|Bill Kettinger received Best Paper Award
Bill Kettinger, Chair of Excellence and Professor of MIS, received the Best Paper
Award at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) in the 105
paper, Organizational Systems and Technology Track, for his paper entitled, "Late
to the Game: Assessing IT Integration Risk After the Acquisition Target has Been Identified."The
paper was co-authored by Stefan Hennningsson of the Copenhagen Business School. In
its 48th year, HICSS attracts close to 1000 researchers from around the world . Its
papers are published in the Proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press and carried
in the IEEE digital library Xplore. HICSS is the #1 IS conference in terms of citations
as recorded by Google Scholar.
Abstract: Although IT integration (referring to integration of hardware, software,
data, and related practices) is essential for the realization of the business synergies
that motivate an acquisition, only 24% of companies include IT in the due diligence
before the acquisition. The reality is that IT managers must often assess risk quickly
and accurately to develop an IT integration plan after an acquisition decision has
been made. To assist these managers, this article derives a framework for assessing
IT integration risk in acquisitions. Based on the multi-acquisition experiences of
Trelleborg AB, a global industrial company that uses acquisitions as a component of
its corporate strategy, the proposed framework's merits are illustrated in both high-
and low-risk acquisitions. Insights gained from Trelleborg provide recommendations
for Chief Information Officers in assessing and managing IT-related risk in acquisitions
after the acquisition target has been identified.
|Judy Simon Co-Hosts “Cyber Security Summit"
The two directors of the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance, Drs.
Dipankar Dasgupta, professor of Computer Science, and Judy Simon, professor of Management
Information Systems, hosted a "Cyber Security Summit" at the FedEx Institute of Technology
on October 17th, to coincide with National Cyber Security Month.
The all-day program included ten speakers, including representatives from the Department
of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Norwich University Applied Research Institute, and others. The event was well attended
and included multiple vendor exhibits. Copies of speakers' presentations will be available
on the Center's website soon at http://cybersummit.memphis.edu/.
|Brian Janz Receives 2014 Best Paper Award
Dr. Ernie Nichols, associate professor of Supply Chain Management and director of
the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Brian Janz, professor of MIS
and FedEx Institute of Technology Innovator in Residence, recently received the 2014
Society of Information Management (SIM) Best Paper Award for their paper entitled,
"Re-Visioning IT for Value: The Value Stream Initiative at Buckman." The reward will
be presented at the 2014 SIMposium where they will also have the opportunity to present
their work. This paper was co-authored with Tim Meek, CIO of Buckman, and John Oglesby,
director of Corporate Systems and IT Governance at Buckman.
"Their hard work is most deserving of such a prestigious award," said Dr. Marla Royne
Stafford, Great Oaks Foundation Professor of Marketing and chair of the Department
of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. "This paper is an outstanding example of
university and industry collaboration."
SIM is a community of IT thought leaders that provides a network for IT leadership
opportunities while exploring the IT's future direction and providing professional
assistance in the form of online assistance and association and industry publications.
"Drs. Janz and Nichols' impressive SIM Best Paper Award reminds us that, through the
collaborative efforts of academia and our local industry partners, innovative breakthroughs
and inspirational thinking can be achieved," said Dr. Robin Poston, Papasan Family
Professor and interim chair of the Department of Management Information Systems. "Their
applied research is a great example of how the Fogelman College supports businesses
in our regional Memphis economy and beyond by engaging in meaningful dialogs concerning
IT's value-add to business activities."
In this paper, an account is offered of the Value Stream Initiative (VSI), a comprehensive,
value-based analysis of all IT-related activities at Buckman Laboratories, an international
chemical manufacturer of 1,600 employees with offices and customers in over 90 countries.
Focus is put on how the company set out to redefine itself and its IT organization
using "value" as the focal point for analysis to address key issues surrounding the
search for enhanced value from IT in Buckman's operations.
|8th International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing
The Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) of the University of Memphis at the
FedEx Institute of Technology, in partnership with the International Test and Evaluation
Association (ITEA), is pleased to invite you to participate in the 8th International
Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing on November 3-4, 2014. The workshop features a full day of research paper presentations on Monday, November
3 and a full day of tutorials on Tuesday, November 4. The 2014 Annual Technology Review,
organized by ITEA, will be held on November 4-6. Participants attending both events
will receive discounted admission.
