MIS Newsletter - Fall 2012

Message From the Area Coordinator

I am pleased to present the Fall 2012 MIS Newsletter of the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas. The semester has been an exciting one for the area. We saw record student enrollments in management information systems programs. The number of students in the MS Information and Technology Management program increased to 333 from 279, while the BS Management Information Systems program enrollment grew to 263 from 206. There has been a strong interest in MIS courses from students in other areas too.

The MIS Academic Leadership Conference, which was launched by the Jindal School of Management in 2011, was hosted by Temple University this year. More than 60 MIS department chairpersons and program directors participated in the conference. Our faculty members continue to be highly productive in research, as evidenced by the number of new acceptances for journal publications and presentations at premier conferences. Several of their papers also have received Best Paper awards and nominations.

On the curriculum front, we launched the graduate certificate program in Healthcare IT this fall. We welcomed Dr. Kelly Slaughter, who joined the MIS area as a clinical professor and as the new director of the Center of Information Technology and Management. He will lead our already strong corporate outreach activities.

I welcome you to visit the Information Systems Overview page of the JSOM website to learn more about the MIS area at the Jindal School of Management. We wish everyone a joyful holiday season and happy 2013.

Srinivasan Raghunathan
Area Coordinator, Information Systems


Endowed Chairs of the Naveen Jindal School of Management
(Front row left to right) Dean Hasan Pirkul, UT Dallas President David E. Daniel and Provost Hobson Wildenthal with JSOM’s endowed chairs and professors

Investiture Ceremonies Pay Tribute to Endowment Holders and Benefactors

Four faculty members of the Information Systems area in Jindal School were honored and invested in their endowments at an October 30 ceremony in the JSOM Davidson Auditorium. In all, 20 JSOM faculty members were named to chairs and other endowed posts. Included were Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the Jindal School and Caruth Chair of Management; Dr. Varghese Jacob, senior associate dean and Lars Magnus Ericsson Distinguished Professor; Dr. Sumit Sarkar, PhD program director, and Dr. Vijay Mookerjee, PhD program coordinator, both Charles and Nancy Davidson Chairs in Information Systems. For a complete account, read the UT Dallas News Center investiture story.

Dean Hasan Pirkul
Hasan Pirkul

Dean Pirkul Named INFORMS Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow

At the recent meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Dean Hasan Pirkul was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Society. The primary aim of the ISS Distinguished Fellow Award is to recognize individuals who have made outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline. Professor Vijay Mookerjee was named a fellow last year.

Graduate Healthcare Management Certificate Launched This Fall

In response to rising demand for professionals with healthcare information technology (IT) knowledge, the Information Systems area launched a graduate certificate program in healthcare IT this fall. The certificate program emphasizes practical concepts in healthcare IT and hands-on experience in electronic medical record (EMR) software, such as EPIC. Certificate earners will:

The Healthcare IT and other graduate certificate programs are available not only to current UT Dallas graduate students but also to non-degree-seeking students who are interested in careers in healthcare IT. Please visit MIS Certificate Programs for more information.

The Second Annual MIS Academic Leadership Conference

The MIS Academic Leadership Conference, which the Jindal School of Management launched and hosted last year, was hosted this year in early November by Temple University. More than 60 department chairpersons and program directors attended the conference, which was very interactive and included lively discussions among attendees. Panel sessions were devoted to various challenges that MIS program managers face. Some of the topics covered were student recruitment, curriculum development, industry advisory boards and the future of MIS curricula. The conference was sponsored by the University of Arizona, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, Temple University and The University of Texas at Dallas. Contact Mark Thouin for more information about the conference.

FORTHCOMING EVENT: Strategic Use of Information Technology (SUIT) Case Competition

The fourth annual Strategic Use of Information Technology (SUIT) case competition for graduate MIS students will be hosted by the Jindal School of Management April 5, 2013. This annual competition is sponsored by University of Arizona, Indiana University, Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Dallas. If your school is interested in participating, contact Mark Thouin.


