||UoM MIS in good company - Top 50
As part of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) sponsored IS Job Index, the
top 50 MIS programs nationally were identified. The University of Memphis MIS Department
was listed among these top tier programs. Criteria considered in the selection: U.S.
schools that have a substantial IS centric major at the undergraduate or graduate
level and have shown excellence in one or more of (a) U.S. News and World Report rankings,
(b) programs/faculty ranked on the AIS basket of journals, and (c) AIS student chapters.
||Bill Kettinger named to national advisory council
Bill Kettinger was named to national advisory council of the IS Job Index. The IS
Job Index is a joint five year project between the Association for Information Systems and the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Temple University to
produce reliable national level data on placement, type of jobs, satisfaction, and
on related factors such as career services, knowledge level, preparedness, and search
strategies. The project will produce an annual IS job index report, and is intended
to become the first systematic national assessment of the IS job market.
This national advisory council will act as a steering committee for the IS job index
and provide input on future research.
Dr. Brian Janz wins Best Paper Award
Dr. Brian Janz was awarded the Best Overall Paper Award which was presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual Conference in Sante Fe, New Mexico in March 2013. This paper discusses organizational change
among new software development teams.
Gondo, M., Amis, J.M., Janz, B., & Varadaman, J. Elaborating Change: The (Re)Production
of a Legitimate Practice. Paper presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual
Meeting, Sante Fe, NM, March, 2013. Winner, Best Overall Paper Award.
| Apr. 2013
Bill Kettinger awarded Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Austria
Bill Kettinger, FedEx Chair of Excellence in MIS, has been awarded a Fulbright Visiting
Professorship for the period from April to July 2013. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program
sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this
goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided participants—chosen for
their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach
and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared
Dr. Kettinger’s primary activities for the Fulbright appointment will be to significantly
advance a continuing line of research with colleague Dr. Tina Wakolbinger, Professor
of Supply Chain at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The title of the research project is: "From Cradle to Grave: Using Information Embedded
in Products to Transform Closed Loop Supply Chains." He will also present seminars
and lectures to masters and PhD students at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and elsewhere in Europe. Dr. Lloyd Brooks,
MIS Department Chair, reports, "Dr. Kettinger is only the second professor in the Department of MIS to be awarded a Fulbright Visiting Professorship,
so this is a big and rare honor for Dr. Kettinger and the University of Memphis."
Bill Kettinger appointed Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly
Dr. Bill Kettinger, FedEx Chair of Excellence in Management Information Systems, recently
accepted an appointment as Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly after previously serving as Associate Editor. In addition, he recently completed
a 4-year term as Associate Editor of Information Systems Research (ISR). These two journals are the two highest ranked academic journals in the management
information systems field.
MIS Quarterly is consistently ranked among the elite business school journals in terms of ISI Impact.
The editorial objective of the MIS Quarterly is the enhancement and communication of knowledge concerning the development of IT-based
services, the management of IT resources, and the use, impact and economics of IT
with managerial, organizational and societal implications.
Dr. Kettinger will continue serving as Senior Editor on MISQ Executive, the top ranked practitioner oriented academic journal in MIS. “We are extremely
proud of Dr. Kettinger,” said Lloyd Brooks, MIS Department Chair at FCBE. “It is a
rare honor to have a member of the faculty appointed as a senior editor of the two
most highly ranked journals in the MIS field.”
Lloyd Brooks and Jasbir Dhaliwal named to Professorships for Exemplary Leadership
Dr. Lloyd Brooks, MIS Department Chair, and Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, MIS Professor and
Associate Dean, have both been awarded Professorships for Exemplary Leadership. This honor is in recognition for the leadership both have demonstrated over the years
in setting the MIS Department and College on their positive trajectory. These Professorship
carry a monetary amount of $10,000/year for 5 years. Three donors for these professorships
are Morgan Morton, Larry Papasan and Michael Cook.
Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal included in the Class of 2013 Principal Investigator Millionaires
and Dr. Robin Poston selected as First Time Principal Investigator
Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, Associate Dean and Professor of MIS, will be one of only 9 people
in the University to be included in the Class of 2013 Principal Investigator Millionaires
with the MIS department listed as one of only nine in the University to be included
in this classification. A funded grant with a $1 million or higher award is required
to achieve this designation. Dr. Dhaliwal’s dedicated effort lead to secure this grant
and bring recognition to the department and the Fogelman College as well as to himself.
Dr. Robin Poston, Associate professor of MIS, was given recognition as one of only
three members of the Fogelman College faculty to become a First Time Principal Investigator.
As a principal investigator, Dr. Poston will carry responsibility for the direction
and completion of the research project under her lead.
Jasbir and Robin will be honored during the University of Memphis Research Celebration
and PI/Author Reception in the University Center (Ballroom C) at 2:30 p.m. on February
||Dr. Kettinger mentors at ICIS Junior Faculty Consortium
Dr. Bill Kettinger served as a senior faculty mentor at the Junior faculty Consortium
at the 2012 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) on December 16th
in Orlando, Florida.
The ICIS Junior Faculty Consortium is an all day event that consists of panels, discussions,
role-playing, and other interactive sessions built around issues related to becoming
a successful member of the professoriate. Each activity was facilitated by a select
group of 10 highly-successful IS faculty from universities around the world. Forty
promising junior faculty from research universities were selected to participate.
Topics covered include: research strategies, publishing issues, building a network
of colleagues, teaching strategies and issues, tenure pitfalls and experiences, time
management, collegiality and academic norms, and work-life balance.
Dr. Stafford appointed Associate Editor at I&M
Dr. Thomas F. Stafford has accepted an offer to serve as Associate Editor for the
Information and Management journal starting January 2013.
MIS Professor receives Department of Defense Grant
||Dr. Judy Simon, Professor of Management Information Systems, has been awarded a 2012-2013
Department of Defense grant titled “Development of DOD IASP Scholarship.” IASP represents
their Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Dr. Simon is the Principal Investigator for this funded grant project as part of her
role as Co-Director of the University’s Center for Information Assurance (CfIA). She
will serve as Point of Contact between student recipients and representatives of the
Department of Defense and National Security Agency. These scholarships are highly
competitive, nationwide scholarships among all universities that have the designation
from the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information
Assurance Education. Funding for tuition, books, and supplies, as well as a substantial
stipend for living costs, is provided to students who are selected by the National
Security Agency for this scholarship.
Two students will receive scholarships this year under the terms of the grant. Both
of the selected students will be Fogelman College of Business and Economics students.
||Dr. Robin Poston recognized as Outstanding Associate Editor at the 2012 Decision Sciences Journal editorial team reception
The Decision Sciences Journal (DSJ) is a quarterly, professional journal that uses the latest computer technology, mathematical
and statistical techniques, and behavioral science. It is an A+ journal for the Fogelman
College and incorporates research read by faculty and students as well as corporate
personnel and consultants from multi-disciplinary functional areas of business. Dr.
Poston was recognized by the editorial team for her excellent services to the journal
and an announcement of her recognition will appear on the journal’s website as well
as printed in an upcoming issue.
||Dr. Kettinger receives recognition for published article
Dr. Bill Kettinger, Professor and FedEx Chair of Excellence at Fogelman College, has
been recognized for his academic contributions in the field of Management Information
Systems. His paper, "The Successful Implementation of Customer Relationship Management
(CRM) System Projects," has been designated as the best article of 2011 by a prestigious
academic journal. The article was published in DATABASE, an Association of Computer
Machinery (ACM) journal. Since its recognition as best article of 2011, Dr. Kettinger's
paper has been subsequently nominated to compete in the annual Association of Information
Systems (AIS) best paper competition. The article was co-authored with Varun Grover
(Clemson), Khawaja Saeed (Wichita State) and Subo Guha (Computer Associates Inc.).
