINE]
Radosevich, D., Levine, M., Sumner, K., Knight, M., Arendt, L., Johnson, V., (2009) “The Role of Expectancy Theory in Goal Striving Processes”. Journal of Academy of Business and Economics. Vol (9)4. [DISCIPLINE]  
Abu Shanab, E., Knight M., (2009) The Technology Acceptance Model: The Effect of Agreeability. DIAS Technology Review - The International Journal for Business & IT, April –September 2009 [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M., Hunsinger, S., (2009) “Information Technology Supported Communication - Group Cohesion, Agreeability, and Performance: The Role of Media Richness” Computational Advancements in End User Technologies: Emerging Models and Frameworks. IGI Global, Hershey, PA. [DISCIPLINE]
Hunsinger D.S., Holt, A.E., Knight, M. (2009)  Factors Influencing Females Whether to Become Computer Information Systems Majors. Information Systems Education Journal Vol(7). [DISCIPLINE]

Hunsinger D.S., Knight, M., Russ, J.L.. (2008)  Factors Influencing Computer Information Systems Majors Whether to Join AITP.  Issues in Information Systems Vol 9. [DISCIPLINE]

Knight, M., Hunsinger. S (2008) “Optimism: Individual Contribution and the Inability to Accurately Perceive Optimism in Virtual Communication .” DIAS Technology Review- The International Journal for Business & IT, April –September. [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M.,  Pearson, J. M., (2008)“The Changing Demographics: The Diminishing Role of Age and Gender in Computer Usage.” In Clark, Steve. “End-User Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. (pp. 2284-2298). Contemporary Research in Information Science and Technology. Hershey, New York: [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M., Pearson, J. M., Hunsinger, S., (2008) “The Role of Media Richness in Information Technology Supported Communication in Group Cohesion, Agreeability, and Performance?” Journal of Organizational and End User Computing Vol 20(4). [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M., Elsaid, A. M. M. K. (2006). “Optimism: The Significance of Individual Contribution and Perception.”, Research and Practice in Human Resource Management Vol 14(2). [DISCIPLINE]
Knight, M., Pearson, J. M., (2005 “The Changing Demographics: The Diminishing Role of Age and Gender in Computer Usage.” Journal of Organizational and End User Computing Vol 17(4). [DISCIPLINE]
Stubbart, C., Knight, M., (2005), “The Case of the Disappearing Firms: Empirical Evidence and Implications.” Journal of Organizational Behavior Vol 27 (1). [DISCIPLINE]