Online Investing for Retirement
Researchers are investigating how new innovative self-service retirement Web sites
are used by company employees to maximize their investment and retirement wealth.
The team is comprised of researchers from the Fogelman College of Business & Economics
in collaboration with researchers at the University of Montana and Grand Valley State
As companies continue to find ways to reduce costs by adopting online self-service
technologies, this research is needed to explore how different Web site designs affect
how successfully users can utilize the systems to achieve their goals. The Web site
design features are assessed through a series of research projects that involve collecting
data from users in an experimental laboratory setting involving simulated online retirement
web sites. Specifically, the projects are designed to explore how user characteristics
such as gender differences, user confidence, and user risk propensity, and system
characteristics such as information delivery channels and investment advice credibility
influence investing behaviors.
The research team comprises Dr. Robin Poston (email@example.com, Department of Management Information Systems, University of Memphis), Dr. Clayton
Looney (University of Montana), and Dr. Asli Akbulut (Grand Valley State University).
Understanding and Utilizing Medical Information Systems
Researchers in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics in collaboration with
researchers at University of Tennessee Health Science Center are investigating how
medical experts find answers to health-related questions using online and offline
information sources. The researchers are gathering data from information search activities
including sources used, sources found helpful, and the pattern followed to search
for medical information.
It is useful to understand the way experts find and use medical information both online
an offline in order to create better information systems and to train non-expert information
seekers,” said Dr. Robin Poston, of the Fogelman College’s Department of Management
Information Systems. Specifically, the project delves into exploring which sources
are most helpful and how the Internet can be a valuable information source for medical
The research team comprises Dr. Robin Poston (firstname.lastname@example.org, Department of Management Information Systems, University of Memphis), Dr. Katie
Suda (University of Tennessee) and Colin Onita (PhD Student, Department of Management
Information Systems, University of Memphis).
Understanding Best Practices in Offshore Outsourcing Management
Researchers in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics are investigating how
to improve offshore outsourcing management in the system development process. In
a unique collaboration with local Fortune 500 companies and the Project Management
Institute of Memphis, the researchers are gathering both qualitative and quantitative
data designed to highlight best practices in offshore outsourcing management.
As companies are increasingly adopting offshore outsourcing strategies, they are faced
with how to answer the complex questions of what activities are best to send offshore,
what is the best approach to controlling offshore activities, and how can communications
be improved given time and culture differences? These questions are explored first
with onshore employees through structured interviews, then through a more widely-circulated
questionnaire with feedback from people involved in offshore outsourcing across a
diverse set of industries and approaches, and finally with offshore employees at their
global locations to gather their views. Specifically, the project will delve into
the human, process, and technological aspects of offshore outsourcing management and
develop a series of best practices for both researchers and practitioners to use.
The research team comprises several faculty members from the Department of Management
Information Systems, all of whom are Systems Testing Research Fellows of the FedEx
Institute of Technology: Dr. Robin Poston (email@example.com), Dr. Sandi Richardson, Dr. Judith Simon, Dr. Tom Stafford, and Dr. Chen Zhang.
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