Naveen Kumar's research nominated for best paper award at CIST

October 31, 2017

Dr. Naveen Kumar of the Business Information and Technology Department was honored to have his paper, "Exit, Voice, and Response on Digital Platforms: An Empirical Investigation of Online Management Response Strategies," nominated for the Best Paper award at Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST) in Houston, TX. In the paper, Dr. Kumar, along with his co-authors Liangfei Qiu (University of Florida) and Subhodha Kumar (Temple University), empirically examined the impact of online management responses on business performance and their spillover effect on nearby business. Held just prior to the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) conference, CIST features 210 research papers that examine strategic, economic, and policy implications of the opportunities and threats of digital innovations of today and those that are unfolding. Other best paper nominees included researchers from the University of Texas-Dallas, the University of Illinois, the University of Connecticut, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Judith Simon Appointed to National Cybersecurity Panel

August 30, 2017

Dr. Judith Simon, professor in the Department of Business Information & Technology (BIT), has joined the National CyberWatch Center's Curriculum Standards Panel (NCC-CSP) for the Cybersecurity Foundation Series as part of the Information Security Fundamentals (ISF) course. According to Dr. Simon, "this project is an extensive effort to develop standard content to use nationwide regarding an appropriate curriculum on cybersecurity." Being one of only a few business faculty included on this project is an honor, and BIT is proud to be represented by Dr. Simon.

BIT Department's Jasmine Jackson earns the Dave J. Miller Excellence Award

May 1, 2017

At the 10th International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing, held at the FedEx Institute of Technology, BIT student Jasmine Jackson received the Dave J. Miller Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in software testing coursework. The award comes with a stipend for Ms. Jackson. Dave Miller was personally presented this award in front of an audience of 95 testing professionals and academics attending the workshop run by the System Testing Excellence Program (STEP). STEP is an interdisciplinary research program that brings together the Departments of Business Information and Technology, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering to engage with industry partners in advancing the science of software testing.

"I was honored and thrilled to present the Excellence Award to Jasmine for all of the exceptional work she has done in software testing," said Dave Miller, former VP of IT at FedEx Services, owner of Miller Mentoring and Consulting, and co-founder of STEP. "Jasmine is a model for others, demonstrating talent and character in her work. She will always be remembered as being the first to earn this award. I am extremely proud of her for representing the essence of excellence in software testing."

DeNisha Malone awarded the UofM Multicultural Affairs Dedication Award

April 23, 2017

DeNisha Malone, an undergraduate student in the Department of Business Information and Technology, earned the University of Memphis Multicultural Affairs Dedication Award for her leadership. She earned this award for her hard work within the Multicultural Affairs office, while still showing a continuous growth in her academic career. She has also exhibited her leadership qualities as the president of the African Students' Association for two years, while obtaining and working in four internships, maintaining a strong relationship with three mentees, and earning a position on the Fogelman College Dean's list each semester.

"Ms. Malone is an inspiration. She takes advantage of opportunities where she can grow and learn in order to help organizations move forward to the next level," said Dr. Robin Poston, chair of the Department of Business Information and Technology.

BIT Ph.D. Students Receive Awards in 2017 Student Research Forum

March 27, 2017

Sungjin Yoo and He Li, Ph.D. students in the BIT department, ranked first and second, respectively, in the the Business and Economics category of the University of Memphis' 2017 Annual Student Research Forum. Sungjin Yoo's research paper, which was conducted under the advisement of Dr. Bill Kettinger, is titled "The Disruptive Effects of Digital Platform's Entry on Non-High-Tech Industry: A Text Mining and Econometric Approach," and it investigated how incumbents in a traditional industry (i.e., relatively lower level of technology concentration such as hospitality) adjust their competitive actions in response to the entry of digital platforms. He Li's research paper titled, "Curbing Corruption through Institutional Governance, ICT, and Open Government Data: A Country-Level Empirical Analysis," was also advised by Dr. Bill Kettinger and Dr. Chen Zhang in the BIT department. This study empirically examined the influences of institutional governance quality, Information and Communication Technology use, and open government data on the perception of corruption in a nation.

The University of Memphis Student Research Forum is hosted annually by the Graduate School, the University Honors Program, and the Graduate Student Association to showcase the diverse research of undergraduate and graduate students. It also provides a venue for University of Memphis students to develop their presentation skills in a formal yet supportive environment.