Location: Memphis, Tennessee at the FedEx Institute of Technology.
Accepted submissions: Theoretical and practical aspects of testing including hardware testing, software
testing, requirements testing, and the testing of business rules.
STEP is an interdisciplinary research program under the auspices of the FedEx Institute
of Technology that brings together the Departments of Computer Science, Management
Information Systems, and Electrical & Computer Engineering.
The workshop is a mixture of presentations and open discussions, and the participation
from both academic and industry practice generated a full and free interchange of
ideas and methodologies on software testing.
For additional information, please visit https://umdrive.memphis.edu/g-mis/www/memphis/step/STEP2014/index.html
|Dr. Thomas Stafford appointed editor for Decision Sciences Journal (DSJ)
Dr. Thomas Stafford, professor of Management Information Systems, was recently appointed
to the role of editor for Decision Sciences Journal (DSJ), a premier-level business
research journal focused on quantitative aspects of business decision-making. DSJ
specifically focuses on top-quality methodological examinations of the problems facing
managers in modern workplaces.
Prior to this role, Dr. Stafford served two complete terms as editor-in-chief for
another acclaimed journal, ACM Data Base for Advances in Information Systems. He also
served as a guest editor for thirteen different journal special issues, including
publications such as MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education,
and IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. He will be joined by Dr. Cheri
Speier-Pero, professor of Information Systems at Michigan State University, as co-editor.
"Fogelman College is thrilled that DSJ has appointed Dr. Stafford for this role,"
said Dr. Robin Poston, interim chair of the Management Information Systems Department.
"In achieving this well-deserved recognition, Dr. Stafford has enabled the MIS department
to further notoriety among the academic community by hosting one of the top academic
decision-making journals in the field."
"We are extremely proud of Dr. Stafford's recent appointment to this prestigious position,"
said Dr. Rajiv Grover, FCBE dean. "Dr. Stafford's role as editor of such an acclaimed
publication brings light to the high-level of academic excellence demonstrated by
faculty at the Fogelman College and the University of Memphis."
"In the time that I have served at Fogelman College, we have aspired to match some
of the most competitive and well-respected academic institutions in the country,"
said Dr. Stafford. "In bringing the Decision Sciences Journal to our College, we have
now risen to the level of several of top-ranked MIS departments in the country as
ranked by US News and World Report. This is a successful achievement of Dean Grover's
vision for the advancement of the reputation, status, and global visibility of Fogelman
College. Moving forward, we can now acknowledge that we have met the rigorous performance
of many of our peer school and now can reach even higher in our aspirations."
|TCB hosting interactive sessions with employers of Sedgwick, Methodist, and First
Technology Careers In Business (TCB) is a professional development program specifically
designed for MIS majors. Focused on providing insight into different career paths
and industries, TCB participants will interact with employers and learn more about
cutting-edge technology programs. Program participants should have successfully completed
at least one of the following courses, MIS 3770, 3775, or 3790. To receive credit,
students must attend and complete all sessions in their entirety. To register, please
complete the application form and return to room 274 or send to email@example.com.
Technology in the Insurance Industry – A Focus on How Emerging Technology is Creating
an Industry Evolution
Wednesday, October 22; 4 pm – 6 pm
Host: Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.
Technology is Transforming Healthcare for Patients, Families and Physicians
Wednesday, October 29; 4 pm – 6 pm
Host: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.
Technology Careers In Banking—Data Analytics and Security Career Paths for the Future
Wednesday, November 5; 4 pm – 6 pm
Host: First Tennessee Bank Each session is held at the host’s facility.
Event details will be sent to all confirmed attendees upon completed registration.
Space is limited so register early! Deadline for registration is October 10th.
Find additional information and registration form here.
|AMIS hosting two part event on how to master the interview process
The Association for Management Information Systems (AMIS) is hosting a two part series
on the secrets of mastering the interview process where real employees reveal their
top secrets to a successful interview. AMIS is a registered student organization open
to both graduate and undergraduate students interested in MIS. The mission of AMIS
is to introduce students into the MIS profession and to provide students with opportunities
that will enhance their educational and social development as an MIS professional.
