Important Contest Announcement: Deadline Extension

The contest committee hereby announces that the deadline for the contest is extended until end of day, next Saturday, July 7, 2007.

We’ve had several people say they just learned about the site in our last announcement and we want to give them a chance to participate, too. When we looked at the schedule we realized we can extend by one week and still have enough time to get through the nomination, voting, and tallying process before the winners are announced at the Academy of Management Conference in Philly.

Let me know if you have any questions (steven.l.johnson@gmail).

Staying atop the relevancy issue…

Cheers people,

in terms of teaching and in terms of research… How do you make sure that the message you are trying to convey, that the knowledge you transfer at your course, and that the research you are pursuing, is actually practice-relevant? What are the mechanisms you employ to ensure you teach relevant things? How do you try to “translate” academically rigorous research into something that is actually readable and something that actually satisfies a business (not academic) reader?

In my opinion, I feel that this should be our very high priority. A penny for your thoughts…

PS: I am adding this stuff later on to the initial post as I can’t post images in the comment. Have been reading The Daily Drucker for the last two months (and will continue for another 10, as this is the point of the book – read a page a day) and have came across an interesting part of it…

Interview…

In the final stretch…

Our web participation contest is entering the final stretch. Act fast–there are mere days remaining to put up that post you’ve been meaning to write. Right now is a great time to catch up with reading and replying to comments, too.

The participation statistics have crept up some since mid-month–still, I’d bet that at least one of the contest winners is yet to be posted!

Status Update – as of Monday, June 11 

  • So far there are five participants eligible for the two “posting” prize categories.
  • So far there have been about 120 comments with 13 participants eligible in the “comments” and “random drawing” categories.
  • So far there are 14 participants who have created WordPress accounts, even more who have requested accounts, and even more who have subscribed to the blog!

Good luck to everyone in the contest.

Top Ten Reasons to Write on This Blog (and Top Ten Myths about Blogging)

What’s the point of writing on this blog? And, why do you hesitate to write on this blog? Here I’d like to offer some reasons and debunk some myths. These are incomplete lists (less than ten for each list) so please feel free to write on!

1. it’s fun

2. people automatically think you are smarter than you are just because you’ve written something

3. you don’t know what you think until you write it.

4. writing is good practice

5. its a way to continue interacting with colleagues in between conferences

6. it’s a way to make new friends in the same field

[To be continued …]

Myths Debunked

1. Myth: What you write will be used against you

Reality: You’re just as likely to leave a good impression for future employers

2. Myth: Saying something bad/stupid/silly on a blog permanently scars your career

Reality: Treat a blog as an public forum, just as you would be asking or answering a question at a conference. Trust that your colleagues (present and future) will treat information in context.

3. Myth: Time spent on the blog is time wasted: it’s better to write your dissertation, work on a paper, or prepare for class

Reality: You’re going to waste time on the Internet, socializing with friends, or staring out the window anyway. Blogging is also a way to organize thoughts and to write concisely.

4. Myth: Blogging is pointless.

Reality: See above.

[To be continued …]

AOM, AOM, AOM — part I – Philly – con’d

Hi all,

Just found that the conference website has local information about Philly – Philly blog – in the main menu. Check it out!

Yukika

Oh, yeah, that contest whatchamacallit?

Yes, indeed our contest continues!

The OCIS Student Website Contest continues. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has already participated and a giant WELCOME to those now joining.

Reminders

  • The contest is over halfway over. There are three weeks remaining until the June 30, 2007 deadline.

Today’s Tips

  • Invite your (doctoral student) friends. When we hit the next phase of this contest we’re have nominations and then voting for the best content. Invite your colleagues to participate now–the more participants we have, the better the selection process will work.
  • Post and comment. Remember, three of the most frequent posters on this site–myself, Rachel, and Yukika all serve on the contest committee. We’re not eligible to win any of the five prizes.  When you look at statistics below you’ll see the best way to increase your chance to win a prize is to post an entry. Yes, it is a little more work compared to writing a comment, yet with fewer people posting entries your odds of winning are higher.

Status Update – as of Monday, June 11 

  • So far there are five participants eligible for the two “posting” prize categories.
  • So far there have been about 120 comments with 13 participants eligible in the “comments” and “random drawing” categories.
  • So far there are 14 participants who have created WordPress accounts, even more who have requested accounts, and even more who have subscribed to the blog!

Good luck to everyone in the contest.

Too many streams of research…

In our school we are encouraged to work with various area groups (at least in first two years of the PhD program). This has resulted in collaborative projects with strategy and OB faculty members and PhD students. Now, I have diverse range of papers submitted to different journals. Some examples are given below:

a) Role of Boards in Non-profit sector (R&R from Journal of Management

b) Geographic Diversification and Performance (To be submitted to Journal of International Business Studies)

c) Comparison of PLS and Covariance based Multigroup analysis (R&R from MISQ)

d) Effect of CMC on social capital (2nd round of review at ISR)

e) Infusion of Technology-An individual perspective (R&R at MISQ)

f) Online Vendor Characteristics, Trust, and Customer Repurchasing Intention-A Cross-Country Validation (under review at ISR)

There are couple of other projects that spans across the OB, Strategy and IS areas. I have following questions regarding this diversity of research streams…

1) Having these diverse projects does provide a holistic view of business activities but is it seen as lack of focus?

2) Is working in too many streams of research seen as a weakness or lack of coherence?

3) How one can build this diverse research as a strength in CV and covering letter for job application?

Any other perspectives on this topic will be very helpful…

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