GITMA 2014: Research Paper Submission Track Descriptions and Chairs

 

Track Title

Track Description

Track Chairs and Contact Information

Information Technology in Europe

Specific and unique to Europe, this track includes research associated with the development, adoption, diffusion and use of information technology in Europe.  Topics that are appropriate for this track include the following:

  • European Union data protection and legal compliance,
  • Growth and contributions of IT to organizational performance in Europe,
  • Markets and considerations for IT personnel and practitioners in Europe, in particular the IT and knowledge worker employment skills gap in innovation based jobs,
  • Adoption of technology within and across countries in the EU,
  • National similarities and differences in IT best practices,
  • European IT outsourcing and offshoring patterns and results,
  • Complexities of managing information flows in a multilingual business environment

We also welcome specific country studies and other relevant Information Technology in Europe research to our track.

Pierluigi Rippa
Researcher
University of Naples Federico II
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Information Technology in Asia

Specific and unique to Asia, this track includes research associated with the development, adoption diffusion and use of technology in Asia.  Topics that are appropriate to this track include, but are not exclusive to, the following:

  • Global information technology outsourcing and the information services sector in Asian countries
  • Emergent technologies in Asia
  • Performance, profitability and competitiveness in Asian countries with respect to IT industry and IT investments
  • Growth of Asian IT innovative development in areas such as gaming, chip design, mobile devices, laptops, switching devices
  • Information technology in Asia in regard to programming, consulting, web hosting services, cloud computing development
  • Cost profile changes over time for IT industry in various countries, and associated migration of locus of IT industry centers
  • Cross cultural, social impacts of increased IT penetration and usage in Asian countries
  • Benefits of mobile technology in various Asian countries
  • Intellectual property issues in Asia
  • Comparative Information Technology studies between Asian countries

Other topics in Information Technology in Asia are welcomed to this track.

Haji Afzaal Seyal
Institute Technology Brunei
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Global Issues in Information Security

Maintaining global information security is increasingly difficult for information technologists as cybercriminals incessantly work to create new ways of hacking, infiltrating and stealing in online environments.  Cyberwarfare, cyber threats, coordinated denial of service attacks and security in global information markets create challenges to working of the global economy.  Various international sectors are targeted by criminals including the financial services sector, retail sector and the associated infrastructure for electronic commerce, and specialized areas such as pharmaceuticals.  Individuals and groups (sometimes terrorist groups or nation states) insert malicious code and malware into the Internet, negatively impacting the global network and its functions.  Information security lapses can possibly impact critical national infrastructures such as dams, the electrical grid or transportation.  Hacktivists deface websites, sometimes dispensing vigilante justice in the name of groups such as Anonymous, and digital currencies have become a way for moving money across the world online without the ability of law enforcement to trace its origins and legitimacy.  The Global Issues in Information Security track is focused on research in these and other related topics.

Hamayun Zafar
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Assistant Professor of information Security and Assurance
Kennesaw State University

IT in the International Hospitality Industry

The hospitality, travel and tourism industry has seen significant investments in information technology that have altered and changed the delivery of these services in new and innovative ways.  Research on the global hospitality industry includes topics such as the following:

  •  Online, self-service global travel reservations systems
  •  New, cutting edge and innovative technologies in international hotel delivery services including electronic key locks, customer environmental preferences, and customer tracking
  • Cross cultural differences in the use of IT in the international hospitality industry
  • Big data and customer profiling in international hospitality
  • Social media, website quality and consumer behavior in hospitality
  • Global reservation, in-room entertainment and property management information systems

This track is focused on these and other topics associated with the development, adoption, diffusion and deployment of IT in the international hospitality industry.

Naveed Baqir
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Assistant Professor
Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management
University of Delaware

Ajay Aluri
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Department of Management
Assistant Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management
West Virginia University

IT for Social Benefit in Developing Countries

Information technologies can have a substantive effect on developing nations and economies by improving market access, facilitating economic development and opening doors to new products and services for communities.  This track is for those conducting research in IT for social benefit in developing countries, and it will include research associated with the development and deployment of IT to advance social causes as well as improve the lives of the less advantaged.  Mobile technologies for new markets, political changes associated with new information technologies, GNP growth as an outcome of new digital infrastructure investment, and impacts of social networking on social improvements are all topics that are relevant to this track, as well as research on digital inclusion and cross cultural differences in IT in developing countries.

