Call for Nominations: OCIS Best Published Paper for 2006

Were there any newly published papers in the last year that really stood out in your mind? Here’s your chance to help the authors gain some extra recognition for their efforts. From OCISNET:

Which paper, published in 2006, stands out as exemplary for you?  Which 2006 paper had a significant impact on your thinking?  Which 2006 paper brought some closure to an ongoing debate in the OCIS area?

Every year OCIS gives an award to the best published paper (co-)authored by a member of the OCIS community.  We are currently seeking nominations for the best OCIS paper published in 2006. 

Please email me, Ulrike Schultze (, your nominations by April 13, 2006.  Please provide me with the paper’s publication details and an explanation of why this paper should win the OCIS best published paper award.  Even if you aren’t sure whether the paper’s authors are OCIS members, please go ahead and nominate the work that you consider exemplary, significant and path-breaking in our field; I will make check the authors’ OCIS membership to ensure the nominated paper’s eligibility.

I look forward to receiving your nominations,


(OCIS Division Chair Elect)


Research Advice for Graduate Students

I’m cleaning off my desk this morning and I stumble across a sheet of paper kindof like the one above.

It must be important. I’ve had it for quite a while. I read it again: it looks like good advice for graduate students and their research.

    • Be fearless, not reckless.
    • Ambitious goals: attack hard problems.
    • Aggressive time frames: months more often than years. 

Too bad I can’t remember where or when I wrote this down! Nonetheless, I’m passing it along, with apologies to whoever originally gave it for the lack of proper attribution. Thank you, anonymous sage.

What do you think: is it good or bad advice? Have you heard it before? Any idea who to attribute these pearls of wisdom to?

Top ten signs that you’re an MIS major

Last year a group of us at Katz were throwing ideas around for ways to attract potential undergrad MIS majors and to boost enrollment. I asked ….

How about “Top ten signs that you’re an MIS major“, starting with….

1. You dream about using computers to change the status quo.
2. You don’t mind computers doing the work for you.
3. You are puzzled by any business that makes money without computers.

Ending with (a controversial one)…
10. Deep down you’re still a nerd…

Brian Butler threw in this one:

4. Because you actually know what “is” is.

How about you? What would you write?

Receiving Reviews

It’s that time of year when decision letters (well, emails, really!) go out for Academy of Management submissions. It’s a good time to talk about handling reviewer feedback. How do you handle receiving reviews?

Back in the pre-electronic age of snail mail, the story was you could tell something by the thickness of an envelope–the thicker the better as acceptance letters often included long instructions about manuscript preparation. That led some to put off opening thin envelopes for days.

Some people have a trusted colleague, spouse, or significant other read the notification first and give the news to them gently. Others skim the letter quickly, spend a day or so working through their emotional response (positive or negative!) and then get down to the business of carefully reading the reviews for constructive feedback.

How about you, what’s your style?