Work Life Balance

As a doctoral student, how do you achieve work life balance?


Syracuse University Opened Up New Positions for Fall 2008!

For those of you who are in the job market right now:

Syracuse University School of Information Studies just opened up new positions. IST is a wonderful, very collaborative place with a great culture. The Ph.D. program is also great, and Ph.D. students collaborate actively with professors as part of their research practica, or voluntarily, which means you get interested and qualified students to collaborate with you on your research! I would have loved to work at IST, so I strongly recommend it to all of my colleagues and friends.

Below is the formal job description.

Yeliz Eseryel, Ph.D. Candidate
Syracuse University School of Information Studies
Research focus: Leadership in global teams.



The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University has
several tenure-track openings for promising or established scholars to
join its highly active, accomplished, and interdisciplinary faculty.

The iSchool ( hosts seven research centers and
laboratories, and has strengths in information management, information
security, virtual collaboration, Internet research methods, emerging
networking technologies, natural language processing, digital literacy,
information retrieval, digital libraries, and telecommunications policy
areas, among others.

Our 40 full-time and more than 100 part-time faculty members seek
entrepreneurial scholars whose interests complement and mesh with those
of current faculty members to start in either Fall 2008 or Spring 2009.
To complement our research strength in the social and organizational
dimensions of IT, we seek scholars who have a track record in spanning
disciplinary boundaries in the study of socio-technical systems. For
instance, we are seeking scholars who can contribute to research and
teaching in the area of cyberinfrastructure, as defined by the National
Science Foundation’s blue ribbon panel. Cyberinfrastructure refers to
the various kinds of information infrastructure that contribute to
ubiquitous, comprehensive digital environments. We are particularly
interested in individuals who have the potential to obtain grants and
other external funding or an established record of doing so and who
strengthen one of our existing research areas. Individuals with teaching
experience and who can provide evidence of a strong commitment to
teaching excellence are preferred.

Rank and experience level of these positions are open. A completed Ph.D.
in a relevant field of study or the expectation of completion of the
Ph.D. by August 2008 is required. Responsibilities will be appropriate
for rank, with the typical allocation of two courses per semester,
research activities, advising, participation in School and University
committees, and other duties as assigned by the dean.

Submit a curriculum vita; a statement of research and teaching
interests; research writing sample(s); teaching portfolio or other
evidence of teaching experience; and at least three references to The Job Number is 024017. Questions may be directed
to the search chair at

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the candidates
are identified. Those applications submitted by May 15, 2008, will be
given priority as we would like to move quickly.

Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Next “Meet the Stars”!

The next “Meet the Stars” is Prof. M. Lynne Markus. Prof. Markus is the John W. Poduska, Sr. Professor of Information and Process Management and Senior Editor, MIS Quarterly Theory and Review Department. Her current research focuses on data and systems integration and the development of vertical industry standards.

Interview topics include, but not limited to, her current research areas, qualitative methods, doctoral student education, etc.

If you have questions you want to ask or if you have any interesting topics in your mind, please share with us! 🙂

Thanks a lot,


Help! Social Gatheirng Place in Anaheim…

Anybody know well about Anaheim area? If so, please help us! :)))

In each year, our OCIS division organizes a social gathering…We are looking for a cool place to get together…for drinks and foods.

If anybody knows about a nice place for the OCIS community to get together, please share your tips!

Many thanks,


Any recommendations for (free) Windows video editing software?

Okay, I’ve got a bleg (blog beg) for the gang.

I’ve got a video I want to upload and share with everyone here at the blog. The quality is not so great, but it’s interesting enough I think people will enjoy it.

I’d like to do some really simple editing first. Basically, I want to add a title slide or two at the front and then include only the first 90 seconds (or so) of what is now a 210 second AVI file. Like I said, it’s really simple editing, right?

I tried a couple of free programs I found at, but haven’t found anything that handles this task well. Instead of banging my head against the wall again and again, I’m turning to y’all. Any recommendations?

Job Postings

For those of you who have procured, are currently seeking, or are planning to find a faculty position, where do you look for job postings? I imagine many of us turn to the AIS placement service web site, or perhaps The Chronicle’s web site. Are there other valuable sites? Does anyone visit individual college and university web sites?

Interview with Prof. Eric van Heck

Prof. Eric van HeckRecently, Prof. Eric van Heck took some time out to chat with us. Prof. van Heck is the Professor of IS and Markets at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he teaches in the international M.B.A. program, the Global eManagement (GeM) program, and PhD students. Prof. van Heck has published in journals such as the California Management Review, Communications of the ACM, European Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology, and WirtschaftsInformatik. He is a member of the editorial board of Electronic Commerce Research, the Journal of Information Technology, and the European Journal of Information Systems, and has written or edited twelve books.

You are amongst the first few people who started working on “Auctions”. Can you share the motivation behind your work on auctions, specifically, “Re-engineering the Dutch Flower Auctions: A Framework for Analyzing Exchange Organizations” (ISR, 1997), “The Cutting Edge in Auctions” (HBR, 2000) and “Making Markets” (HBS Press, 2002)?

The topic of auctions or online auctions was 15 yrs ago a very obscure research object as it was not a very well-known application area. When I was presenting my work at ICIS or other conferences, people were quite puzzled with this topic. My initial work was focused on flower auctions and the role of IT. The interesting aspect of auctions that excited me was as Charles Smith states “The Social Construction of Value”. Auctions and online auctions have three interesting and diverse aspects: human/social aspect; business process aspect and technology aspect. I think these features made it a very interesting topic for me. Auctions gained popularity through development of internet and mainstream examples are E-bay and Google Adword auction, which strengthen auction as a research area.

Which research areas are you working on currently?

Next to the online auctions, currently I am working on three other research topics:

  • Role of Information Architecture in Business Network – focuses on Smart Business Networks (CACM, 2007)
  • IT and Business Process Outsourcing – focuses on how business partners can connect to each other.
  • Role of IT in new world of work – focuses on influence of IT on how work is changing in terms of modularity, team work, globalization etc.

You have supervised lots of doctoral students. What challenges/pleasures have you encountered while working with them?

I play a dual role with regard to doctoral students. First, I have 8 doctoral students that I supervise. Second, I am Director of Doctoral Education in our school; where we have over 100 PhD students. The best thing about working with doctoral students is their curiosity, enthusiasm and intellect. It’s great to work with smart people, sometimes smarter than I am. I challenge them and they challenge me on various topics and developing new theoretical or practical insights is a very rewarding process. Also, I enjoy witnessing the process of doctoral student maturing over their dissertation project years. They come in with a lot of enthusiasm and innocence and majority of them leave as mature researcher with their own research streams, branding in the area etc.

With regard to your years as a doctoral student, what do you remember as your most memorable experience?

I had many wonderful experiences during my doctoral study. But my most memorable experiences were while actively participating in doctoral student community of Dutch universities called E-dispuut. It is a community run by doctoral students working in information systems area to discuss all kinds of issues linked to dissertation such as theoretical or methodological challenges. It was a great way to share experiences and learn about how others were doing, where they were struggling with their research, how were they overcoming these challenges etc. and also about issues such as how to defend your research or present your research. These meetings certainly energized all of us and gave us lots of insights. I have a great memory of that time and I am still supporting E-dispuut which has been actively running for over 18 years now.

We thank Prof. Eric van Heck for talking to us.

Did you find this interview interesting? Do you have any questions you always wanted to ask some OCIS faculty member or practitioners? This is your chance, just let us know your comments/questions and your faculty of choice and we will get the answers for you !

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