Choton Basu
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Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Cross Cultural Issues in International IT Deployment

This track will examine the important role of culture in the implementation of IT. As globalization brings more cultures into contact with each other, the potential for cultural differences to impact organizational IT outcomes increases. Research at any level of culture (national, organizational, occupational, departmental) is welcomed. Cross-cultural research comparing and contrasting multiple national cultures in a global IT context is especially encouraged.

Amy Woszczynski
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Interim Chair of the Department of Information Systems
Kennesaw State University

Tim Jacks, Ph.D
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Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Management Information Systems
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Global Electronic Commerce

In today's ever-evolving world, everything imaginable is available on the web. The Internet is growing as more and more people and businesses connect to it on a daily basis.  With Internet usage on the rise, firms are beginning to realize the importance of adopting E-commerce.  This track intends to collect contributions on this issue.  

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • E -Consumer Behavior
  • E-Commerce Adoption
  • E -Commerce Strategic Management
  • E -Commerce Management and Leadership
  • E -Commerce and Organizational Behavior
  • E-Commerce and Organizational Development
  • E -Commerce and Organizational Learning
  • E -Commerce Technologies and the Workplace
  • E -Commerce and Employee Ethical issues
  • E -Commerce Stress and Strain Impacts
  • E-Commerce and Human Resource Management
  • E -Commerce and Cultural Issues
  • E -Commerce and Customer Relationships
  • E -Commerce and Political Issues
  • B2B Markets and Exchanges

Praveen Pinjani
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Associate Professor
Delaware State University

 

Global IT Innovation

New technologies can be “engines of innovation,” leading to increased global competitiveness, new commercial ventures and a changed landscape for global businesses.  Per capita incomes and material well being arguably rise with the diffusion of improved technologies- indeed, technological change can drive rapid economic growth in nations.  Innovation and economic gain may result from capital investments in information technology research, and breakthrough and disruptive innovations may lead to new markets and new business opportunities.  Technological innovation is the theme of this research track, and topics appropriate to this track include:

  • Technological innovation and organizational economic performance
  • Economic growth and IT innovation
  • The ROI from deliberate IT research and industry investment
  •  Economic disruption from new technologies: new global markets, threatened organizations and strategic deployments of innovation

Jaideep Ghosh
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Strategic Applications of Global Information Systems

Strategic and competitive considerations have long been separated from the technological innovation activities of the firm due to the complexities involved in integrating technology and innovation issues into the firm's overall strategic planning.  In learning from the past & charting the future of the discipline, the key question is what will it take to be a/sustain success in the business environment of tomorrow?  Three forces account for most of the convergence of business strategy with organizational structure and information systems. They are rapid innovation of new information technologies, widespread creation of new ideas and concepts about information itself, and extensive development of new information-intensive organizational forms and business strategies.  As more countries join the ranks of the industrialized nations, the sophistication of the global market and number of global competitors have eliminated any advantage to a simple presence in international markets. Companies tied to the information economy are typically global from their inception - the Internet does not permit them to compete in only national markets. At the same time we see massive consolidations of industries from automobiles to banking to pharmaceuticals to cell phones and Internet service providers around the globe.

Today the international/global/multinational/transnational organization must employ strategic thinking to compete successfully.  The focus of this mini-track will be on understanding the fundamental conditions of the industry and the firm in order to generate and sustain a competitive strategy.