Dr. Kettinger's research interests range from Digital Business Strategy, IS Service
Quality, Strategic Information Management, IT-enabled Platform Organizations, IT-enabled
Control of Autonomous Professionals and Process Redesign.
||Distinguished Teaching awarded to MIS faculty member
The 2012 University Distinguished Teaching Award will be awarded to Dr. Thomas Meservy,
Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, during the Faculty Convocation,
which will be held on April 20, 2012. The Award will be presented to the only four
The Distinguished Teaching Award is funded and sponsored by the University of Memphis
Alumni Association. This award annually recognizes excellence in teaching at the undergraduate
and graduate levels. The selection process also includes assessment of the faculty
member by his or her students and administrative head. This is a big personal and
professional honor for Tom, but it is also a big honor for the Department of Management
Information Systems and the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.
||University of Memphis MIS curriculum gains world-wide exposure
In the Fall of 2010, the Fogelman College of Business and Economics’ MIS Department
implemented a completely reengineered undergraduate curriculum based in part on the
Association for Information System’s model MIS curriculum, and in the process became
one of the first MIS Departments in the world to offer the leading-edge curriculum.
One aspect that really sets the new curriculum apart from others is how it was developed:
the MIS department’s faculty worked with local IT executives from their MIS Advisory
Council to insure that graduates from the new curriculum possess the skills needed
most by the business community. As a result of this collaboration, in addition to
courses in IT infrastructure, IT architectures, information management, and systems
development, the team went on to design a course in critical thinking and project
management that is now required for all undergraduate business students.
||Dr. Kettinger editorial appointment at ISR extended
Bill Kettinger, the FedEx Chair of Excellence in MIS, has been asked to extend his
three year appointment as Associate Editor of Information Systems Research (ISR).
Ritu Agarwal, Editor in Chief of ISR, announced on November 12, 2011 at the INFORMS
Annual Conference in Charlotte NC that Dr. Kettinger has accepted an extended term
as Associate Editor. Information Systems Research is a journal of INFORMS, the Institute
for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Information Systems Research
is ranked as one of the top two journals in the information systems field, advancing
theory, research, and intellectual development focused on information systems in organizations,
the economy, and society.
In addition to his associate editorship at ISR, Professor Kettinger currently services as Senior Editor (2010 - current) of Management Information Systems Quarterly Executive (MISQE), the top ranked applied research journal in MIS. He also currently sits on the editorial
board of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS) (fourth ranked journal in MIS) and from 2007-2009 he served as an Associate
Editor of MIS Quarterly, the top ranked journal in MIS.
||Dr. Poston named AE at EJIS
Dr. Robin Poston, Associate Professor of MIS, has accepted an invitation from Richard
Baskerville, the Editor-in-Chief, to serve as an Associate Editor for the highly ranked
journal, the European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), starting January 2012
for a three-year appointment. EJIS publishes research about the theory and practice
of information systems for a global audience. The journal publishes research articles
that provide a critical view on technology, development, implementation, strategy,
management, and policy. In addition to being a new AE at EJIS, Dr. Poston continues
to serve as AE for another highly ranked journal entitled Decision Sciences. An Associate
Editor (AE) provides service to the academic community, and engages in governing over
the process of reviewing some of the best reports of the latest research in the IS
field. An AE is responsible for organizing and managing referee panels for submissions
assigned by areas of interest.
||Dr. Janz quoted in Computerworld article on lack of skills in IT grads
An article titled “7 key skills new IT grads are lacking” published in Computerworld
on October 12, 2011 quotes Dr. Brian Janz, MIS professor at the University of Memphis's
Fogelman College of Business and Economics and associate director of the university's
FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management on the role of colleges in addressing the
problem of lack of skills in IT grads.
