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National Science Foundation Awards Bentley University $376,471 Grant to Research IT Innovations in U.S. State Governments

September 7, 2010

The National Science Foundation awarded Bentley University a three-year grant totaling $376,471 on behalf of Professor M. Lynne Markus for the project entitled "The Performance Effects of Administrative Innovations-IT Organizational Design Changes in U.S. State Governments," beginning July 1, 2010. 

The research will focus on innovations in organizing and managing information technology (IT) services in U.S. State governments, including structural reorganizations (centralization of IT personnel from various agencies under the leadership of a State Chief Information Officer, for example); and new IT investment policies and procurement practices.

"We are interested in the reasons for, and consequences of these innovations, and also how they come about," Markus explains. "The kinds of innovations we are interested in are believed -- based on experience in the business sector -- to reduce the costs and increase the benefits of investing in information technology. This is especially important today, given ongoing poor economic conditions, which have reduced tax revenues and put strong pressures on States to operate more effectively."

Markus, the John W. Poduska, Sr. Professor of Information and Process Management at Bentley is a prolific and award-winning researcher.  She will work with Bentley PhD candidate Dax D. Jacobson and PhD student Quang "Neo" Bui, as well as Bentley students at the masters and undergraduate level.

The research is expected to help identify "best practice" in IT management in State government by identifying other States's practices and which approaches are most successful under which circumstances. In addition, it will add to the academic research community in two areas: innovations in organizing their contributions to organizational performance; and the management of IT.

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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