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AMCIS 2016 Features Workshops for All

Wednesday, July 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

In addition to outstanding keynote speakers, posters, and paper presentations, AMCIS 2016 will also feature a variety of workshops to focus on topics including grant writing, digital transformation, and more! Visit the AMCIS 2016 website to learn more and register today!

Green Information Systems

Organizations increasingly recognize that environmental sustainability is an urgent problem. Information systems are meant to be a key resource in assisting individuals, organizations, governments, and societies to become more environmentally sustainable. But as technological artefacts, information systems are also contributing to environmental degradation. This dialectic signifies some of the complexities surrounding the development and use of information systems for environmental sustainability, which has led to the inception of the Green IS research theme in the IS discipline. Researchers in Green IS have started to systematically explore the role that information systems might play but the knowledge to date remains emergent and nascent. This tutorial will introduce Green IS as the research stream concerned with the development and use of information systems for environmental sustainability. We will explore the relevance and characteristics of environmental sustainability, the current state of knowledge in Green IS and open research questions and approaches.

Grant Writing in Information Systems Research

Grant writing has become a necessary activity for many university faculty and other professionals. Older dependable sources of funding have diminished or have been substituted for competitive grants. Moreover, universities make decisions about hiring and tenure based on the success of the faculty in acquiring grants for their research, which also involves other benefits, such as obtaining funds for graduate assistants, travel, and equipment. There are many distinct funding sources, including federal agencies, foundations, private corporations, and alumni.  In this workshop first discuss the fundamental art of writing successful grants and then we examine different types of programs and their characteristics. We also discuss specific funding opportunities related to the IS field. This will be a hands on workshop where attendees will work to develop their own grant proposal during the workshop while practicing the grant writing skills learned during the workshop. 

Research and Practice in Locational Analytics and Spatial Analysis

This workshop focuses spatial analysis as an area of research within MIS. The area has been expanding very rapidly during this decade in the business world. Estimates indicate geo-services revenues approach $300 billion, and spatial applications are spreading extensively on mobile, cloud, big data, and analytics platforms. The workshop seeks to provide the background from leading researchers and practitioners on how spatial analytics can provide new and promising avenues for MIS research, what the current status is of locational/spatial research is across the MIS community, and how leading business practitioners are using research techniques to apply spatial analytics and geographic information systems (GIS) for business decision-making. The keynoter from Esri Inc. will cover applying GIS methodologies and spatial statistics for practical spatial uses in medicine and health care. The workshop will also be a forum for discussing and encouraging upcoming submissions to a special issue of an IS journal. 

Set-Theoretic Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) for IS Research

Fused interaction of IT with organizational and environmental elements is creating complex phenomena, often exhibiting nonlinear, discontinuous change such that an adjustment in IT can trigger drastic changes in other elements, and eventually the whole socio-technical system may shift to new equilibriums. Further, such fused interactions possibly result in multiple pathways to an outcome of interest, so called equifinality. In such complex dynamics, the role of IT should be understood as an element of the holistic socio-technical system rather than a separate independent variable. This workshop will foster discussion about how qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) can help IS researchers build novel, richer theories, which is a set-theoretic method best suited to building a configurational theory to investigate the complex digital phenomena.

Integration of Computer Based Dynamic Modeling and Business Process Improvement as an Innovative Pedagogical Approach for delivering Business Process Management (BPM) courses in Colleges of Business Administration

Contemporary businesses are viewing process improvement and innovation as a strategic priority, and are increasingly adopting the techniques of computer based simulation modeling to facilitate these goals. Consequently, business process improvement and change are key competencies in Innovation, Organizational Change, and Entrepreneurship for MSIS programs (MSIS 2016 Second Public Deliverable, 2016). Existing curricular recommendations (MSIS 2006, IS 2010) also emphasize the need to develop business process knowledge and skills. The workshop will demonstrate how hands-on process modeling and simulation can be used to enhance teaching effectiveness in business process management courses using an easy and flexible commercial software tool for modelling both simple and complex processes and modeling standards (including BPMN models). 

Healthcare Transformation

While new innovations are surfacing to deliver care and support patient empowerment and convenience outside the hospital walls, these innovations have to be successfully adopted and assimilated into a complex health care system if continuity of care and reduced cost are the desired health care goals. Health care providers have to become service driven and co-create value with patients and family members. Three panel discussions are to address this need.

SAP: Digital Transformation Info Day

The hottest topic in business today is Digital Transformation. Explore the trend and learn how you can bring this exciting topic into your classroom through SAP University Alliances Network. 

Teradata: Big Data Analytics and Data Visualization: Trends and Platforms

This workshop presents practical skills in managing data by exploring the trends and key platforms for big data analytics and visualization through a live demo where attendees can follow along. Attendees teaching analytics will benefit from exposure to big data and visualization tools such as Aster Discovery Platform and SAS Visual Analytics. Academics will learn to incorporate data visualization and advanced analytics in their existing courses and include sports analytics to engage and excite students.

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