Selma Limam Mansar

Selma Limam Mansar

Teaching Professor of Information Systems Emeritus

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Selma Limam Mansar is Teaching Professor of Information Systems Emeritus at CMU-Q. She has experienced various global educational models, holding academic positions at Zayed University in Dubai, London Metropolitan University and the Technical University in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. In teaching, Limam Mansar has taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of object-oriented analysis and design, global project management, global systems delivery models, business process management and simulation, as well as introductory courses to IS. In 2010, she was awarded the meritorious teaching award at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.


Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

DEA, Industrial Engineering (Master), Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

Engineer, Industrial Engineering (Six years of study), Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis, Tunisia

Area Of Expertise

Information systems

Business process management

Healthcare informatics


Teaching and learning

Research Description

Current research interests: healthcare informatics business process redesign (BPR), business process modeling teaching and learning


International refereed journals

Brunstein, A., Brunstein, J. & Limam Mansar, S. (2012). Integrating Health Theories in Health and Fitness Applications for Sustained Behavior Change: Current State of the Art. Creative Education, 3, 1-5. doi: 10.4236/ce.2012.38B001. ISSN Print: 2151-4755 S.

Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers, F. Ounnar. “Development of a decision-making strategy to improve the efficiency of BPR”. Expert Systems with Applications (Elsevier), 36(3), 3248-3262, 2009. Available online in Science Direct.

H.A. Reijers, S. Limam Mansar, and M. Rosemann. Introduction and a Compass for Business Process Design, Information Systems Management, 25(4), 299-301, 2008.

S. Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers. “Best practices in business process redesign: survey results amongst Dutch and UK consultants”. Business Process Management Journal. Volume 13, Issue 2, year 2007, pp. 193-213. S.

Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers, F. Ounnar. “BPR Implementation: a Decision–Making Strategy”. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3812, pp. 421-431. Berlin, Heidelberg. Springer Verlag publisher. 2006.

H.A. Reijers, S. Limam Mansar. Best practices in Business Process Redesign: An Overview and Qualitative Evaluation of Successful Redesign Heuristics. Omega, International Journal of Management science, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2005, Pages 283-306.

S. Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers. “Best practices in Business Process Redesign: Case studies”. Computers in Industry, Volume 56, Issue 5, June 2005, pages 457 – 471.

S. Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers, F. Marir. Case-Based reasoning as a technique for knowledge management in Business Process redesign. Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2003.

H. Reijers, S. Limam and W.M.P. Van Der Aalst. "Product-based Workflow Design". Journal of management information systems. Summer 2003, Vol 20, No 1, pp 229-262.

C. Cerezuela, S. Limam, D. Riopel, 2001. "Processus de développement de produit et ingénierie concourante",  Journal Européen des Systèmes Automatisés, JESA, vol 35, no 6, 2001, pp. 699 – 726.

S. Limam, P. Ladet. 1999. “Towards a communicating Petri Net tool for modeling production processes”. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 37, Number 1-2, October, pp. 493-496.

Book chapters

Selma Limam Mansar, Shashank Jariwala, Maahd Shahzad, Aysha Anggraini, Nawal Behih. (2013) “Localizing a Weight Loss Mobile Application”, in Martinho, R., Rijo, R., Cruz-Cunha, M. M., & Varajão, J. (2013). Information Systems and Technologies for Enhancing Health and Social Care (pp. 1-348). doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-3667-5. ISBN13: 9781466636675. Accepted for publication.

Fouzia Ounnar, Patrick Pujo, Selma Limam Mansar (2010) Partnership network for an intelligent supply chain. In: Electronic Supply Network Coordination in Intelligent and Dynamic Environment: Modeling and Implementation. Edited by: Shima Mohebbi, Iraj Mahdavi, Name Cho. IGI Global Publishing. ISBN10: 1605668087.

M. Netjes, S. Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers, and W.M.P. van der Aalst. Performing Business Process Redesign with Best Practices: An Evolutionary Approach. In: J. Filipe, J. Cordeiro, and J. Cardoso, editors, Enterprise Information Systems, Revised Selected Papers 9th ICEIS 2007, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing 12, 199-211. Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2009.

Refereed and published conference proceedings

Selma Limam Mansar, Shashank Jariwala, Maahd Shahzad, Aysha Anggraini, Nawal Behih, Amna AlZeyara (2012). A Usability Testing Experiment For A Localized Weight Loss Mobile Application. Procedia Technology 5 (2012) 839–848. Elsevier Ltd. doi: 10.1016/j.protcy.2012.09.093.

Limam Mansar, S, Brunstein, A, Jariwala S, Brunstein J., (2012). Addressing Obesity Using A Mobile Application: An Experiment Design. E-Health 2012, IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2012). ISBN:9789728939700.