Suggested topics:

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact of e-business on transnational/multinational enterprises (MNEs)
  • Best practices in strategic global IS management and global competition 
  • Cultural difference between/within global companies 
  • Managing intellectual capital  in MNEs/Impacts of Cultural, Political, and Economic Issues 
  • Building strategic NII infrastructures  
  • Global IT Strategy in MNEs
  • Knowledge Management / Multinational IT Resource Management
  • Speed of change  & Sustainability
  • Shareholder demands and Impact of regulation/deregulation
  • Case studies of strategic applications in global IS

Dr. Jerry Chang
Associate Professor, MIS
UNLV
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Dr. Mahesh (Michael) S. Raisinghani
Associate Professor
Texas Womens University
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Health Information Systems IT

Delivering affordable but quality healthcare to its citizens is of prime concern to most nations. IT-enabled enhancement or transformation of various structures and processes in the healthcare delivery system can not only help reduce the cost of healthcare delivery, but also enhance the quality of care provided. The goal of this track is to explore current research and practice in the use of IT in general, and Internet technologies specifically, to improve the healthcare delivery system. Key players in the healthcare system include patients, physicians, healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, the government, and policy makers, and this track is particularly interested in elucidating the nature and extent of IT use in these stakeholder segments. This track also aims to foster discussions on opportunities for further use of IT in healthcare, and also threats and concerns involved in the use of IT.  


Suggested topics include but are not limited to: 
 

  • Remote delivery of healthcare using IT
  • Online diagnosis and treatment systems
  • Online health maintenance systems
  • Enhancing traditional clinical decision making through IT
  • IT enabled distributed clinical decision making
  • IT and the practice of evidence based medicine
  • IT-induced power shifts among healthcare stakeholders
  • Web based systems for medical information for patients
  • Web based systems for medical information for physicians
  • Establishment of IT infrastructure standards in the healthcare system
  • Online medical communities
  • The use of IT to prevent, control, and eradicate epidemic and pandemic outbreaks
  • Electronic patient records management systems
  • Facilitating continuing medical education of healthcare professionals using IT
  • Country specific healthcare IT needs
  • Technical, managerial, and behavioral issues involved in the implementation of IT in healthcare

Raj Sharman
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Associate Professor
Management Science and Systems Department
University at Buffalo

Leadership and IT

This track encourages paper that explore the intersection of leadership and information technology.  Papers appropriate for this track include, but are not limited to, those that explore how IT is changing the ability to lead employees across the globe (global leadership), how IT has changed the way the leader self manages (how information is stored, organized, accessed, etc), how IT enables and augments more recent leadership theories such as self leadership and sustainable leadership.

Kevin B. Lowe
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Professor & Department Head of Management
Burlington Industries Research Excellence Professor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Oran Alston
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Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems
College of Business and Economics
West Virginia University

Creating Value from Social Media

In the last several years social media technologies have been leveraged by organizations, society, and nations as a networking and communication tool to reach out and connect people.  The extended reach has enabled business organizations to improve profits and non-profit organizations to spread their message.  Societies and nations around the world have demonstrated that social media technologies can be used as an effective tool to fight corruption and overthrow dictators and corrupt governments from power.

It is evident that social media technologies when used effectively can add tremendous value for organizations, society or nations.  This track invites papers that examine the potential value afforded by social media technologies to individuals, organizations, society and nations. 

Potential topics include though are not limited to the following.

  • Issues and challenges of creating value from social media technologies
  • Case studies and examples of usage of social media technologies in organizations
  • Understanding and using building blocks of social media systems
  • Creating user generated information systems using social media technologies
  • Impact of social media technologies on individuals and society
  • Role of social media in organizational learning

Anil Kumar
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Professor Information Systems
Central Michigan University

ePolitics

The topic of ePolitics focuses on three major topic areas: the politics of information technology function and its role within organizations, the politics of virtual communities and social networking communities, and the role that electronic media plays in community activism and party politics at the local, national, and international levels. Within these major areas, specific topics of interest to be considered for this track include (but are not limited to) the following:

 

  • E-voting and electronically enabled e-government
  • Impact of globalization on the political role played by the IT unit within organizations
  • Impact of race and gender on electronically enabled political manipulations
  • Party politics and social activism
  • Politics of diffusion of change within organizations
  • Politics of social networking communities, including: learning communities, customers' communities, e-dating communities, gaming communities, support group communities, etc.
  • Politics of the IT function and role in organizations
  • Politics of virtual communities and social networking communities
  • Politics of geographically based virtual communities
  • Use of electronic media for surveillance manipulation and harassment
  • Use of electronic media in industrial and labor relations
  • Utilization of electronic media for governance and politicking at the municipal, state, national, and international levels
  • Utilization of electronic media for political debate, information sharing, political decision making, and fundraising

(Note:  Track description adapted from Journal of ePolitics, Celia Romm Livermore, Editor-in-Chief)

Celia Romm Livermore
Professor of Information Systems Management
School of Business Administration
Wayne State University
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Enterprise IT Management

This track focuses on (1) the IT Deployment and Management, and (2) the Support of the Enterprise IT Customers.

