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Bentley College introduces Provost's Seminar Series on Practical Research Addressing Issues in the World of Business

September 9, 2002

WALTHAM, MA- As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current issues in the business world, Bentley College inaugurates a Provost's Seminar Series with a presentation by Robert Zmud on "Determinants of Budgeted IT Expenditures." An authority on the impact of information technology on management, Dr. Zmud is the first among several internationally recognized researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics of interest to both practitioners and scholars in areas that cross several fields of business practice. The seminar will be held on October 11 at Bentley College. The program is free and open to the public.

Information Technology expenditures vary across firms and across industries. However, very little is known about the factors influencing the level of these expenditures. Zmud will discuss theory and evidence of the determinants of corporate IT budgets, and how they are influenced by the level of external and internal organizational complexity and industry strategic IT role. An understanding of these relationships should aid CIOs and CFOs in setting appropriate budget levels for this critical function. Technology vendors and outsourcers would also benefit from knowledge of how their clients' budgetary decisions are made.

Robert Zmud is Professor, Michael F. Price Chair in MIS and Director, Division of MIS, Michael F. Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma. His research interests focus on the organizational impacts of information technology and on the management, implementation and diffusion of information technology. He is a senior editor with Information Systems Research and with the Journal of AIS, and he currently sits on the editorial boards of Management Science, Academy of Management Review and Information and Organization. He also serves as the research director for the Advanced Practices Council of SIM, International. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and a M.S. from MIT.

The seminar will be held on Friday, October 11, 2002 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Adamian Academic Center Commons, followed by lunch in LaCava Campus Center from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP for the seminar and lunch by October 1 to Pamela J. General at (phone) 781-891-2650 or email: pgeneral@bentley.edu

For directions to Bentley College, call 781-891-2100 or online at: www.bentley.edu/directions.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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