Saman Bina

Assistant Professor - Information Systems & Business Analytics

Contact Information

Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98005
Waco, TX  76706
Office Location:  Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation¬†310.19

Educational Background

  • PHD - Information Systems, Texas Tech University
  • MBA - Project Management, Asia Pacific Intl College
  • MS - Industrial Engineer, Amirkabir Univ Of Technology
  • BS - Industrial Engineer, Amirkabir Univ Of Technology

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Rawls College of BA (2017)
  • Rawls Doctoral Scholarship, Rawls College of BA (2016)
  • AT&T Graduate Fellowship, Texas Tech University (2014)


After graduating with my MSc degree in industrial engineering I joined industry working as a systems analyst in the oil and gas industry. Eventually, I became a project controller and then project procurement officer after a couple of years. While working as a project procurement officer I was also pursuing my MBA. Once I received my degree I was promoted to the deputy of planning and systems development department. Shortly after, I was invited to teach at Industrial Management Institute as an instructor. I taught some MBA-level courses to other executive managers, such as engineering economics, and financial appraisal of projects. Later on, I became the R&D project manager, which became one of my motivations to pursue my Ph.D. in information systems.
Now, by bringing my personal experience into academia, I am interested in studying the human factors as one of the underlying issues and challenges industry faces.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"How Technology Affordances of Sharing Economy Platforms Influence Cultural Distance and the Affective Commitment of Immigrants at the Base of the Pyramid," (May 2024) (coauthors: Jie (Kevin) Yan, Robin Wakefield, Yasamin Hadavi).

"Social Capital and Sharing Economy Success: The Moderating Role of Technology Affordance," (June 2022) (coauthors: Robin Wakefield, Kevin (Jie) Yan).

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

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