Join us and guest speakers from First Tennessee Bank and FedEx at these events! Pizza
and refreshments will be served and all MIS majors are welcome to attend.
First Tennessee Employers
Thursday, September 11th
4PM – 5:30PM
Thursday, September 18th
4PM – 5:30PM
For more information visit the AMIS website or check out the event flyer here.
|Bill Kettinger, invited editor at ECIS 2014
|Bill Kettinger was an invited speaker at the 22nd European Conference on Information
Systems in Tel Aviv Israel.. Bill presented on June 11 at the 'Meet the Journal Editors
Panel' where he represented both MIS Quarterly and MIS Executive as Senior Editor.
This session provided attendees with an opportunity to meet editors from the leading
MIS journals, who shared key points about their respective journals. Advice was given
to assist researchers targeting top ranked journals.
|Department of MIS hosted Dr. Freddy Coronado from the University of Chile
|The Department of MIS at the University of Memphis recently hosted a visiting scholar,
Dr. Freddy Coronado from the University of Chile. While visiting in May 2014, Dr.
Coronado built synergistic relationships with students and faculty across multiple
business disciplines, engaged with students in masters courses, the Complete Professional
Program, and MILE program. He also provided input for PhD student research and participated
in industry partner meetings, sharing research insights and ideas in his area of expertise
of internal management controls. Many of the long-lasting effects of his many engagements
include work started with the Study Abroad Director drawing up a MOU, efforts pursued
with the Director of the Fogelman MBA Programs sharing ideas about graduate programs
and opportunities for collaboration, and ideas conveyed with the Chair of Excellence
of Accountancy talking about how to incorporate corporate social responsibility on
undergraduate curriculum and opportunities for developing activities with Chilean
companies. Dr. Coronado also met with the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and
MIS and Marketing faculty to share teaching and research ideas. Finally, Dr. Coronado
shared his research expertise engaging with local business partners at FedEx, StartCo,
and St. Jude, among others. Dr. Coronado earned his Ph.D. in Accounting at Michigan
State University, Contador Auditor at the Universidad de Chile, and Ingeniero en Información
y Control de Gestión at the Universidad de Chile.
|MIS PhD Student Outstanding Teaching Award
We are happy to announce the recipients of the first Outstanding MIS PhD Student Teaching
Award: Jeff Kaleta and Deepti Agrawal!
The Award is sponsored by the MIS Advisory Council to recognize outstanding teaching
in the department by a doctoral student. Each spring, eligible students wishing to
be considered for the award may apply with the PhD coordinator by assembling and submitting
a packet of supporting materials. After careful evaluation by the selection committee,
the applicants are selected and will be honored with a plaque during the MIS Advisory
Congratulations to Deepti and Jeff to their achievement!
|Good News for IS graduates!
The 2013 AIS IS Job Index Reports:
IS Pays Well:
- Bachelors IS Students salary: $57,212
- Master IS student salary: $65,394
- Contrast: All Bachelor student salary average: $44,928
IS Job Market is Healthy:
- 78% IS placement near graduation
- Contrast: 39% of all graduates receive an offer near graduation
IS Graduates are happy!
- 76% of IS graduates are satisfied with their jobs
|University of Memphis Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) availability for systems
testing certification programs
The University of Memphis Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) has availability
for two upcoming systems testing certification programs to be held on the University
of Memphis campus.
STEP Foundational (Basic) five-day Program scheduled for the week of February 10th.
STEP Advanced Program beginning Monday, February 3rd and meeting for a total of 10
Mondays spread from February to May.
(However, if you work for FedEx, please contact Pam Goldsmith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 263-5886.)
For details and enrollment forms please visit step.memphis.edu
click “Research-Based Certifications in Systems Testing” for the Foundational and
|Association for Information Systems recognizes University of Memphis Chapter (AMIS) for its exceptional efforts
|The Association for Information Systems (AIS) announced that the University of Memphis Chapter of the Association for Information Systems has been recognized for the chapter’s efforts in the area of Professional Development, Careers in IS, Community Service, Fundraising, and Membership.
This award recognizes deserving student chapters that have excelled in one or more
of the following areas: professional development, membership, careers in IS, community
service, fundraising, and communications.