Great Turnout for Fall Student and Faculty Mixers

The Information Systems and Operations Management area held a successful and well-received MS ITM Student and Faculty Mixer September 7 in the atrium of the Jindal School of Management. Lively conversation between students and faculty took place at the mixer, which also featured plenty of food. The following Friday, new and returning undergraduates were welcomed and introduced to new and returning faculty in a more casual atmosphere outside the classroom setting. This gave students a great chance to network and socialize with their professors. We look forward to having more events like these each fall.


Best Paper Award and Nominations at INFORMS

Mehmet Ayvaci
Mehmet Ayvaci

Dr.Mehmet Ayvaci, who recently joined the JSOM Information Systems faculty, presented a paper at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Conference in Phoenix in October. His paper, “The Effect of Budgetary Restrictions on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Decisions,” was a finalist for the Doing Good with Good O.R. Prize, which each year honors outstanding student projects in operations research that have a significant societal impact. The Decision Analysis Society awarded the same Ayvaci work its Best Student Paper Award. Ayvaci recently earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. The DAS award is accompanied by a plaque and a $500 honorarium.

Indranil Bardhan
Indranil Bardhan
Eric Zheng
Eric Zheng

Dr. Indranil Bardhan has presented his research findings at several research forums this fall. His paper, “Quicker but Sicker? Length of Stay, Readmission Risk, and the Role of Health Information Technology,” was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the recent 17th INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology, held in Phoenix in mid-October.

Bardhan also presented this paper at the Third Annual Workshop on Health Information Technology and Economics, in October in Washington, D.C. This work was coauthored with Dr. Eric Zheng of the Jindal School, Dr. Cath Oh of Georgia State University and Kirk Kirksey of UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Dr. Bardhan served as a panelist at the Institute for Health Technology Transformation’s (iHT2) Health IT Summit held December 5 and December 6. He spoke on “Healthcare Intelligence: Quality, Safety and Performance Analysis,” an area he focuses on with his current research on the role of heath IT in improving the quality of patient care.

Radha Mookerjee
Radha Mookerjee
Vijay Mookerjee
Vijay Mookerjee

The paper “Online Security and Privacy — Managing Hot-Lists in Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems,” co-authored by Information Systems faculty member Dr. Radha Mookerjee, Dr. Subodha Kumar, a JSOM alumnus who now teaches at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Vijay Mookerjee, Charles and Nancy Davidson Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at the Jindal School, was nominated for the best paper award at the 2012 Conference on Information Systems and Technology.

Michael Savoie
Michael Savoie

Michael Savoie Receives JSOM Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award

Dr. Michael Savoie received the JSOM Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award in a September 9 ceremony. The award recognizes the outstanding undergraduate professor during the previous academic year. The criteria for selection include student ratings, nominations from the area coordinator and student comments. Savoie teaches courses on Introductory MIS, Social Network Technologies, and Information Systems Management.

He recently published a book, Building Successful Information Systems: Five Best Practices to Ensure Organizational Effectiveness and Profitability (Business Expert Press, 2012). For the past 11 years, until recently, Savoie served as founding director of the JSOM-based Center for Information Technology Management. He will be leaving UT Dallas at the end of this semester to pursue interests in private industry.

Kelly Slaughter
Kelly Slaughter

Kelly Slaughter joins JSOM

Dr. Kelly T. Slaughter joined the JSOM faculty as the new director of the Center for Information Technology and Management. With more than 15 years of experience in industry, he spent half of that time with the Dallas office of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ management consulting practice (now with IBM) and the other half split between a small Dallas-based entrepreneurial consulting company (acquired by Grant Thornton) and Addison-based Humana subsidiary Concentra. His work experience includes projects in the consumer packaged goods, entertainment, retail and healthcare industries. Academically, Slaughter majored in MIS and earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the University of Chicago — with concentrations in economics and strategy — and a PhD in information and decision sciences from the University of Minnesota. He has presented his research at the International Conference on Information Systems and at INFORMS conferences. His research interests include IT/business alignment and knowledge-worker productivity.