Essam, M.M., Limam Mansar S., (2011) Towards a Software Framework for Automatic Business Process Redesign. Proc. of Int. Conf. on Advances in Information and Communication Technologies 2011, ICT 2011 & CIT 2011, proceedings of international conference. DOI: 02.ICT.2011.02.42, ISBN 978-90-819067-0-8.

Limam Mansar, S., Kekre, S., (2011) A Founding Framework for addressing Obesity in Qatar using Mobile Technologies. Communications in Computer and Information Science, Vol. 221, Part 3, Springer, 402-412.ISSN 1865-0929.

Limam Mansar, S., Gan Kok Siew, B. & Weinberg, R (2011). Getting to Global Yes! Designing a Distributed Student Collaboration. ICEIS 2011 – Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems. Volume 3, pp 229-234, Beijing, China, 8-11 June 2011. ISBN 978-989-8425-55-3. Available at SciTePress Digital Library

Gan Kok Siew, B., Weinberg, R. & Limam Mansar, S. (2010). Global Project Management: Pedagogy For Distributed Teams. In Z. Abas et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010 (pp. 1408-1417). AACE. Penang, Malaysia, 17-20 May, 2010. Can be retrieved from with subscription.

Selma Limam Mansar, Jeria Quesenberry, Raja Sooriamurthi, Randy Weinberg. Information Systems Application Development Courses: A Carnegie Mellon University Experience in Global Pedagogy. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual IEEE-CS Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training. Pittsburgh, USA. March 9-12, 2010. IEEE Computer Society Press. DOI 10.1109/CSEET.2010.32

Michael Rosemann, Selma Limam Mansar, Hajo Reijers. Co-editors of the 5th Workshop on Business Process Design (BPD 2009), Ulm, Germany, 7 September 2009, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing Volume x.

S. Limam Mansar and R Weinberg. Global Sourcing of Information Technology in the Middle East: the Case of Qatar. PICMET 2008, Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, July 27-31 2008, Cape Town, South Africa.

M. Netjes, S. Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers, and W.M.P. van der Aalst. An Evolutionary Approach for Business Process Redesign: Towards an Intelligent System. In J. Cardoso, J. Cordeiro and J. Filipe, editors, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS 2007), 47-54. INSTICC, Setúbal, 2007.

S. Limam Mansar. “E-government implementation: impact on business processes”. Proceedings of the IEEE sponsored Third International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT06). Dubai, U.A.E, November 19-21, 2006, IEEE catalogue number 06EX1543C, ISBN 1-4244-0674-9.

S. Limam Mansar. “E-Government Implementation: a comparative evaluation of websites maturity”. CD-ROM/Online Proceedings of the European and Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS) 2006, 6-7July, Costa Blanca, Alicante, Spain. Editors: Professor Zahir Irani, Mr Omiros D. Sarikas, Professor Juan Llopis, Dr Reyes Gonzalez, Dr Jose Gasco, ISBN: 1-902316-46-0. S.

Limam Mansar, H.A. Reijers, F. Ounnar. BPR Implementation: a Decision–Making Strategy. Workshop on Business Process Design, 3rd International Conference on Business Process management. Nancy, France, 5-7 September 2005. Lecture notes in computer science.

S. Limam Mansar and H.A. Reijers. Best practices in business process redesign: Survey results amongst Dutch and UK consultants. Proceedings of the 2004 Research Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, Dubai 4-6 October 2004.

F. Marir, S. Limam Mansar. CBR-BPR: A case-based reasoning tool for business process redesign. In I. Seruca, J. Filipe, S. Hammoudi and J. Cordeiro editors, Proceedings of the sixth international conference on enterprise information systems ICEIS, Volume 2, pp 363-368, Porto, Portugal, April 14-17, 2004. ISBN 972-8865-00-7.

S. Limam. Using Simulation and Heuristics for Business Process Redesign: combining the Parallelism and the Resequencing best Practices. Proceedings of the Modelling and Applied Simulation Conference. Pages 111-119. 2-4 October 2003, Bergeggi, Italy. ISBN 88-900732-3-3.

S. Limam, H.A. Reijers, F. Marir. Applying Business Process Redesign: a case-based reasoning approach. In F. McGrath and D. Remenyi, editors, Proceedings of the 4th European Conference On Knowledge Management. Pages 635-644. Oriel College, Oxford University, UK 18-19 September 2003. Academic Conferences Limited, Reading, ISBN 0-9544577-2-2.

W.M.P. Van Der Aalst, H. Reijers, and S. Limam. 2001. "Product-driven Workflow Design". Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD’2001 London, Ontario, Canada. July 12-15, 2001. Pages 397-403. Conference chair: Prof. Mohamed Kamel, Dept. of systems design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

P. Ladet, S. Limam, F. Ounnar. 1999. “Decision-Making concerning Production Processes disturbances at supervisory and local levels: a Petri nets approach”. CD-Rom of the Second European Control Conference ECC’99. 31 August – 3 September 1999. Karlsruhe, Germany. Invited paper.