The first area includes deployment and management SDLC activities and includes the deployment and management of voice, video, conferencing, and data hardware including desktop, local and wide-area networking as well as personal area networking including mobile devices and services.   Examples of topics appropriate to this mini-track include:

  • Management of IT services, products, and applications
  • Project management
  • Applications development and implementation
  • Governance frameworks such as COBIT and VAL IT
  • Services Management frameworks such as ITIL
  • Business Process frameworks such as Business Process Framework

The second area includes aspects that focus on supporting the business IT needs of the enterprise customers, both within and external to the enterprise.  Examples of topics appropriate to this mini-track include:

  • Customer-focused IT governance and processes
  • Customer needs analysis
  • End user support
  • User training
  • Customer-focused IT personnel training.

Karen Patten
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Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina

Kathy Hartzel
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Associate Professor, Information Systems Management
Duquesne University

 

IS & Economics

The foundations of MIS as a research stream are grounded in several related disciplines (e.g., cognitive psychology, organization theory, behavioral models), and one significant reference discipline is that of economics.  Economics informs MIS research in terms of providing a basis  for research grounded in theory from the areas of transacting and contracts, moral hazard, game theory, organizational structures, governance issues (e.g., Coase and Williamson), and firm performance measurement.  This track seeks to include research that sits at the intersection of IS and Economics, preferably within a global context.  Information in the form of digital products creates unique goods, and these goods tend to act in different ways in markets than physical goods, impacting market outcomes.  Further, intellectual property rights and the ease of digital piracy associated with the manufacture of digital information goods is another topic in the IS and Economics area of research.  Measuring the performance of information technology investments is complex, and research about the return on investment from IT at either a micro and macroeconomic level is relevant to this track.  Electronic commerce and the emergence of electronic markets from an economic viewpoint, network effects of information goods products, and the impact of IT investments on firm boundaries are also appropriate for submission to the IS and Economics track.

Virginia Franke Kleist, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management Information Systems
MIS Department
West Virginia University
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Global Issues with Supply Chain Management

Issues with global supply chain management includes topics related to the interrelated complexities of managing supply chain across cultures and nations in the face of uncontrollable events such as earthquake or national uprisings, as well as topics associated with metrics for measuring the performance and cost impact of SCM, particularly in examining the role for supply chain management in contributing to competitive strategic advantage.  Further, the track topic includes research about varying cultural personnel characteristics and how these might influence SCM management issues across global environments, new product introduction and integration to existing SCM, the complexities of successfully integrating interrelated supply chains, and concerns such as monitoring corporate social responsibility and ownership of ethical business practices when using numerous subcontractors across the world.  Technical considerations such as materials tracking, risk management, customer fulfillment and distribution centers, safety and quality monitoring are also appropriate for the Global Issues with Supply Chain Management Track.  As the global supply chain becomes more interdependent, issues with managing global information flows for production supply is an increasingly important topic.

Martin Nunlee
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Associate Professor
Delaware State University

Ednilson Bernardes
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Associate Professor, Supply Chain Management
West Virginia University

 