BIT Ph.D. graduates earn best paper award at SAIS conference

March 25, 2017

Business Information & Technology (BIT) Ph.D. graduates, Dr. Lakshman Mahadevan and Dr. Jeffrey Kaleta, recently earned the best paper award at the Southern Association for Information Systems (SAIS) conference held on St. Simons Island, Georgia. SAIS is an official chapter of the Association for Information Systems. Dr. Lakshman Mahadevan is an associate professor at Rajagiri Centre for Business Studies, Kochi, India. Dr. Jeffrey Kaleta is an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University. Their paper is entitled "Consumer Perceptions about E-Commerce – The Influence of Public Internet Trust."

Access to the internet from public places has further strengthened the internet as an anywhere- everywhere concept. Globally more businesses offer free public Wi-Fi for their customers. Their research looks at customer attitude towards the use of free public Wi-Fi for e-commerce transactions, specifically, how does trust of the free public internet influence customer perception of the security of the e- commerce retailer websites. The authors conducted a brief study of participants in both the US and India on their perceptions of conducting e-commerce transactions using free public Wi-Fi. The results show that the trust of the free public internet is a significant predictor of perceived security of the e-commerce website. Encrypted connections notwithstanding, businesses may need to stress the message that their website is safe to transact over public Wi-Fi.

"Such success is a testament to the excellent training Lakshman and Jeff received from Dr. Chen Zhang, BIT Ph.D. program advisor, and other BIT faculty," said Dr. Robin Poston, chair of the Department of BIT.

Dr. Simon invited to the National CyberWatch Center's curriculum standards panel

October 2016

Dr. Judy Simon, professor in the Department of Business Information and Technology, was recently named as a member of the National CyberWatch Center's curriculum standards panel. The panelists are representatives from various universities and corporate communities. The National CyberWatch Center is a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

The current project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will extend the initial work of the Curriculum Task Force by applying psychometrically-valid instructional design techniques to develop a model learning taxonomy of declarative, procedural, and situational knowledge and corresponding skills and abilities. The model is intended to provide guidance toward standardization of cybersecurity curricula and to facilitate rapid prototyping, development and dissemination of adaptive, accelerated learning systems that substantially improve cybersecurity workforce capability maturity. Dr. Simon has served as co-director of the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance from its inception and she has been active in efforts that have led to the University's certificates in Cyber Defense and Cyber Education.

Dr. Poston named the AIS representative to the NCWIT leadership team

October 2016

Dr. Robin Poston, professor and chair of the department of Business Information and Technology, was recently named as the Association for Information Systems (AIS) representative of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) leadership team. This role was formerly held by past AIS President Jane Fedorowicz.

The AIS' mission is to serve society in the advancement of knowledge and excellence in the study and profession of information systems. As part of this mission, AIS works with the NCWIT Leadership Team to increase women's participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Current initiatives include: making impacts on K-12 with representation at the White House, supporting Black Girls & Women in Technology Roundtable events, promoting college member recruitment for the Aspirations in Computing Community, encouraging Corporate Technology Inclusion Pledges, supporting Hopper Tracy Camp, and organizing workshops and summits.

Dr. Bill Kettinger earns prolific publisher status

August 2016

Dr. Bill Kettinger, FedEx Chair of Excellence and professor in the BIT department, has had five articles published in the Association of Information Systems' (AIS) top six journals for Management Information Systems (MIS) between 2013 – 2015. These six top journals were selected by AIS's senior scholars as representing the best in the MIS field. The AIS is the leading global professional association of information systems scholars.

Furthermore, Dr. Kettinger was the 12th most prolific MIS publisher in the world during 2013 – 2015. He ranked 26th, with 20 articles published, in the same category when the time window was extended to the past 25 years. These achievements demonstrate the success the Department of Business Information and Technology (BIT) strives for at the University of Memphis, as well as the impact it hopes to have on the field of MIS.

Dr. Kettinger works tirelessly for the MIS field and he has served as editor for numerous top journals. He has more than 100 publications, including four books, and he has worked with industry partners over the last 30 years in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Kettinger is a popular teacher and has led dozens of Ph.D. dissertations and has served on many committees throughout the years.