Congratulations to our AMIS Chapter members for earning this award and to advisors
Brian Janz and Margaret Schultz for preparing students for this award.
|Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) announces certification program
|The Systems Testing Excellence Program (STEP) of the FedEx Institute of Technology
at the University of Memphis announces its systems testing certification programs
for the period February - May 2014, as follows:
One week STEP Foundational (Basic) Program
Week of February 10-14
Week of March 24-28
Week of May 19-23
Two week STEP Advanced Program
(prerequisite: completion of the one-week Foundational Program)
Ten Mondays, February - May
STEP 3-day Agile Development and Testing Boot Camp
March 31, April 1, 2
All of these programs will be held on the University of Memphis campus.
For details and enrollment forms please visit step.memphis.edu
click "Research-Based Certifications in Systems Testing" for the Foundational and
Advanced Programs or click "Agile Development and Testing Boot Camp".
Please address questions to:
Dr. Mark Gillenson
Dr. Robin Poston
| Dr. Jong Seok Lee joins the MIS department
The department of Management Information Systems welcomed Dr. Jong Seok Lee as Assistant
Professor in the Fall 2013. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration
from Georgia State University, a Master of Management Information Systems from the
University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Soongsil University,
in South Korea.
Jong's research is centered on IT project management, and includes work on business
decision-making, project escalation, requirements management, risk management, and
software testing. He has published several papers in scholarly journals including
Journal of Management Information Systems, and in the proceedings of international
conferences including Academy of Management Meetings. In 2011, his paper entitled "Theorizing
in Design Science Research" received the Best Student Paper Award at the International
Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology.
Jong was born and raised in South Korea and before his academic and research career,
he was employed as military intelligence agent at Defense Security Agency in South
Korea. In the US, he has lived in Tucson, AZ and Atlanta, GA, where he completed his
graduate education. When he is not busy with research, Jong enjoys outdoor activities,
such as football, baseball, and basketball – especially the Phoenix Suns.
We are excited to welcome him to Memphis and to our department and are wishing him
a good start into a successful career as a researcher and professor at the University
|Dr. Lian Yuanqiang to serve as Visiting Scholar at the MIS department
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Lian Yuanqiang to serve as Visiting Scholar with our
department. He will be part of the MIS faculty from September 1, 2013 to September
Lian is a mature scholar, who currently serves as an Associate Professor at Yangzhou
University in China, where he is also Director of the Department of Marketing and
e-Business. He will join the department with impressive research credentials including
designation as a Contributing Researcher of the China Society of Logistics and a Member
of the International Association for Chinese Management Research (IACMR).
His current research interests evolve around the topic of Supply Chain Alliance, e-Business,
as well as Information and Industrial Innovation Strategy.
The department is looking forward to a productive year of doing research with Lian!
|Dr. Fred Davis speaks at MIS Colloquium on NeuroIS
On February 15, Guest speaker Dr. Fred Davis spoke at the MIS department's weekly
Colloquium. His talk invited not only faculty and students from the MIS department,
but also faculty from other departments of the College of Business and Economics.
Dr. Davis' presented on the emerging topic of Neuroscience in IS. He discussed a number
of neuro- physiological tools, such as eye-tracking and neuroimaging (EEG) and FMRI
in IS research and pointed out research topics that may be explored.
Together with Angelika Dimoka and Paul A. Pavlou, Dr. Davis published an introductory
article on using cognitive neuroscience in Information Systems Research in 2011.
Dr. Davis is Distinguished Professor and David D. Glass Chair in Information Systems
at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and is listed
in ISI HighlyCited.com. He is Senior Editor on Information Systems Research.
As the creator of the Technology Acceptance Model, Fred Davis is one of the most published
and top cited MIS scholars in the information systems research field with over 25,000
citations on Google Scholar. Dr. Davis' 1989 publication in MISQ has maintained the
title of most cited article in MIS Quarterly since 1984.
The MIS Department was delighted to have had the opportunity to host a talk with such
an accomplished scholar and is looking forward to welcome him again in the future.
|Dr. Ling Xue joins MIS faculty
The department of Management Information Systems welcomed Dr. Ling Xue as a tenure
track Assistant Professor starting in the Fall 2012. He will teach MIS 3775 in Database
and Information Management, as well as MIS 2770 in Information Technology Infrastructure.
