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Bentley College Launches Provost Seminar Series

October 16, 2002

WALTHAM, Mass.- "Are we spending the right amount for IT, or are we spending too much?" That was the central question Dr. Robert Zmud posed to his audience at Bentley College on October 11. Zmud was the inaugural speaker in Bentley's Provost Seminar Series, which promotes practical research addressing issues in the world of business.

Zmud's presentation "Determinants of Budgeted IT Expenditures", which he co-authored with Kevin Kobelsky of USC and Vern Richardson of the University of Kansas, discussed the 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 internationally recognized researcher and authority on the impact of information technology on management, Zmud touched on numerous factors that affect IT budgets- ranging from the current economic downturn to structural and perceptual issues.

"I thought it went very well. We had a very interactive audience,"said Bentley Provost Robert Galliers. "There were lots of questions, demonstrating the transdisciplinary nature of the subject matter, and the power of a transdisciplinary approach."

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 Provost Seminar Series continues on December 5 with "What's up with Knowledge Management - a view of Knowledge and Learning in the 21st Century Firm", by Larry Prusak, a Managing Principal with IBM Global Services and executive director of the Institute for Knowledge Management.

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

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