"It is a privilege to work with Dr. Bill Kettinger. He is a true scholar and colleague who tirelessly works to help our department and college move forward, and to provide the best educational experience possible for all of our students and junior faculty," said Dr. Robin Poston, interim chair of the Department of Business Information & Technology.

The Fogelman College leads Tennessee schools in MIS publications

August 2016

Fogelman College of Business and Economics is very pleased to announce that The University of Memphis is the only school in the state of Tennessee to make the list of top global research schools for Management Information Systems. Citing the number of publications by UofM faculty the top six journals from 2011 –2015, the rankings placed Fogelman College's Department of Business Information & Technology as 47th on a competitive list that included schools from 17 different countries. The University of Memphis tied in ranking with Case Western Reserve, George Mason, University of Michigan, Nanyang Technological University, Yonsei University, and the University of Auckland.

The rankings were calculated based on the latest Association of Information Systems (AIS) Research Ranking Service announced on June 15, 2016. The rankings are based on publications in the top journals as selected by the senior scholars of the AIS, which is the leading global professional association of Information Systems scholars.

BIT Student Earned Honorable Mention at the Teradata Challenge

June 2016

Department of BIT student and AMIS member, Deidre Chewning, entered the 2016 Teradata University Network Data Challenge and was one of eight people selected to receive the Honorable Mention award. This award also included a scholarship to attend the conference in Atlanta. Deidre joins other award winners from universities such as Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Purdue, University of South Carolina, and Carnegie Mellon.

Deidre became aware of the Teradata University Network Data Challenge through her Business Intelligence course taught by Dr. Chen Zhang. Dr. Zhang encouraged students to participate in the challenge as a course assignment. Deidre was provided data from Hire Heroes, which is an organization that helps military veterans gain employment once they leave the Armed Services. Using their data, Deidre was able to provide a set of recommendations to help the nonprofit improve their programs in a way that will increase positive outcomes. Deidre will be attending the conference with additional funding support from the BIT Neumann Travelers Program, which covers up to $1,000 for students sharing their work at conferences and other events.

"I'm very proud of Deidre's accomplishment in Teradata University Network's second annual data challenge competition," said Dr. Chen Zhang, associate professor of Business Information and Technology. "I believe her success will help to inspire other students interested in business intelligence and analytics."

Fogelman College Department of Business Information and Technology Receives Recognition for Scholarly PhD Program Education

October 2015

University of Memphis was as 25th in the Top 25 Doctoral Programs in Business 2015. 

The results are out for the Grad School Hub 2015 Top Business PhD Programs, and the Fogelman College ranked No. 25 among public and private institutions. The Grad School Hub ranks education programs by identifying all the universities in the nation that 1) offer Ph.Ds in business, and 2) have an admissions rate of 50% or below, then filter the results by scoring programs based on: Carnegie Classification which measures the faculty's "research activity"; Faculty Citations which measures the rank of "highly cited" researchers as a strong indication of faculty's productivity, quality, and reputation; Specialization Options measured as the number of specialties offered; and Tuition. The Grad School Hub claimed, "We crunched the numbers and gave each school a total score out of 200. Not even Harvard (the #1 pick) earned a perfect score, and that is to be expected. .... These 25 universities blow past the competition when it comes to Ph.D. business programs that are challenging, effective, engaging, and considerately priced." In describing the FCBE programs, the site states, "People who want to teach business at the collegiate level or secure specialized advanced positions in certain industries (management information technology, for example) would do well to pursue a doctorate in business administration – and the University of Memphis can help. The balanced program aims to teach students both quantitative and qualitative skills in the field, as well as help them grow comfortable with the research process." For more details, see: http://www.gradschoolhub.com/best/doctoral-programs-in-business/


June 2015

Dr. Judith C. Simon, professor of Management Information Systems and co-director of the Center for Information Assurance, accepted the certificate of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's selection to renew the U of M's designation as the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). The designation is renewed through academic year 2021.

The Center for Information Assurance was established at the University in 2004 through the collaboration of the Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Criminology and Criminal Justice departments. The Center is active in the advancement of Information Assurance education on campus, focusing on issues that threaten our nation's critical infrastructure and working toward providing solutions that enhance both local and national cyber security efforts. At the forefront of The Center are research, education, and outreach on Information Assurance in the region.