Ling Xue received his PhD in MIS at UT Austin, he previously served as an Assistant
Professor at the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton.
Dr. Xue has multiple streams of research. His primary research focus is on the governance
of IT and the impact of IT on business performance and organizational scope. He has
been studying how environmental uncertainty influences organizations' choices of IT
governance patterns and the impact of IT on value generation. His second research
interest is in electronic commerce, such as online consumer community and behavioral
targeting in online advertising. His third stream of research is on information asymmetry
in supply chain management. In addition, he has also been actively studying the management
of information security.
Dr. Xue will contribute to the MIS department by providing quality research and introducing
more people to Econometrics-style research which he has gained significant expertise
in during his career. He enjoys interdisciplinary research and would like to encourage
collaboration with faculty and students from other related fields at the university
in order to diversify research and make it more complete. The department of Management
Information Systems is especially proud to announce Dr. Xue’s very recent publication
in the Academy of Management Journal. In addition he has published in the top two MIS journals: MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research.
In the past, Dr. Xue has published a number of articles together with his wife, Xia
Zhao, who is a researcher in MIS at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Besides research, Dr. Xue enjoys watching and playing different sports. In his free
time, which he does not have much of, he likes to play soccer and ping pong. He is
the proud father of a new baby daughter. We are happy to welcome the entire Ling Xue
Family to our Memphis community!
|Dr. Elena Karahanna visits the MIS Colloquium as a special guest speaker
Nov 9, 2012
Dr. Elena Karahanna was a special guest speaker at the November 9th 2012 MIS Department
Colloquium. Professor Karahanna discussed her current research: “Understanding the
Interplay of Habits and Organizational Routines in Telehealth Implementations”. In
addition, she met with the MIS faculty and conducted a PhD student seminar.
Dr. Karahanna is the L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business in the MIS Department of
the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Karahanna has also held visiting
appointments in Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, and Italy and was on the faculty
at the University of Cyprus and at Florida State University. Elena is also a Senior
Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Business-IT Strategies practice. Her research specialties include HealthCare IT,
Information Systems Leadership, Technology Acceptance and Resistance, and cross-cultural
issues. Her research has been published in leading scholarly journals (e.g., Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research) as well as in practitioner journals (e.g., MIS Quarterly Executive, Cutter Benchmark Review, Business Horizons). Dr. Karahanna currently serves as Senior Editor of Information Systems Research and has served as senior editor at MIS Quarterly and the Journal of AIS and on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the European Journal of Information Systems.
The MIS Department Colloquium Series brings the MIS team (faculty and PhD students)
together to learn and support each other as they engage in research. Guests are always
invited to sit in any of the Friday (10:30 AM) Colloquium and meet our MIS faculty
and PhD students. In addition to presentation of our faculty's current research, high
profile speakers are brought in every semester such as Dr. Ritu Agarwal, Editor-in-Chief
of Information System Research, and Dr. Detmar Straub, Editor-in-Chef of MIS Quarterly, the two top journals in the MIS field.
Dr. Insu Park joins MIS Department as an Instructor
Aug 26, 2011
Dr. Insu Park has joined the Department of Management Information Systems as an instructor.
Starting this fall, he will be teaching MIS 2749 which is a foundation course about
Information Systems. He earned his Ph.D. in Management (major in MIS and minor in
marketing) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
His research interest includes IT/IS impacts on individual behavior/organizational
performance, e-commerce and consumer behavior, trust/risk/service issues, and information
assurance. His research findings have appeared at the International Journal of Electronic Commerce (IJEC), Information & Management, Decision
Support Systems (DSS), IEEE Transactions on System, Man and Cybernetics, Journal of
Information System Security, and International Journal of Electronic Government Research. His academic contribution includes two book chapters and several conference proceedings
including AOM, ICIS, AMCIS, INFORMS etc.
His current research focuses on consumer behavior in e-commerce and Information Assurance
(Security & Privacy). He enjoys exploring research work in other disciplines and is
involved in interdisciplinary research involving management and marketing.
In terms of professional work experience, Dr. Park has worked for a management consulting
company for 6 years as a senior consultant in Korea after the graduate school. He
was responsible for developing long-term and short-term strategic plans and marketing
strategies for many client companies including several banks and telecommunications
companies in South Korea.
