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Dennis Kennedy, Ph.D.

Dennis Kennedy, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


Dr. Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Business Systems and Analytics and Accounting at La Salle University.  He has a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA and Ph.D. from Temple University.  Currently he teaches Information Technology: Systems and Strategies.  He has also taught courses and given seminars in financial accounting, strategic planning, organizational analysis, and production and operations management.

His research interests include multi-criteria decision making, expert systems, group decision support systems, distributed consensus building, the conceptual framework of accounting, earnings recognition and valuation in financial reporting.  He has published research in the International Journal of Business Analytics, Energy Policy, International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, Business Journal, Benchmarking:  An International Journal, Information and Management, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Omega, Accounting Enquiries, Journal of Management Systems, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, and Interface.

His consulting activities include strategic planning, the systems development life cycle, developing and reviewing IT systems budgets and metrics, the use of probabilistic phrases by financial strategy experts, and hiring executives and technical managers.  Since 1987, he has had the privilege of serving on the Boards of Directors for Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and its Strategic Planning, IT Services and Finance Committees that “continue the work of Jesus by affirming, assisting and advocating for individuals, families and communities.”

Why La Salle?

There are a family of reasons to begin your life’s work at LaSalle.  Both of my daughters are La Salle alumnae.  One is an MD who manages an ER facility in the Lehigh Valley.  The other is a high school teacher certified in chemistry and biology.  Their husbands are La Salle alumni.  One has an MS in chemistry from Princeton while the other has a successful career in law enforcement.  My wife and her brother are also La Salle graduates.  He has retired from law enforcement while my wife is retiring after 33 years of teaching.  For each of these careers, La Salle was the beginning.

Areas of Expertise

  • multi-criteria decision making
  • expert systems
  • group decision support systems
  • strategic planning and the systems development life cycle
  • distributed consensus building
  • conceptual framework of accounting
  • earnings recognition and valuation in financial reporting
  • natural resources accounting


  • BUS 205 Information Technology, Systems and Strategies
  • ACC 406 Advanced Accounting Theory
  • ACC 380 Accounting Seminar
  • ACC 102 Accounting Principles
  • ACC 101 Accounting Principles
  • MGT 307 Organizational Analysis
  • MGT 306 Corporate Planning and Control
  • MGT 300 Production and Operations Management
  • MKT 304 Industrial Marketing
  • MKT 302 Sales Management
  • MKT 201 Principles of Marketing
  • MBA 682 Seminar in Financial Reporting
  • MBA 615 Financial Reporting: A Customer Focus
  • MAF 513 Managerial Accounting and Finance
  • ACC 502 Financial Reporting: A FASB Conceptual Framework Perspective


  • Ph.D., Accounting, Temple University, 1983
  • MBA, Temple University, 1973
  • B.S., Management, Pennsylvania State University, 1970


  • Tavana, M., Trevisani, D. A., & Kennedy, D. T. (in press, 2013).  A Fuzzy Cyber-Risk Analysis Model for Assessing Attacks on the Availability and Integrity of the Military Command and Control Systems.  International Journal of Business Analytics.
  • Tavana, M., Pirdashti, M., Kennedy, D. T., Belaud, J., & Behzadian, M. (2012).  A Hybrid Delphi-SWOT Paradigm for Oil and Gas Pipeline Strategic Planning in the Caspian Sea Basin.  Energy Policy, 40, 345-360.
  • Kennedy, D. T., Pirdashti, M., Mohamadi, M., & Rahimpour, F. (2008).  An AHP-Delphi Multi-Criteria Location Planning Model with Application to Whey Protein Production Facility Decisions.  International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences, 1 (2).
  • Kennedy, D. T. & Tavana, M. (2006).  N-Site: A Distributed Consensus Building and Negotiation Support System.  International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, 5 (1), 123-154.
  • Kennedy, D. T., Tavana, M., Leauby, B., & Ugras, J. (2004).  An Investigation of the Relative Importance of the Characteristics of Information in Governmental Financial Reporting.  Business Journal, 19 (1-2), 56-62.
  • Kennedy, D. T., Tavana, M., & Mohebbi, B. (2003).  A Benchmarking Tool for Total Quality Management.  Benchmarking: An International Journal, 10 (6), 507-527.


  • Kennedy, D. T., Tavana, M., Leauby, B., & Ugras, J. (2000). AN investigation of Users’, Preparers’ and Auditors’ Perceptions Regarding the Relative Importance of the Characteristics of Information in Governmental Financial Reporting.   International Academy of Business Disciplines, 12th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Kennedy, D. T., Tavana, M., Leauby, B., & Ugras, J. (2000). Improving the Information Quality of Government Financial Reporting for Economic Decision Makers in Capital Markets.   Association of Private Enterprise Education, 25th Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Tavana, M., Kennedy, D., & Rappaport, J. M. (1997). Computer-Aided Performance Evaluation: A Group Decision Support Systems.   INFORMS conference, Unknown, Unknown.
  • Kennedy, D. T. (1996). Teaching Decision Support Systems.   Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Tavana, M., Rappaport, J. M., & Kennedy, D. (1996). Teaching Decision Support Systems: The Bloomberg Experience.   Annual Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference, Unknown, Unknown.