MIS Newsletter – Summer 2013
- Message From the Area Coordinator
- Recent Happenings
- Student Spotlight
- Alumni Highlight
- Faculty News
- Research Corner
- Corporate Outreach
- Social Media
Welcome to our Summer 2013 MIS Newsletter of the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. We would like to share some new activities in the area with you.
The undergraduate program moved up in the Bloomberg Businessweek 2013 ranking of graduate schools to No. 9 among information systems programs nationwide. During the 2012-13 academic year, the masters students obtained a record number of internships, and statistics reveal that almost every student eligible for and interested in an internship obtained one. Dr. Dawn Owens joined the information systems area as a clinical professor and the director of the undergraduate MIS degree program. On the research side, our faculty members have continued to be prolific in publishing their research in top MIS and other journals. Dr. Sumit Sarkar, Professor and Charles and Nancy Davidson Chair, gave the keynote address in the recent China Summer Workshop on Information Management which took place June 29-30 at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. We are pleased to announce that the third annual MIS academic leadership conference, which was launched in 2011 at UT Dallas, will be hosted by the Indiana University in October. Conference program details will be announced soon. Please visit our website to learn more about MIS@UT Dallas. We welcome your comments.
Area Coordinator, Information Systems
Information Systems Undergrad Program Ranks 9th in U.S.
The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management’s undergraduate program has been named in the top 10 in the Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2013 ranking of undergraduate programs at business schools across the nation. The school’s Information Systems undergraduate program ranked 9th. The list is based on responses to an on-line survey of 27,000 students at 123 business schools. To find more information and additional undergraduate program rankings, see the UT Dallas News Center story.
Record Year for Number of Internships of MS Information Technology and Management Students
MS in Information Technology and Management students obtained more than 250 internship positions with reputable companies throughout the U.S. during the fall, spring and summer semesters of the 2012-2013 academic year. Their average salary was more than $20 an hour, and the interns worked an average of 37 hours a week. The internships came from a wide variety of businesses, but consulting, telecom and computer/software industries have continued to account for a large fraction of these. Internships often are extended for more than a term, and several result in full-time positions for students. This fact sheet provides more specific information about the 2012-13 internships. Separately, a recent survey of students who graduated in 2013 spring and summer semesters revealed that close to 90 percent of students complete at least one semester of internship or are employed in a full-time position. More than 30 percent of students achieve two or more semesters of internship prior to graduation.
Two PhD Graduates Begin Faculty Careers
Congratulations to the following two doctoral students who begin their academic careers in fall 2013.
Javiaur Harmon Designs his Future at TI
Q: What is the name of the company you work for, and how long have you been working there?
Texas Instruments, and I have been working for them three months.
Q: How did you find the opportunity?
UT Dallas’ Spring 2013 Career Expo last March.
Q: Briefly describe your job duties and responsibilities.
Texas Instruments manufactures processing chips called wafers. The manufacturing department, which is dispersed throughout five locations worldwide, produces millions of chips a day so there is a huge need for applications to support those functions. My job is to design those applications to support the functions of the manufacturing.
Q: Describe your typical day at work.
A typical day for me would include meetings with the manufacturing department, meetings with the developers, and then meetings at night with co-workers who work overseas, all in an attempt to align everyone on the same page to drive execution for whatever project I am driving at that time for the manufacturing department.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy knowing that I am making a difference in something that is bigger than myself. To know that I bring value to a Fortune 500 company gives me the internal satisfaction that I need to keep doing my job.
Q: How did your education and experience at UT Dallas prepare you for your job?
Before going to UT Dallas, I did not know what the letters “MIS” stood for, let alone what I could do in IT to launch a career. I got involved in the SAP Users Group (SUG) as well as the MIS Club. I did a lot of networking and thinking outside the box. Last, but not least, I took the classes as a junior and senior very seriously because they did not come easy to me as a person without any IT background. Compiling all of those together gave me the momentum I needed to propel myself into a great job opportunity all stemming from going to UT Dallas.
Q: What advice will you give to current students to make the most of their time at UT Dallas?
Use all available resources. UT Dallas gives all students a lot of resources to use. When we have resources readily available, oftentimes we do not think to use them. There are many students who are not fortunate enough to go to a really good school like UT Dallas and who do not have the resources that UT Dallas has. Make the most of your resources because they could be gone tomorrow. However, if you are a student who is ahead of the game and is already maximizing these resources, then go one step further and broaden your range of knowledge. Information technology is very wide. The greater your foundation of knowledge, the higher the percentage you have to qualify for more jobs as a new college grad.
Q: What are some things you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
I coach youth basketball to give back to the community and also to make a difference in the lives of our youth.
European Research Paper of the Year at CIONET Summit
Information Systems faculty member Dr. Indranil Bardhan co-authored a paper entitled “Information Technology and Firm Profitability: Mechanisms and Empirical Evidence” with Jie Mein Goh (IE Business School in Madrid, Spain), Sunil Mithas (University of Maryland) and Ali Tafti (University of Illinois). Published in MIS Quarterly 2012, it won the European Research Paper of the Year award at the CIONET summit, an association of European CIOs. It was selected based on all papers published in the information systems top two journals: MIS Quarterly and Information Systems Research. For more information, please see the CIONET website.