In his leisure time, Dr. Park loves to play soccer and baseball. He is a good cook
and enjoys cooking for friends and family.
MIS Department appoints Post Doctoral Fellow
Aug 17, 2011
The Department of Management Information Systems appointed Dr. Sung Yul Ryoo to a
Post Doctoral Fellowship beginning with the Fall 2011 semester. Dr. Ryoo will devote
the next two years to research projects with colleagues in the MIS Department. Dr.
Bill Kettinger will serve as his mentor. He earned a Ph.D. in Information Systems
from Yonsei University in Korea and has been a research faculty member at Sogang University
His research interests are in the areas of B2B e-commerce, supply chain management,
knowledge management, and both individual and organizational issues pertaining to
information systems. Other interests also include the IOS imbalance between buyers
and suppliers, the adoption and impact of social media regarding information privacy
and securities, and IT service outsourcing.
His research findings have been published in journals such as Journal of Business
Research and Omega-The International Journal of Management Science. He has refereed
proceedings from international conferences such as Pacific Asia Conference on Information
Systems (2010) and Americas Conference on Information Systems (2011). Dr. Ryoo plans
to submit his research findings for publication in high tier USA journal publication
as well as conference proceedings.
Grant awarded to Dr. Brooks
May 12, 2011
A grant was recently awarded to Dr. Lloyd Brooks, Professor of Management Information
Systems, under the federal Carl Perkins Act for $99,500. Activities under the grant
will involve a partnership with Shelby County Schools to establish an online dual
credit/dual enrollment program for business technology students. High ability students
who are able to meet entrance requirements for the University of Memphis and complete
course requirements can earn dual credit with their college program if they decide
to attend the University of Memphis after graduation from high school. This program
will serve as a test model that can be expanded statewide. The grant will run from
July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
Project Management Offers Students Unique Opportunity: Mentorship, Networking & Workplace
February 24, 2011
The MIS Department has developed a unique and innovative opportunity for the students
of the University of Memphis to interact with local business professionals through
the integration of project management into MIS courses. It is an educational and business
alliance that has been built between the University of Memphis Fogelman College of
Business & Economics with the Project Management Institute, Memphis Chapter. The alliance
is coordinated by U of M advisors Dr. Robin Poston, Dr. Sandra Richardson, and Dr.
Gertrude Moeller, PMP, Director of Academic Outreach for the PMI Memphis Chapter.
This collaboration enables the students to acquire business knowledge from the business
world and work with current business leaders in project management fields. Students
are able to learn through their mentors, guest speakers, and a review panel that evaluates
the finished projects. In the basic class, students are able to apply the project
concepts in order to complete the task to propose a new PDA application all the while
under the guidance of a mentor from the given PMI field. In the advanced class, the
projects assigned to the students are actual business projects done within one of
the partnered organizations. According to Dr. Richardson, these projects are one-of-a-kind
opportunities for students to experience the real workplace and learn to build their
professional network at the same time.
In the basic class, the projects from last semester dealt with SmartPhone applications.
Some of the applications tracked college basketball teams, accessed information from
local Blockbuster stores, became universal remotes or identified insects through the
phone’s camera. The students participate in authentic project simulations from the
workplace. These activities, give them a clear insight on how project management really
works by putting what they have learned in the classroom into action. Graduate student
Amir Baghaipour, who took this course last year, recalled his interactions with PMI
as an “enriching experience.” He was able to “become familiar with the intricacies
and documentation needed to complete a simulation of a business IT project.” Amir
says he has acquired more exposure to the industry than most people can obtain through
an internship. U of M students hope to use the contacts from PMI to network after
graduation in order to further their careers. It is a unique opportunity in which
few people have the chance to partake.
Students are mentored by project manager professionals from the Memphis Chapter of
PMI from organizations like AutoZone, CIBER, FedEx, Medtronic, International Paper
and Sedgwick CMS. A program with such high involvement from local business professionals
is hard to come by for students. Dr. Poston is well aware of the unique and valuable
experience that is offered to her students. She says, “I really think there is so
much value that students can gain from interaction with industry professionals. It
raises the bar for their performance, introduces them to networking, and grounds theory
with practical application.”