The article identifies seven crucial areas in which the new IT grads require more
coaching. These areas include among others an understanding of basic business functions,
experience with enterprise systems integration and Knowledge of emerging enterprise
technologies. The articles states “…The university [of Memphis] is in its second year
of following the IS 2010 model curriculum designed by the Association for Information
Systems (AIS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which calls for teaching
tech students both IT skills and professional skills such as communication and leadership.
The switch has brought more business studies into the MIS coursework…”
The article mentions Dr. Janz’s quote "There are always going to be gaps that are
going to be very specific to the hiring organization, but we can make sure the foundation
is there…If we can give them the sound foundation, [businesses] can give them the
stuff specific to their organization."
Click here to read the full Computerworld article.
||Dr. Brian Janz moderates the Society for Information Management (SIM) strategy series
Dr. Brian Janz moderates the Society for Information Management (SIM) Strategy Series
titled, “Unleashing the Power of IT for Innovation and Growth." The SIM Strategy Series
is an annual day-long event for Information Technology executives and their colleagues
(CFOs, CEOs, etc.).
||Dr. Stafford edits MISQ Special Issue
Dr. Stafford is Special Editor of a MIS Quarterly Research Commentary section entitled:
Special Research Commentary Series on Advanced Methodological Thinking for Quantitative
Research. MIS Quarterly, June 2011, Vol. 35 Issue 2, pXV-XVI, 2p. The issue involves
a Special Research Commentary Series on Advanced Methodological Thinking for Quantitative
Research that is intended to become a citation classic with its series of discussions
on formative structural modeling and measurement validation.
||Dr. Meservy secures MIS Advisory Council Outstanding Teacher Award
The Advisory Council for the Department of Management Information Systems created
an outstanding teacher award this year to recognize creative and innovative teaching
in the department. The first awardee was Dr. Thomas Meservy, Assistant Professor.
The selection committee consisted of two department chairs and one student. Dr. Meservy
was recognized for his outstanding teaching as evidenced by student evaluations, leadership
with the online instructional program in the department and college, and creative
and innovative teaching style.
||Dr. Kettinger's book recognized by Wall Street Journal
A book published by Wiley Publising Company and written by MIS Professor and FedEx
Chair of Excellence holder Dr. William Kettinger (with Don Marchand and John Rollins)
"Making the Invisible Visible: How Companies Win with the Right Information, People
and IT" was recognized in the Monday, April 25, 2011 Wall Street Journal in an article
titled “Making Sense of It all: Getting Knowledge From Information”.
The article recommends five books that executives need to read if they want to “…
harness technology to make the most of information.” Concerning Kettinger’s book,
Thomas Davenport states in the article that “…It describes the concept of “information
orientation” and how it produces better organizational performance. Based on a substantial
research study, it’s undeniably formulaic. However, I believe the formula they advocate
is right on, and any CIO would benefit from trying it”.
||AMIS recognized by AIS for its “Outstanding Professional Development” and “Outstanding
||The Association of Management Information Systems (AMIS), the student organization
of the MIS department, was recently recognized by the Association of Information Systems
(AIS) for “Outstanding Professional Development” and “Outstanding Membership Activities.”
The awards were presented at the International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS)
in St. Louis in December 2010.
The student organization at the University of Memphis was one of the founding student
chapters of the AIS and has a vibrant program of professional and social activities
each semester. AMIS’ mission is to introduce students to the MIS profession and provide
them with opportunities that will enhance their educational and social development
as an MIS professional. We invite you to join us for our activities this semester.