Data Revolution, Model Evolution
Dr. Sumit Sarkar was a keynote speaker at the China Summer Workshop on Information Management which took place June 29-30 at Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. The title of his talk was “Data Revolution, Model Evolution.” The presentation dealt with research opportunities that have emerged with the veritable explosion in the amount of information that businesses are able to collect about their customers, partners, and competitors. The phenomenon is often referred to as Big Data, and is characterized by enormous growth in the volume of data, the diversity in types of data, and the speed at which data regarding the different entities of interest to a firm are captured across multiple channels. The presentation showcased using examples how extant modeling techniques used in data-driven research are often inadequate, and ways in which information systems academics can use their modeling skills to leverage the data revolution that is under way. It also discussed how the continuing growth of e-commerce, and the imminent emergence of the Internet of Things, will result in even more data in the future, thereby providing further avenues for developing new models for business research in general and information systems research in particular.
So What Are Data Scientists Anyway?
Information Systems faculty member and director of the Center for Information Technology and Management Dr. Kelly Slaughter was an invited speaker at the Ft. Worth IT Symposium on data scientists on August 1st. Here is an abstract of his speech: “The introduction of the Big Data meme has led to the generation of a host of new ancillary terms, chief among them the term ‘data scientist.’” Is the data scientist role a simple relabeling of more familiar positions such as business intelligence analyst or statistician? Or is there something new to the data scientist role? Through interviews with those organizations sponsoring these data scientist positions, we identified two aspects novel to the role of data scientist. The first is a reverse “extent of the market” phenomenon. As the data collected and available continues to grow, rather than increasing functional specialization (e.g., specializing in cluster analysis, econometric modeling, and natural language processing), an individual specializes in the lifecycle of data processing, thus addressing a breadth of responsibilities including database technologies, statistical methods, user interface principles, context specific business opportunity identification, and even epistemological insight. The second new aspect is the “critical mass of need” across organizations for these combinations of skills through which labeling facilitates the matching of talents with roles in the marketplace.” For more info on this event, see the Ft. Worth IT Symposium website.
Dr. Dawn Owens Joins the Faculty as the Director of BS MIS Degree Program
Dawn Owens is the new Director of Undergraduate MIS Programs in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. She received her Ph.D. in Information Technology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. Dr. Owens’ research interests are in the areas of virtual teams, project management, virtual world technology, software quality assurance, and retention of IT employees. She is particularly interested in how information technology can be used to enhance work practices on a global scale. Her most current research explores the use of virtual world technology and its effect on developing trust in virtual teams.
Prior to joining UT Dallas, Dawn was an Associate Professor in the College of Science and Technology at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. She was also the Director of IS programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught in both traditional and online learning environments and has experience in curriculum and program development. During her time at Bellevue University she developed several new course offerings and program updates.
Dr. Owens’ industry experience encompasses both technical and management expertise. Her background includes executive IT management and all aspects of software development – analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, maintenance and project management. She frequently draws on her industry experience in the classroom to help reinforce ideas and add context to the concepts.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and conducting research, Dr. Owens will oversee the undergraduate MIS degree program which has seen a significant increase in the enrollment in recent years and currently has more than 300 students.
Listed below are papers published or accepted for publication in journals and conference proceedings from some of our IS faculty for the spring and summer 2013. Interested readers can contact the authors regarding a copy of forthcoming papers.
- Bardhan, Indranil, Sezgin Ayabakan, Kirk Kirksey, and Zhiqiang Zheng, “Patient Migration and Duplicate Procedures: A Longitudinal Study of Congestive Heart Failure Patients in Texas,” presented at the Second INFORMS Healthcare Conference, Chicago, IL, June 2013.
- Bardhan, Indranil, Shu Lin and Vish Krishnan “Business Value of Information Technology: Testing the Interaction Effect of IT and R&D on Tobin’s Q,” Information Systems Research, forthcoming 2013.
- Bardhan, Indranil, V. V. Krishnan and S. Lin (2012), “Team Dispersion, Information Technology, and Project Performance,” Production and Operations Management, doi: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2012.01366.x.
- Bardhan, Indranil and Mark Thouin, “Information Technology and Quality and Cost of Healthcare: A Longitudinal Study of US Hospitals,” Decision Support Systems, May 2013, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 438-449.
- Bardhan, Indranil, Kristin Jenkins and Jingyun Li, “Hospital Characteristics, Health Information Technology, and Stage One Meaningful Use,” presented at the Second INFORMS Healthcare Conference, Chicago, IL, June 2013.
- Ghoshal, A. and S. Sarkar, “Association Rules for Recommendations with Multiple Items,” forthcoming in the INFORMS Journal on Computing.
- Jayanth, Rajiv, Varghese Jacob and Suresh Radhakrishnan, Kutsal Dogan, “The Antecedents of Co-Developer Participation in Open Source Projects: An Empirical Analysis,” IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering, forthcoming.
- Lee, C., X. Geng, S. Raghunathan. “Contracting Information Security in the Presence of Double Moral Hazard,” Information Systems Research, June 2013, pp. 295-311.
- Li, Xiao-Bai and Sumit Sarkar, “Class-Restricted Clustering and Microperturbation for Data Privacy,” Management Science, April 2013, 59:796-812.
- Raghunathan, S., M. Ganesh and C. Rajendran, “Distribution and Equitable Sharing of Value From Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment Across Supply Chain Firms,” forthcoming in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.
- Zheng, Zhiqiang, Sumit Sarkar and Jing Hao, “How Do Advertisers Compete in Sponsored Search Auctions? Evidence from the Digital Camera Industry,” presented at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-13), January 2013.