Mobile IT

Few areas have experienced as much rapid growth and development as the global tidal wave of ubiquitous mobile IT technology, including laptops, tablets and the always-on cell phone connectivity.  The growth in mobile IT has sparked a change in how we communicate with each other (texting to our spouse, child or colleague in the next room), our relationships with each other (sending up-to-the-minute photos of daily activities to “friends”), and perhaps even impacting how we think (Carr’s theory that Google might be making us stupid).  Our mobile IT platform might be isolating us more than connecting us (for instance, this is a central hypothesis of Turkle’s Alone Together research).  The mobile IT track seeks papers that explore the global impact of the burgeoning mobile IT technology.  Topics appropriate for this track include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The impact of the proliferation of cell phones and other mobile devices in developing countries
  • Evaluation of internet capable, global mobile technologies and the relative performance features of these technologies
  • The evolution of mobile technologies over time in markets, including work related to iPhone vs. Android platform adoption
  • The impacts of “leapfrogging,” where communities with previously highly limited internet access gain sudden and widespread access due to easily available internet- connected mobile devices
  • Global cross border limitations in disparate mobile IT platforms and standards adoption
  • Research explorations of the availability of wireless connectivity access and GNP/GDP growth relationships

Nanda Surendra
Associate Professor, Management Information Systems
West Virginia University
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Virginia Franke Kleist, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management Information Systems
West Virginia University
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Diversity & Inclusion in IS

This track will address the intersection of Information Systems and people from a diversity and inclusion angle. Topics discussed will include status of under-represented groups in computing; why underrepresented groups tend not to choose IT field; interaction/challenges of under-represented groups with IT, social consequence of technology, the use and misuse of IT - particularly Internet; challenges faced by underrepresented groups in using technologies and taking up IT as a profession; strategies to make IS more inclusive; role of social computing and its impact on diversity and inclusion.

Lakshmi Iyer
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Associate Professor and
Information Systems Graduate Programs Director
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Meera Joseph
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Senior Lecturer and Researcher
University of Johannesburg

Global Big Data

Over the past 10 years, the volume of data communicated, processed and stored worldwide has exploded.  This is due largely to a confluence of technological and social trends, including (among others): the rapid expansion of data storage and networking bandwidth; advances in automated data collection; the rise and commercialization of on-line social networking; a significant shift of consumer and business usage to mobile computing; and a proliferation of sensor-based, independent devices capable of recording location/situational data and communicating it to other devices on a network (i.e., “the Internet of Things”).   Concurrent with these trends is an attempt in the academic and industrial arenas to develop new approaches to structuring and interpreting ‘big data’, and to apply those approaches to a variety of scientific, social and business problems.

A recent MIS Quarterly article by Chen et al (December 2012) outlines the major research challenges in Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) and ‘big data’ analytics.  This track invites papers that address those and other research issues facing the IS community and society at-large.  In the context of the Chen et al research agenda, potential topics for this track include, but are not limited to:

  • Approaches to big data analytics, including data mining algorithms, interpretation of unstructured data (e.g., text analytics), web analytics, and network analytics.
  • Collection and analysis of information from mobile and sensor-based devices, including “the internet of things”.
  • The role of on-line social networks in the production of raw data and potential uses for it.
  • Big data applications, including e-commerce & market intelligence, e-government and e-politics, various applications in the area of science and technology, health care, and security & public safety.
  • Case studies/examples of big data analysis in organizations
  • Societal, legal and global issues of big data, including privacy issues, comparative regulatory and legal structures, and cultural differences.

 

Dr. William (Bill) Spangler
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Research
Professor of Information Systems Management
Duquesne University
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Student Research Colloquium

Graduate student research presentations

Dolphy Abraham
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Dr. Mahesh (Michael) S. Raisinghani
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Associate Professor, Executive MBA Program
Texas Womens University

Workshop

SAS Visual Analytics

Lakshmi Iyer
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Associate Professor and
Information Systems Graduate Programs Director
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Panel: Your Global IT Career Roadmap: Success Strategies to Build Your Brand and Advance Your Career

 

Open Forum/Panel Discussion

  • Discussion Topics include (but are not limited to):
  • Corporate and Academic Branding
  • Generalist vs. Specialist
  • Personal Branding
  • Building Your Brand
  • What is Your Three Second Statement?
  • Shadow of the Leader
  • Casting Long Shadows…
  • Your Global Leadership Shadow
  • What shadow are you casting?
  • Formal information performance reviews, 360s, formal assessments
  • Self-directed gap analysis
  • Refine Your Image
  • Role of Social Media
  • Career Advancement in the Global Digital Knowledge Economy
  • Building Your Brand in Global IT

Panel Facilitator:

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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