MIS undergrad courses online: A big success
February 14, 2011
MIS is proud to be one of only three departments within the college at the University
of Memphis to offer undergraduate classes online. Currently there are about 300 students
enrolled in online classes, as the course selection is expanding. All required courses,
except two, that are offered for a MIS degree are also offered online. The MIS Department
has made huge progress in implementing the online program within the last two years
and hopes to have phased in all courses and elements by the spring semester of 2012.
Students can earn an online BBA with a concentration in (MIS) management and information
systems. Online course offerings provide students the opportunity to get a degree
without physically being on campus. However, students can also take a variety of combinations
of online or on-campus classes if desired.
With the expanding course options online, the MIS Department is hoping to attract
student[b] from all over the country and even the world, as there are many advantages
to taking courses online. They do not restrict students within the confines of a classroom.
It also allows students to come from more diverse backgrounds, for example traveling
business professionals or international students. Online courses are the more flexible
option for those who may not be traditional students.
Overall, the option to take online courses is a great opportunity. Students are able
to take the same classes offered on campus wherever they may be located. Although
deadlines and assignments are much like traditional classes, online courses are more
flexible and have advantages that reach beyond a classroom. Dr. Thomas Meservy is
the online coordinator for the department and developed the certification process
for the professors. He acknowledges that “we live in a knowledge economy and interacting
in virtual teams is not a new concept and will continue to be very important… It is
inevitable that these students will learn to use these skills from online classes.
It is a great platform for their future continuous education”.
In general, the students comment about the missing the personal face to face interaction
with classmates as well as faculty. In a traditional classroom there is an opportunity
of learning through discussions, which may be missing online. This brought about the
idea of integrating the use of Social media and other collaborative tools to bridge
the gap. Dr. Brian Janz has been a pioneer in the implementation of the online courses
within the department and the college. He has been teaching online courses for 4 years
now including online MBA courses. He recommends using social media, such as Facebook
and LinkedIn, to create a more communal atmosphere for online students. Dr. Janz notes,
“There is a place for online education in today’s world. That being said, faculty
and students need to understand the differences between online and traditional “on-ground”
learning in order to maximize the benefits for all. Online faculty have to make sure
that online courses are prepared and designed specifically for the “virtual classroom”
to achieve the same learning objectives they have for “on-ground” programs, and the
students need to realize that online learning requires more self-discipline in order
to stay on top of their assignments and other course requirements.”
Common misconceptions of online classes are that they are drastically different from
the traditional class. However, the same professors that teach the traditional classes
are also teaching the online classes. Instructors must obtain the certification in
order to be eligible to teach online courses. They go through extensive training and
seminars to become certified. Dr. Lloyd Brooks, MIS Department Chair, recognizes the
importance of keeping the courses consistent standard, whether they are taken online
or in a classroom. He says, “Each course is developed according to a checklist and
our faculty is certified to match online certification standards.”
Memphis had a big presence at ICIS 2010
Last December representatives from the MIS Department traveled to St. Louis, Missouri
to participate in the International Conference on Information Systems ICIS 2011 which
is the premier professional meeting in the IS field.
The University of Memphis was a Bronze Sponsor for the event. Dr. Kettinger was on
the Organizing committee of the ICIS 2010. Overall, the University of Memphis had
a big presence with 8 Ph.D. students and 9 faculty members partaking in the conference
activities. The Ph.D. students worked the conference as volunteers while simultaneously
obtaining an unparalleled learning experience. They did a remarkable job assisting
in the management of the event, as well as taking advantage of the opportunities to
further their knowledge and gaining experience from MIS prominent researchers and
the Industry leaders.
Dr. Kettinger and Dr. Zhang presented their paper “Winning by playing the zones: The
C-Suite and the information value chain” in the pre-ICIS SIM academic workshop. The
research focused on proposing a zonal informed strategic management framework that
help senior executives position information’s role in supporting their value creation
strategies. Dr. Tom Stafford presented his paper titled “Exploring Dimensions of Mobile
Information Technology Dependence” in the conference proceedings.