Dr. Simon accepted the certification at the 19th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) earlier this month in Las Vegas, NV.

Judy Simon Receives George Johnson Fellow Award 

May 2015

Dr. Judy Simon, professor of Business Information and Technology, won the George Johnson Fellow Award in the "Service" category. She received this award for serving as one of two directors of the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance, her role on the advisory board of the Complete Professional Program, and being champion of the University's Annual Giving Campaign. Dr. Simon has a long-established reputation as a dedicated and responsible faculty member who will always do more than her share to help the department and college, who will do what is required to complete the task or close the loop, even when that goes beyond the bounds of expectations.

Judy Simon wins George Johnson Fellow Award

Dr. Judy Simon (right) receiving the George Johnson Fellow Award for Service from Dean Rajiv Grover

Dean Grover presented each of these George Johnson Fellow Awards, which recognizes outstanding faculty contributions in the areas of research, teaching, and service. The award included a commemorative plaque and a $10,000 stipend.

Judy Simon Receives MIS Outstanding Teaching Award

May 2015

Dr. Judy Simon, professor of Business Information and Technology, won the MIS Outstanding Teaching Award for her dedication to providing significant value to students. For the past several years, she has taught courses of vital importance to the success of graduates as they embark on careers in Information Systems, Information Assurance, and IT Management. 

Her courses include the undergraduate MIS capstone course that focuses on IT strategy and a wide range of other IT topic s important to be aware of and to understand the managerial issues. Examples of topics of focus in recent years include BYOD, Internet of Things, insider threats to security, 3D printing, social media privacy issues, and many more. The topics change each year to fit the current business IT issues. 

Dr. Simon also teaches graduate courses required for students pursuing a Business Information Assurance Certificate. One course focuses on the overall managerial topics related to information security and privacy. The second course's emphasis is on cyber ethics, drawing students into lively discussions of correct behavior from legal, cultural, and moral perspectives. 

Dr. Simon receives MIS Outstanding Teaching Award

Brian Janz receives 2014 Schulze Award

March 2015

Dr. Brian Janz, professor of MIS, was recently awarded the 2014 Schulze Award for his article entitled "After the Big Idea: Entrepreneurial Success through High Performance Start-Up Teams." His article was published in conjunction with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange (EIX). EIX is an open-access platform for students, faculty, and practitioners of entrepreneurship. Its goal is to spotlight innovations, new ideas, and important research more quickly than traditional scholarly journals and to subject them to the rigors of peer review and the marketplace sooner.

The Schulze Award recognizes the quality and influence Dr. Janz has made to the EIX and to the study and practice of entrepreneurship. In gratitude of his contribution, an academic scholarship of $1,500 will be donated by the Richard Schulze Foundation* to the Fogelman College of Business and Economics per Dr. Janz's request.

This scholarship is intended to support students interested in entrepreneurship, but the selection of the students to receive the benefits of this scholarship is open to all.

To read Dr. Janz's full article, please click here.

Chen Zhang awarded the George Johnson Professorship

May 2014

Chen Zhang, Assistant Professor of MIS, was recently awarded the George Johnson Professorship. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions in achieving the college's mission in research, teaching and service. The professorship carries a five-year appointment and an annual stipend of $10,000.

"I enjoy challenges. As an Assistant Professor, and as a busy mom, I have found it challenging but exciting to do my very best in the classroom, publish in the top tier journals, serve the college and my field. This award is a great honor and wonderful motivation for me to keep addressing new challenges. I am very thankful to Mr. Johnson and the college for their efforts in moving this institution forward", said Dr. Zhang.

Dr. Zhang has published three articles in the elite journal Information Systems Research, in the past five years. This effort has helped move the MIS Department into the top 50 MIS departments in the world publishing in the top quality AIS-6 journals. In addition, Dr. Zhang is an award-winning teacher and advisor to PhD students. She has also actively participated in numerous leadership and service roles, such as co-chairing the MIS Department's Research Colloquium and serving as a member of the College Strategic Planning Initiative.

Robin Poston awarded Ron Hart Emerging Leader Professorship

February 2015

Robin Poston, Associate Professor and Ph.D. Coordinator of MIS, was recently awarded the Ron Hart Emerging Leader Professorship. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated leadership skills and success in advancing programs within Fogelman College. The professorship carries a five-year appointment and an annual stipend of $5,000.