You can find out more information about the organization by contacting Brandon Jones
(AMIS President) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Margaret Schultz or Thomas
Meservy (Faculty Advisors).
||Dr. Brian Janz moderates the Society for Information Management (SIM) Strategy Series
entitled, “Surviving and Thriving in Any Economy."
||The SIM Strategy Series is an annual day-long event for Information Technology executives
and their colleagues (CFOs, CEOs, etc.).
||Dr. Simon has been awarded her third grant from the Department of Defense.
||This latest grant is entitled "Development of Online Graduate Courses in Business
Information Assurance.” The online content will be directed toward the four graduate
Management Information Systems courses that are part of the graduate Business Information
Assurance certificate program. This certificate program is being implemented in the
Fall 2010 semester.
||Dr. Robin Poston was one of the leading FCBE faculty members who developed and delivered
an intensive training program to over 90 Pinnacle Executives.
||Dr. Robin S. Poston, wins the prestigious 2010-2011 Suzanne Downs Palmer Award in
||The purpose of the Palmer Awards is to recognize outstanding individual faculty contributions
to achieving the research mission of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics.
||Dr. Brian Janz, wins 2009-2010 FCBE Best Conceptual Paper award. Drs. Poston, Kettinger
and Simon secure the second place.
||Each year, the FCBE presents 'best paper' awards in empirical and conceptual categories.
The awards are adjudicated by the College's Graduate Studies Doctoral Sub-Committee.
In addition to plaques, award winners receive $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd
place. In the Conceptual/Theoretical Category, this year we have
1st Place, BRIAN JANZ, MIS, and Pattarawan Prasarnphanich. "Freedom to Cooperate:
Gaining Clarity Into Knowledge Integration in Information Systems Development Teams,"
IEEE's Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 56, Issue 4, 2009, 621-635.
2nd Place, ROBIN POSTON, MIS, WILLIAM J. KETTINGER, MIS, and JUDY SIMON, MIS "Managing
The Vendor Set: Achieving Best Pricing and Quality Service in IT Outsourcing," MIS
Quarterly Executive, 8(2), June 2009, 1-14.
||Dr. Bill Kettinger served as a senior faculty camp counselor at the Americas Conference
on Information Systems Conference “Junior Faculty Camp” in Lima Peru.
||This camp is offered to MIS junior faculty from universities throughout the world
to help them to adjust to the research and teaching challenges of a faculty career.
||MIS Department Initiates Joint Education Program with Hubei University, China
||Drs. Robin Poston and David Allen selected to lead the EMBA 2011 International Residency
to Hong Kong and China
||Dr. Varun Grover visits to discuss The Current State and Future of the IS Field
||Drs. Poston and Kettinger, and PhD Candidate Hu present a research paper on Harnessing
the Power of Online Social Networking Services at the SIM Academic Workshop
||December 15, 2009. Corporate employees are using Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Orkut,
Yahoo! 360°, LinkedIn, and other online social networking services (OSNS) in the workplace.
Adding to the managerial challenge of how employees use OSNS is the fact that this
technology was not borne in the corporate setting but rather in the social off-work
context of informality, fun, and friendship. Based on research access provided by
a local Fortune 500 companies, the paper looks at employee OSNS usage behaviors and
what companies should be doing about it. Because these behaviors already exist, senior
executives cannot start fresh but need to understand how OSNS behaviors are formed
in order to develop the appropriate OSNS usage policies and procedures. This paper
lends insights into harnessing employee OSNS behaviors in order to proactively maximize
employees’ knowledge networks while protectively minimizing corporate security breaches
and brand damage. We find corporate strategies comprise protective issues (information
disclosure risks and wasted time) and proactive issues (social network maintenance
and knowledge sharing). The paper concludes with a discussion of overarching principles
recommended for harnessing OSNS behaviors.