Doctoral candidate Colin Onita feels that the doctoral consortium was a great opportunity
to meet some of the distinguished researchers of the field and students from other
schools and exchange research ideas and impressions about MIS as a discipline and
what it means to be an MIS academic. He received great feedback and an overall positive
reception of his approach on his dissertation IS Service evaluations – rational and
emotional components. He also presented his work on Emotional and Rational Components
of IS Service Satisfaction and their Impact on IS Service Continuance in the poster
Ph.D. student Deepti Agrawal recognizes ICIS as an excellent opportunity to share
ideas and interact with other scholars and researchers in the field. She says, “It
keeps us informed about the dialogues going on in the field of MIS research.” Furthermore,
first year Ph.D. student Jeff Kaleta feels lucky to have been able to get such exposure
to international MIS professionals and their work in one location, as it might be
rare for others that are early in their academic programs.
MIS Advisory Council Hitting on All Cylinders
November 9, 2010
Over 40 IT executives from the area (and Texas!) have been busy working on behalf
of the Fogelman College's MIS Department's academic programs, students, and faculty.
After last year's review and advisory role in helping to create the most innovative
undergraduate curriculum in the country, the MIS Advisory Board wasted no time in
digging into several new initiatives. (Pictured from left to right are Andre Turner,
MIS Advisory Council Chairman Pat Ruckh, and Coach Josh Pastner).
At their recent semi-annual MIS Advisory Board Meeting held at the new University
Center, board members discussed plans to create a speakers bureau for MIS courses,
an innovative joint venture with the college's MILE program to offer mentoring opportunities
to MIS Honors students, the creation of two scholarships for two deserving undergraduate
MIS majors, as well as funding for doctoral student conferences and MIS faculty teaching
awards. A special treat for attendees was a surprise visit by former Memphis Tiger
basketball star Andre Turner and Coach Josh Pastner, where the coach shared his plans
for the coming basketball season.
The excitement didn't end there. The next day, several board members and their wives
joined MIS Professor Brian Janz, Fogelman Director of Development Kenneth "Ziggy"
Siegfried, Associate Dean Jasbir Dhaliwal, and University Provost Ralph Faudree in
Dr. Faudree's suite at the Liberty Bowl to watch the football Tigers take on the UT
Volunteers. Despite the score of the game, all in attendance had a great time socializing
and getting to know each better.
MIS Department Recognizes Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan as 'Distinguished Alum'
October 8, 2010
Early this October, the department of Management of Information Systems (MIS) had the opportunity to recognize
a University of Memphis Alum, Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan, as a ‘Distinguished Alumni’
for his outstanding work and research in the field of MIS.
Dr. Rajagopalan currently is an associate dean and professor of Management Information
Systems at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan. He started his PhD in Management
Information Systems at the University of Memphis in 1992 after completing with his
Masters in MIS, also at the University Memphis. Promptly, within four years of receiving
his full PhD, Dr. Rajagopalan obtained his tenure as a professor at Oakland University.
As a visiting professor and scholar, Balaji has gained affiliation in several international
universities located in India, China, Finland, and Taiwan. Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan
has also been the recipient of over $1/2 Million in research grants and received other
financial awards that combine to a total well over $600,000. Furthermore, he is well
established in professional conferences with participation in over 33 presentations
and proceedings. He currently serves as Program Co-Chair for AMCIS 2011, hosted in
Detroit, MI next August 2011. Dr. Rajagopalan’s contributions to the field of information
systems have earned him over 20 publications in multiple top journals including Information
Systems Research, Journal of Business Information Systems, Decision Support Systems,
and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. With great distinction, Dr.
Rajagopalan received multiple prestigious awards, including Best Published Research
Paper 2007, in the top ranked journal Information Systems Research.
During his visit, Dr. Rajagopalan had presented his research on open source software
development in the weekly MIS colloquium, an event where researchers can share their
academic pursuits and ideas within the field of information systems (https://umwiki.memphis.edu/display/MIS/Home). In a separate seminar session, MIS PhD students participated in a focus discussion
with Dr. Rajagopalan about his experience in research and publication. Within the
session, he discussed methods for ideation of research topics and developing manuscripts
for top journal publication.
To those who have been able to get know Balaji, regard him as a friendly, enthusiastic
person always with a smile on his face. His willingness to help and contribute to
the knowledge of others was well represented during his warm visit. The department
of Management of Information Systems at the University of Memphis was pleased to receive
Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan and anticipates his future visits.
Publications and Recognitions