Hans-Joachim Adler
Hans-Joachim Adler

Project Management in a Risky World

Dr. Hans-Joachim Adler presented a paper, “Cloud Computing Impact on Business Education,” at the Sixth Annual University of Texas at Dallas Project Management Symposium in August. The conference was sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Today. The two-day Project Management Symposium focused on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.


We have added a new feature to the newsletter that many of our readers will find of interest. Listed below are publications and conference-accepted presentations from some of our IS faculty for fall 2012:

Ayvaci, Mehmet U.S., Jinghua Shi,Oguzhan Alagoz and Sam Lubner. “Cost-effectiveness of adjuvant FOLFOX and LV5FU2 chemotherapy for patients with stage II colon cancer,” forthcoming issue of Medical Decision Making.

Bardhan, Indranil, Sezgin Ayabakan, Eric Zheng. “The Impact of IT-enabled Manufacturing Capabilities on Plant Profitability: New Models and Evidence,” 33rd International Conference on Information Systems, Orlando, December 2012.

Bardhan, Indranil R., Mark F.Thouin. “Health information technology and its impact on the quality and cost of healthcare delivery,” Decision Support Systems (2012).

Cavusoglu, Huseyin, Young Kwark, Bin Mai, Srinivasan Raghunathan. “Passenger Profiling and Screening for Aviation Security in the Presence of Strategic Attackers,” INFORMS Decision Analysis.

Zhuolun, Li, Ke-Wei Huang, Huseyin Cavusoglu. “Quantifying the Impact of Badges on User Engagement in Online Q&A Communities,” International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Sitoh, Mun K., Huseyin Cavusoglu. “The Effect of Customers’ Emotion on Service Recovery Strategy in IT Service Failures,” International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Kankanhalli, Atreyi, Mahdieh Taer, Huseyin Cavusoglu, Seung Hyun Kim. “Gamification: A New Paradigm for Online User Engagement,” International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Zhuolun, Li, Ke-Wei Huanh, Huseyin Cavusoglu. “Can We Gamify Voluntary Contributions to Online Q&A Communities? Quantifying the Impact of Badges on User Engagement,” Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Cavusoglu, Huseyin, Tuan Phan, Hasan Cavusoglu, Edoardo Airoldi. “Do Privacy Controls Increase the Openness of Online Social Network Users: Analysis of Information Disclosure Behavior through a Natural Experiment,” Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Young Kwark, Jianqing Chen, Srinivasan Raghunathan. “Platform or Wholesale: Different Effects on Retailers of Online Product Reviews,” Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Chen, Jianqing, Ming Fan, Mingzhi Li. “Advertising versus Brokerage Model for Online Trading Platforms,” INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), Phoenix, October 2012.

Kwark, Young, Jianqing Chen, Srinivasan Raghunathan. “Online Product Reviews: Implications for Retailers and Competing Manufacturers,” INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), Phoenix, October 2012.

Lee, Chul Ho, Xianjun Geng, Srinivasan Raghunathan. “Mandatory Standards and Organizational Information Security, ”Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), Orlando, Florida, December 2012.

Geng, Xianjun, Young Jin Lee. “Competing with Piracy: A Multi-Channel Sequential Search Approach,” Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-46), January 2013.

Chen, Min; Varghese Jacob, Suresh Radhakrishnan, Young Ryu. “The Effect of Third Party Investigation on Pay-Per-Click Advertising,” International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Orlando, Florida, 2012.

Jiang, Zhengrui, Sumit Sarkar, Varghese S. Jacob. “Postrelease Testing and Software Release Policy for Enterprise-Level Systems,” Information Systems Research, Volume 23, September 2012, Part 1 of 2, pp. 635-657.

Asdemir, Kursad, Nanda Kumar, Varghese S. Jacob. “Pricing Models for Online Advertising: CPM vs. CPC,” Information Systems Research, Volume 23, September 2012, Part 1 of 2, pp. 804-822.