||U of M’s AMIS chapter takes field trip to International Paper’s Data Center
||On October 9th, sixteen students from a new student organization called “AMIS” (Association
for Management Information Systems) and their faculty advisor, Dr. Margaret Schultz,
went on a field trip to International Paper’s Data Center. James Dutkowsky and several
others from the Information Technology Team spoke to them about IP’s organizational
structure, IP’s many lines of business, and the supportive role that information technology
plays in achieving their strategic objectives. Students learned about IP’s IT CORE
program (a job-rotation program for new hires that are recent college graduates) and
the wide variety of job positions and career paths that are available in their IT
Division. Two recent grads from the U of M spoke about how they got their jobs at
IP and what the transition was like from college student to IT professional. Afterwards,
the students toured IP’s most impressive data center facilities where they saw a huge
array of blade servers, the massive data storage area network, backup power generators,
and IP’s own cell-phone signal relay station. Students also learned about the many
safety mechanisms and procedures that are in place to protect the company’s equipment
from damage or destruction due to fire, earth quake or power loss.
||U of M’s AMIS chapter takes field trip to the U of M Data and Network Operations Center
||On October 29th, seventeen students from a new student organization called “AMIS”
(Association for Management Information Systems) and their faculty advisor, Dr. Margaret
Schultz, went on a field trip to the University’s Data and Network Operations Center.
During the first part of the field trip, students talked with Dr. Doug Hurley, CIO
and VP of Information Technology for the University and Ms. Ellen Watson, Associate
VP of Information Technology and deputy CIO for the University. Dr. Hurley and Ms.
Watson spoke to the students about IT governance, IT management, and specific ITD
hiring practices and job positions. Afterwards, Mark Reavis, Director of the Network
Services Department, took the students on a tour of the Data and Network Operation
Center in Jones Hall. During the tour, students observed and learned about the hardware
and other system components that provide the data, voice, and video communication
services for the entire University. They learned about the costs associated with setting
up and maintaining a high capacity data and networking facility, the safety precautions
that must be in place to protect the data and equipment, and the procedures that would
be followed if it were necessary to recover from an event that caused data loss or
||MIS PhD student, Shane Banks, leads student-run PhD orientation
||Third-year PhD student, Shane Banks, led the first ever student-run PhD orientation
for the department of Management Information Systems. Banks was assisted by fellow
PhD students Colin Onita and Aaron Peevyhouse. Banks and his compatriots devised the
student-run orientation in a continuing effort to improve communication and collaboration
among PhD students in the MIS department. The orientation, which was held on Friday,
4 Sep 2009, offered students a detailed glimpse into the trials and successes that
they will encounter in their next few years. The trio of senior PhD students built
upon the college-wide PhD orientation by emphasizing the importance of collaboration
with fellow PhD students of every discipline. Banks led the discussion by detailing
the problems that can afflict PhD students while offering solutions via personal stories
of his experience in the program. To round out the orientation, Peevyhouse and Onita
discussed tips for organization and methods for finding articles to assist in research.
They also demonstrated the student-created wiki, an indispensable tool that houses
knowledge compiled and created by students in years past. While the focus of the
orientation was to provide first year students with practical lessons for how to succeed
in the PhD program, the trio of veteran students also provided an intimate platform
for students to freely ask questions. With such an open platform, students asked many
questions that went directly to the heart of what is expected of them as scholars.
||Dr. Bill Kettinger serves as a Camp Counselor at the AMCIS Faculty Camp for junior
faculty in San Francisco
||The AMCIS MIS Camp uses interactive sessions with junior and senior faculty to explore
the stresses and joys of balancing one's teaching, research, and personal life to
assist junior faculty as they begin their academic careers.
||Dr. Bill Kettinger and MIS PhD Students Lakshman Mahadevan and Rahul Paul present
a paper appearing in the 2009 AMCIS proceedings
||Dr. Robin Poston receives the Fogelman College of Business and Economics 2008 Best
Paper Award for second place in the empirical category
||Dr. Poston receives the award for a paper published a top academic research journal,
Decision Sciences. The paper focuses on how people decide whether to obtain services
through online, self-service technologies or traditional, non-technological alternatives.
A model of behaviors is tested in the brokerage services context, using observations
obtained via survey. Given the growing popularity of online investing combined with
the challenging prospect of making optimal decisions in an inherently risky environment,
the context offers insights of practical and theoretical importance.