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Bentley Faculty to Present at International Conference on Information Systems

December 10, 2002

Nine members of the Bentley faculty will present research, participate as panelists and fulfill major organizational roles at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2002 on December 15-18 in Barcelona, Spain. According to Provost Bob Galliers, program co-chair for the conference, close to 1,000 researchers and academics from across the globe annually attend the event, the Academy for Information System's premier international conference.

"Bentley has often claimed that one of its principal strengths lies at the interface of business and information technology," said Bob Galliers, "So, here's the proof! There can be very few institutions in the world that can claim to have as many as nine members of faculty play a major role at such a prestigious international conference as this. ICIS is THE conference for the Information Systems academy - one at which it is notoriously difficult to get a paper accepted. An 18% acceptance rate speaks for itself. I'm delighted that we have such a strong representation at the conference." A record number, 526 papers, were submitted to the conference this year and only 93 were accepted. As is common with major academic conferences such as this, all the papers are blind refereed by a four-member panel of judges.

This year, ICIS will examine the impact of 21st century technology from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives: from individuals to teams, organizations, markets, countries and society as a whole.

Two papers co-authored by Lynne Markus, Management, have been accepted for presentation. She and Ellen Christiaanse, University of Amsterdam, will present their paper, "Theorizing About IT Impacts." With Christina Soh, Nanyang Technological University, she will discuss their Research in Progress, "Business-to-Business E-Marketplaces."

A paper co-authored by Sue Newell, Management, and her colleagues, Jimmy Huang, Nottingham University Business School, and Carole Tansley, Nottingham Trent University, UK, on "Social Capital in ERP Projects: The Differential Source and Effects of Bridging and Bonding," has been selected as a runner-up for the ICIS 2002 Best Theme Paper.

Amy Ray, Computer Information Systems, will be a discussant for a paper on "Research on Valuing Information Privacy." Mary Culnan, Management, will be a panelist on "Taking the IT Artifact Seriously in IS Research: Theory Development from Multiple Perspectives."

At ancillary sessions prior to the conference, Bentley also will have a strong presence. Jane Fedorowicz, Accounting Information Systems, will deliver the keynote address at the ICIS Women's Breakfast. James Hunton, AIS, is coordinating the International Research Symposium on Accounting Information Systems (IRSAIS), which takes place one day prior to ICIS. He also is guest editor of a volume of "International Journal on Accounting Information Systems" for papers presented at the conference.

On Sunday, John Gorgone, Computer Information Systems, and Heikki Topi, CIS, have been invited to present their "Final Report: Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems 2002." They will be addressing a joint session of ICIS and the International Conference on Informatics Education and Research, a three-day conference that prior to ICIS.

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