Raghunathan, Srinivasan, M. Ganesh, C. Rajendran. “The Value of Information Sharing in a Multi-Product, Multi-Level Supply Chain: Impact of Product Substitution, Demand Correlation, and Partial Information Sharing,” forthcoming Decision Support Systems Journal.

X. Li, Sumit Sarkar. “Data Clustering and Micro-Perturbation with Confidential Class Restriction,” forthcoming in Management Science.

Singh, Harpreet, Aggarwal, R., “Differential influence of blogs across different stages of decision making: the case of venture capitalists,” forthcoming, Management Information Systems Quarterly.


Brian Wrozek
Brian Wrozek

“An Afternoon With…” Guest Speakers for Fall

The Center for Information Technology Management, directed by UT Dallas IS faculty member Dr. Michael Savoie, hosted two engagements of the “An Afternoon With…” speaker series at the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management’s Davidson Auditorium. Approximately 100 people attended the September 14 event featuring Brian Wrozek, IT security and privacy director, Texas Instruments. Wrozek spoke with Savoie at length about cyber security and what Texas Instruments is doing to deal with cyber threats, both within and outside the company.

Jeff Katz
Jeff Katz

Sixty industry professionals joined UT Dallas faculty and students for An Afternoon With Jeff Katz, chief technology officer, Energy and Utilities Industry, IBM. Guests were treated to an in-depth discussion on the IBM Smarter Planet initiative, including discussions on the smart grid and cyber security. Katz then took questions from the audience for 45 minutes. Questions ran the gamut from technical inquiries about smart-grid technologies to general questions on the safety of wireless smart meters.

Jeff Katz
Susan Guess

SAP Users’ Group Kicks Off Fall Semester with Information Sessions

The SAP Users’ Group (SUG) kicked off the fall semester on September 26 with an information session at UT Dallas. The guest speaker was Susan Guess, senior director of SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Solutions Management at SAP Labs in Irving, Texas. The session topic, entitled “SAP BusinessObjects BI—Unique Offerings for the SAP BW Customer”, was on business intelligence and analytics. Forty-seven people attended and 45 signed up as new members.

Maria Wei
Maria Wei
Claudine Lagerholm
Claudine Lagerholm

On October 24, the guest speaker was Maria Wei, a graduate of UT Dallas and partner at ATCG Solutions in Richardson, Texas. Wei gave an information session on SAP ASAP methodology entitled “SAP Projects—Are You Ready?” Her company has hired several UT Dallas TERP10 graduates.

The group met November 28 for a presentation given by Claudine Lagerholm, director of analytics, Global Ecosystems and Channels at SAP. The presentation, entitled “Analytics Trends and the SAP Ecosystem” contained links to SAP’s career opportunities and product-related demos.

The SAP Users Group is a student organization that meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Dr. Lou Thompson, a member of the information systems faculty, is the advisor.

Lou Thompson
Lou Thompson

Students Tour Fossil and TI

Dr. Lou Thompson and 15 Jindal School of Management students took a tour of Fossil, Inc. in Plano, Texas, in mid-October. Fossil’s management team met the group along with several recent UT Dallas graduates — Lisa Dully (BS MIS 2012), Sravya Potluri (MS ITM 2011) and Narasimha Kumar Kode (MS ITM 2011). The Fossil team gave a presentation on operations and structure of the company and how SAP is used by Fossil both domestically and globally. Then the guests toured all the areas in the Fossil facility that use SAP software. The students also were told what Fossil looks for in job candidates. The tour ended with lunch at a local restaurant.

Another tour took place at Texas Instruments November 30. Twenty students attended with Dr. Thompson. The focus of the tour was Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology. The tour began with a brief history of DLP, which was followed by a demonstration of entertainment, educational and business uses of DLP technology. Students became familiar with technologies related to DLP, such as networking, cameras, hospital devices, cell phones and whiteboards used in schools. The students also enjoyed a 3-D movie that used DLP technology and visited the backroom of the movie theater that showcased the technology behind the scenes. The students had an opportunity to network with Texas Instruments professionals during the lunch on the premises that followed the tour.