"This professorship encourages those in higher education to keep moving forward and challenging the status quo," said Dr. Poston. "I feel lucky to work at an institution that is dedicated to improving the quality of education we provide, and I am honored to be recognized for my contributions to this effort."

Dr. Poston has actively participated in many leadership roles, such as chairing the MBA Assessments Group and leading the College Strategic Planning Initiative. Dr. Poston is also working to put together a program called Vision 20/20. In various capacities, Dr. Poston is focused on encouraging Ph.D. students to think rigorously while addressing relevant business problems, to connect Project Management Institute mentors with Fogelman students and to work with industry and government in research programs to expand software capabilities.

Bill Kettinger chairs SIM/MISQE Workshop on "Business Payoff of Cloud Services" in Milan, Italy

December 2013

Bill Kettinger served as a program chair for the 2013 SIM/MISQE Academic Workshop on "Business Payoff of Cloud Services" in Milan, Italy on December 14, 2013 at Universita Bocconi - Milan, Italy.
The intent of the SIM - Society for Information Management - and MIS Quarterly Executive Academic Workshop was to examine the strategic business opportunities and management challenges resulting from the tremendous growth in cloud based services. Authors were encouraged to submit in-depth case and/or field studies that analyzed key business practices offering insights on what has proven to work. This workshop is a prelude to a MISQ Executive special issue on the same topic for which Dr. Kettinger is co-editor.

Judy Simon receives approval for National Science Foundation (NSF) grant

September 2013

Dr. Judy Simon, Professor of Management Information Systems and Co-Director of the Center for Information Assurance, has been awarded a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. This grant is in collaboration with investigators at Jackson State Community College and Tennessee Technical University. Its long-term goal is to increase the number of women employed in cybersecurity careers by providing them with summer workshops containing interesting and engaging activities that are related to cybersecurity career topics. This grant gives Dr. Simon two grants within the same year, as she also received a Department of Defense (DoD) grant for the 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Simon has received numerous DoD grants in previous years, either to provide scholarships for students interested in information assurance careers or to provide content that faculty can use to cover specific information assurance topics that are relevant for their courses.

Bill Kettinger mentor at 'PhD project' and AMCIS Doctoral Consortium

August 2013

Bill Kettinger was an invited presenter at the 'The PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Students Association Conference', in Chicago August 13-14 . The PhD Project's mission is to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. The PhD Program attempts to attract African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to business Ph.D. programs, and provide a network of peer support on their journey to becoming professors. Dr. Kettinger discussed hiring strategies with participants and conducted mock interviews with a select group of meeting participants. Dr. Kettinger was also invited to be a mentor and presenter at the 2013 AMCIS Doctoral Consortium on August 15 in Chicago. The AMCIS Doctoral Consortium seeks to help Information Systems doctoral students in the middle of later part of their doctoral studies to develop an effective career plan based on their personal and professional goals. Dr. Kettinger presented on "Getting a Job as an MIS Professor."

Judy Brown and Brian Janz win George Johnson Awards

August 2013

Two MIS faculty members were the inaugural recipients of the George Johnson Fellowship Awards program at the fall faculty meeting. These fellowships, supported by FCBE alumnus George Johnson, are awarded to faculty members each year for their significant contributions in the areas of research, teaching or service.

Dr. Brian Janz, Professor of Management and Information Systems, was awarded the George Johnson Teaching Fellow. Dr. Judy Brown, Management Information Systems Professor, was awarded the George Johnson Service Fellow.

Bill Kettinger, invited editor at ECIS and ICMB

June 2013

Bill Kettinger was an invited speaker at the 21st European Conference on Information Systems in Utrecht, Netherlands. Bill presented on June 8 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 . Tips were also given to PhD students and junior faculty about how to succeed in the academic publication game. Bill also was an invited speaker at the 'Meet-the-Editor Session' at the 12th International Conference on Mobile Business (ICMB 2013) in Berlin, Germany. Representing MISQ and MISQ Executive, he spoke on June 12th presenting the talk, "What could m-commerce and m-business research contribute to IS research?"