S. Limam, P. Ladet. “An analysis of Petri Nets Composition methods through a Production Process example”. Proceedings of IEPM’99, International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Production Management, Glasgow, July 12-15, 1999. Pages 552-561.

S. Limam, P. Ladet. “Modélisation par réseaux de Petri d’un processus de production soumis à des perturbations”. Proceedings of the 3rd International conference on Industrial Engineering 26-28 May 1999. Montreal, Canada. Pages 1761-1770.

S. Limam, P. Ladet. “Towards a communicating Petri Net tool for modeling Production Processes”. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering September 9-11 1998, Brunel University. Pages 493-496. Other refereed and non-published conference contributions

S. Limam, P. Ladet, V. S. De Ormijana, L. Villeneuve. 1998. “A comparative study of modeling tools”. CORS /INFORMS Congress. Montreal, Concurrent Engineering Session. 27-29 Mai 1998.

Awards & Honors

Meritorious Teaching Award: 2010; Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Education City Sustainability Awards: 1st Prize, 2011 for Ibtikar (Raising awareness on biodiversity through iPhone applications)

University Service

Member, Dean’s Council, Carnegie Mellon University at Qatar (CMU-Q), January 2012-present

Member, Institutional Review Board Committee (IRB), CMU-Q, August 2010-December 2014

Faculty senator for CMU-Q, two-year term, May 2013-May 2015

Member, Building Advisory Committee (BAB), CMU-Q, August 2010-present

Member, Qatar ad-hoc committee on faculty reappointment and promotion, CMU-Q, (August 2010 – current)

Member, Information Systems Program, Dietrich College Committee on Faculty Reappointment and Promotion, CMU-Q, (August 2010-present)

Coordinator, Information Systems Program, January 2008-January 2012

Member, committee for selection of graduation speaker, (2012, 2011, 2010)

Co-organizer, CMU-Q Course Open House (Spring 2012, Fall 2012)

Member “Assessment of Students’ Learning” committee, CMU-Q, (January 2009-June 2011)

Member, ESG: The Enrollment Strategy Group, CMU-Q, (August 2009-June 2011)

Member search committee for distinguished guest speaker, CMU-Q, (January 2009-June 2010)

Member, On.Q editorial board, CMU-Q external publication, (August 2008-present)

Advisor, Class of 2015, Information Systems, CMU-Q, (ongoing)

Advisor, Class 2012, Information Systems, CMU-Q, (August 2008-July 2011)

Advisor, Class 2013, Information Systems, CMU-Q, (Spring 2009-Fall 2009)

Chairwoman, Information Systems Recruiting Committee, CMU-Q (2007-present)

Chairwoman, Information Systems Program Outreach Committee (Fall 2008-present)

Chairwoman, Information Systems Program Curriculum Assessment and Review Committee Qatar (January 2009 – present)

Member, Greening the Curriculum Committee (Spring 2008, Fall 2009)

Member, Meeting of the Minds Committee (2007-2008)

Member, University Research Committee, CMU-Q (August 2008-August 2009)

Member, First Year Experience Committee, CMU-Q (August 2008-August 2009)

Member, CS Education Outreach Committee, CMU-Q (2007-2008)

Chairwoman, IT Committee of the College of Business Sciences, Zayed University (2005-2007) 

Member, Standing Committee on Educational Technology, Zayed University (2006-2007)

Co-chair, Institutional Resources Working Group for Middle States Accreditation, Zayed University (2005-2007)

Member, Research Committee of the College of Business Sciences, Zayed University (2005-2007)

Member, IT Users’ Group, Zayed University (2005-2007)

Advisor, Business Sciences Club, Zayed University (2005-2007)

Deputy course leader, Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems, London Metropolitan University (2002-2004)

Courses Taught

Carnegie Mellon University Qatar courses (Undergraduate)

Software Development

Project Innovations in Information Systems

Concepts of Information Systems

Fundamentals of Systems Development

Contemporary Themes in Global Information Systems

Global Systems Delivery Models (IT outsourcing)

Global Project Management

Other courses taught (Undergraduate and graduate)

Simulation of Business Processes (discrete events simulation), Technical University Eindhoven

Database Management Systems (relational databases, SQL, etc.), Zayed University

Information Systems Management, Zayed University

Systems Analysis and Design (software engineering), Introduction to Programming (JAVA), London Metropolitan University

Introduction to IT (hardware, basic software applications, networking, etc.), London Metropolitan University

MRP Systems, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble

Production Planning and Inventory Control, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse Petri Nets, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble