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Faculty and Staff

Neset Hikmet, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Director, Health Information Technology Consortium
Department: Integrated Information Technology
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-5559
Fax: 803-777-6427

Innovation Center
550 Assembly St.
Suite 1300
Columbia, SC 29201

Neset Hikmet


Ph.D., Management Science and Information Systems, University of Rhode Island
M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Rhode Island
B.S., Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University

Dr. Neset Hikmet joined the University of South Carolina as the director of graduate studies in health information technology in August, 2012. Prior to joining the Integrated Information Technology program at USC, Dr. Hikmet was employed in Turkey in several capacities: He served as the director of the Sponsored Research Office at Özyegin University and was an associate professor in the Computer Engineering Department at the same university. Previously, Dr. Hikmet held the Otto Candies Endowed Chair in Information Systems and was professor of information systems at the Nicholls State University, Louisiana, USA. Prior to joining Nicholls State University, Dr. Hikmet served as the founding member and the director of the Center for Research in Healthcare Systems and Policies (CRHSP) at the University of South Florida. The center conducts operations research to identify and investigate key strategic issues affecting healthcare delivery systems. He has more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has been cited more than 470 times.

During 2006–07, Dr. Hikmet served as a member of the work group that provided recommendations regarding privacy and security practices affecting interoperable health information exchange to the Florida Governor's Health Information Infrastructure, Privacy and Security Project. He holds M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.


Healthcare budget, policy and politics; healthcare cost, financing, and rationing; healthcare quality and process improvement; healthcare information systems and technologies.

Management of health resources and services.

Value creation through effective use of information technology.

Adoption and utilization of information technology at individual and organizational levels.

Management of information technology/systems and innovation in organizations.

Economics of information technology investments in organizations.

Strategic use of information systems in organizations.

Information Technology Service Management.

Business process management, knowledge management, and online social networks.


Coming soon.

Honors and awards

  • IBM Shared University Research Award for "Assessing the current state of the network, identifying the key security issues and making recommendations for improvement." (2011)
  • IBM Shared University Research Award for establishing a "Center for Business Analytics and Performance Management." (2011)
  • Otto Candies Endowed Chair in Information Systems, Nicholls State university, LA (2008 - 2010)
  • Distinguished Track Award - National Decision Sciences Institute Conference, New Orleans, LA (2009)
  • University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Certificate of Honor for Professional Accomplishments and Academic Achievements (2006)
  • Inducted to Beta Gamma Sigma (2000)
  • College of Business Administration's Graduate Student Instructional Excellence Award, University of Rhode Island. (1997)
  • College of Business Administration Dean's Award for Academic Achievement, University of Rhode Island (1996)
  • Junior Achievement Fellowship (1995)

Book chapters

Hikmet, N. and Bhattacherjee, A., "The impact of professional certifications on healthcare information technology use." Medical Informatics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, Volume 1, (ed.) Joseph Tan, IGI Global, Hershey, Penn., 2009, 1646-1656.

Hikmet, N. and Bhattacherjee, A., "The impact of professional certifications on healthcare information technology use." Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics: Research and Practices, Volume 1, (ed.) Joseph Tan, IGI Global, Hershey, Penn., 2008, 111-132.

Hikmet, N., Westin, S., and Ebrahimpour, M., "Factors influencing the intent to use information technology in healthcare organizations." Effective Utilization and Management of Emerging Information Technologies, (ed.) Mehdi Khosrowpour, Idea Group Publishing, Hershey, Penn., 1998, 702-703.


Hikmet, N., Banerjee, S., and Burns, M. (2012). "State of content: Healthcare executive's role in information technology adoption." Journal of Service Science and Management, v5, n2, pp. 124-131.

Hikmet, N., Lin, B. J., and Mooney, J. (2011). "A path analysis of the determinants of corporate leverage in Japan."  Journal of Financial and Economic Practice, v11, n1, pp. 1-8.

Bhattacherjee, A., Hikmet, N., Menachemi, N., Kayhan, V. O. and Brooks, R. G. (2010). "The differential performance effects of healthcare information technology adoption." EDPACS, v42, n4, pp. 1-14.

Menachemi, N., Matthews, M., Ford, E.W., Hikmet, N., and Brooks, R.G. (2009). "The relationship between local hospital IT capabilities and physician EMR adoption."  Journal of Medical Systems, v33, n5, pp 329-335.

Pencek, T., Hikmet, N., and Lin, J. B. (2009). "Stock market performance of healthcare initial public offerings." Journal of Business and Economic Studies, v15, n2, pp. 26-31.

Hikmet, N., Taylor, E., and Davis, C. (2008). "The student productivity paradox: Technology mediated learning in schools." Communications of the ACM, v51, n9, pp. 128-131.

Bhattacherjee, A. and Hikmet, N. (2008). "Reconceptualizing organizational support and its effect on information technology usage: Evidence from the healthcare sector." Journal of Computer Information Systems, v48, n4, pp. 69-76.

Davis, C. J. and Hikmet, N. (2008). "Training as regulation and development: An exploration of the needs of enterprise systems users." Information and Management, v45, pp. 341-348.

Hikmet, N., Bhattacherjee, A., Menachemi, N., Kayhan, V., and Brooks, R. G. (2008). "The role of organizational factors in the adoption of healthcare information technology in Florida hospitals." Healthcare Management Science, v11, n1, pp. 1-9.

Bhattacherjee, A. and Hikmet, N. (2007). "Physicians' resistance toward healthcare information technology: A theoretical model and empirical test." European Journal of Information Systems, v16, pp. 725-737.

Professional affiliations

HIMSS, Health Information and Management Systems Society
AIS, Association of Information Systems
ACM, Association for Computing Machinery
DSI, Decision Sciences Institute

Professional service


  • Southwest Florida Regional Health Information Network, Board Member.
  • Suncoast Workforce Development, Bi-County Healthcare Committee.
  • Sarasota County Health and Human Services, Emergency Operations Planning, Data Integration Committee.
  • State of Florida, Agency for healthcare Administration, Privacy and Security Project Implementation Workgroup.


  • President - Northeast Decision Sciences Institute
  • President Elect - Northeast Decision Sciences Institute
  • Program Chair - Northeast Decision Sciences Institute 2010 Conference, Alexandria, Va.
  • Vice President – Programs, Northeast Decision Sciences Institute
  • Treasurer, Northeast Decision Sciences Institute
  • Program Chair, 2007 Conference on Healthcare in Florida, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Vice-President - Technology, Northeast Decision Sciences Institute
  • Advisory Council Member, Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance


  • The 12th International Decision Sciences Institute Conference Program Committee Member, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Advisory Board Member – ARTEV, Research Driven Intellectual Property Consortium, Turkey
  • Healthcare Transformation Project Consolidation Member—Turkish Republic Ministry of Health advancement of healthcare delivery: A multi-sector approach, Turkey.
  • Healthcare Facilities Workgroup Coordinator—Turkish Republic Ministry of Health Workshop on uncovering and improving factors that impact the advancement of healthcare, Turkey.