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President's Message: Become “Ambassadors of the Possible”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  

As I work to serve you as AIS President this year, I hope you will join me as Ambassadors of the Possible. The role of an ambassador is to communicate, inform, and represent. The ‘possible’ can be seen as good or bad. It can be hopeful or fearful. In any case, knowledge is needed to understand where we came from, how we can move forward with our design, and which theories can guide and help understand the continual process of digitization.  To make this possible, IS-academics need to connect and balance exploration (theory and research) and exploitation (practice and teaching). I have chosen this as my theme in order to signify the value of each of our member’s role in serving society through the advancement of the Information Systems discipline.

Ten years from now, I would like AIS to have realized the following achievements:

  • Help IS-academics to gain global visibility for their ongoing contributions to the body of knowledge.
  • Lead IS-academics through the change into a new global educational system.
  • Forge a global partnership between students and business for sustaining an educated, employed, and innovative work force.

To ensure the attractiveness and viability of AIS for both new and longstanding members, I have selected these strategic goals for my term:  

  1. Strengthen the reputation of IS as an enabler and driver of social and business innovation. AIS as the voice of IS needs to be heard in the global debate on digitization of business and society.
  2. Expand membership and focus on members’ needs.  AIS will focus on providing services to its members such as doctoral students, and untenured/tenured/full/late/retired/adjunct/clinical faculty in research and publication oriented institutions as well as teaching-oriented institutions in all countries and users of research.
  3. Make our conferences more accessible.  AIS conferences and AIS-affiliated conferences serve as a central hub for academic discourse and networking.  AIS should strive to make that discourse more easily accessible to all IS-communities.
  4. Achieve a dynamic and innovative character.  Since our environment is dynamic, AIS should explore and continuously evaluate new types of events and formats for serving its members and stakeholders.
  5. Maintain the diversity of IS-discipline. We need to sustain the diversity of the IS-discipline with regards to its scientific paradigms, topics, geographical influence sphere, geographical reach, and disciplinary inclusion.

I look forward to working with the AIS Council to make these goals possible in the coming year and I offer my appreciation to the immediate past president, Jane Fedorowicz, on her leadership this past year as we traveled the “road to relevance”.

Finally, I offer my sincere thanks to the following people whose terms on the AIS Council have concluded: Doug Vogel, 2012 – 13 President; Richard Baskerville, Vice President of Communication; Eldon Li, Region 2 Representative; Keng Siau, Vice President of Education.  They, together with all members serving the AIS community deserve our thanks for their efforts and contributions!

Please join me and AIS Council and become an Ambassador of the Possible!

I hope to see you all in Savannah in August and Auckland in December!

Helmut Krcmar
AIS President
Technische Universität München

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