Brian Janz and John Amis awarded Best Paper

June 2013

The Academy of Management's Organizational Design and Change Division recently announced that Fogelman College of Business and Economic faculty members, John Amis and Brian Janz, and Department of Management doctoral graduates, Maria Gondo and James Vardaman, have won this year's Best Paper award. Their paper is titled "The Paradox of Fit: How Perceptions of Fit Impede Organizational Change." The awards will be distributed this summer at the Academy of Management's annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Jasbir Dhaliwal delivers key note address

May 2013

Associate Dean, Dr. Jasbir Dhaliwal, was invited to present the keynote address at a software quality and testing conference at Ben Gurion University in Israel on May 28th, 2013. The conference was sponsored by Intel Inc. and the Israeli Testing and Certification Board. Ben Gurion University's departments of information system engineering and industrial engineering management were also joint organizers. The keynote was entitled "Leveraging Academic-industry Collaboration for Software Testing Innovations and Theory Building" and showcased the research successes of the Fogelman College's Systems Testing Excellence Program.

Dr. Jasbir DhaliwalOn the visit, Dr. Dhaliwal also presented an invited lecture to students, faculty, researchers and information technology practitioners at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on May 30th, 2013. This talk was titled "The Fuzzy ART of the SCIENCE of Software Testing". It focused on new information systems perspectives to theory building for software testing and explored the historical evolution of testing best practices in industry as a means of understanding underlying theoretical notions. The audience was also challenged to think innovatively about the interplay between arts and science in software testing and the nature of "theory" that was emerging from recent software testing research studies at the University of Memphis.

Judy Simon awarded DOD grant for 6th time

May 2013

Dr. Judy Simon has received notice of approval for a federal grant for 2013-2014 to be funded by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). This is the sixth DoD grant Dr. Simon has been awarded since 2007. These grants are normally approved for either of two purposes: (1) capacity building grants to increase awareness and knowledge regarding Information Assurance topics (e.g., security and privacy) among students and/or faculty or (2) scholarships to fund students' educational expenses in collegiate majors that might qualify them to be hired by DoD's National Security Agency in the future. These grants are highly competitive among all universities that have received the designation by DoD as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE). Dr. Simon is co-director of the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance, which manages all University of Memphis activities related to this designation.

UofM MIS in good company - Top 50

May 2013

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

May 2013

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

April 2013

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.

Bill Kettinger awarded Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Austria

March 2013

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 international concerns.

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

March 2013

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."

Mar. 2013
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.
Feb. 2013
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 26 2013.

Dec. 2012 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.

Dec. 2012
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.

Dec. 2012
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.

Nov. 2012 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.

June 2012 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.

Feb. 2012 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 recipients.

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.

Feb. 2012 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.

Nov. 2011 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.

Nov. 2011 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.

Oct. 2011 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.

Sept. 2011 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.).

June 2011 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.

Apr. 2011 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.

Apr. 2011 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".

Jan. 2011 AMIS recognized by AIS for its "Outstanding Professional Development" and "Outstanding Membership Activities"
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 bcjones3@memphis.edu or by contacting Margaret Schultz or Thomas Meservy (Faculty Advisors).

Sep. 2010 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.).

Sep. 2010 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.

Sep. 2010 Dr. Robin Poston was one of the leading FCBE faculty members who developed and delivered an intensive training program to over 90 Pinnacle Executives.

Aug. 2010 Dr. Robin S. Poston, wins the prestigious 2010-2011 Suzanne Downs Palmer Award in Research."
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.

Aug. 2010 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.

Aug. 2010 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.

June 2010 MIS Department Initiates Joint Education Program with Hubei University, China

May 2010 Drs. Robin Poston and David Allen selected to lead the EMBA 2011 International Residency to Hong Kong and China

Mar. 2010 Dr. Varun Grover visits to discuss The Current State and Future of the IS Field

Dec. 2009 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.

Oct. 2009 UofM'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 UofM 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.

Oct. 2009 UofM's AMIS chapter takes field trip to the UofM 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 equipment damage.

Sep. 2009 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.

Aug. 2009 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.

Aug. 2009 Dr. Bill Kettinger and MIS PhD Students Lakshman Mahadevan and Rahul Paul present a paper appearing in the 2009 AMCIS proceedings

Aug. 2009 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.