Reminder – OCIS Doctoral Consortium Deadline is May 15

The OCIS is holding the 2008 Doctoral Consortium in Anaheim, CA, August 8-9, 2008. Please note that the deadline is this week – May 15th.  Please remind all of your colleagues who may also be interested.


The consortium will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to network, receive feedback on their research, and discuss career issues. PhD students working on research in the areas of Organizational Communication and Information Systems are invited to apply.  The original call for applications is below and provides more information.


OCIS Doctoral Consortium Call for Applications


The OCIS division of the Academy of Management is pleased to announce the 2008 Doctoral Consortium, to be held in Anaheim, CA, August 8-9, 2008.  The consortium will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to network, receive feedback on their research, and discuss career issues. PhD students working on research in the areas of Organizational Communication and Information Systems are invited to apply.  The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2008.


Doctoral Consortium Dates and Times

Friday, August 8, 2008, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, August 9, 2008, 9:00am – 5:30pm


Confirmed Faculty Advisors for the Doctoral Consortium

Brian Butler, University of Pittsburgh

Kathy Chudoba, Utah State University

Mary Culnan, Bentley College

Samer Faraj, McGill University

Olga Volkoff, Simon Fraser University


Application Process

Submit the following materials via email to Brian Butler ( by May 15, 2008:

  1. Completed application form (below)
  2. 5-page, double-spaced summary of proposed dissertation research
  3. Letter of recommendation from dissertation chair/advisor
  4. Curriculum vita


Any questions about the consortium should be directed to Brian Butler (


OCIS 2008 Doctoral Consortium Application Form

DEADLINE: MAY 15th, 2008






Phone number:


1. What year are you in your PhD program?

__1st   __2nd   __3rd   __4th   __5th or more


2. Will you have completed your dissertation proposal by August 8, 2008?

__yes  __no


3. Have you participated in an OCIS Doctoral Consortium in the past?

__yes  __no


4. Name and Contact Information for dissertation chair/advisor:


5. To consider your application we must receive a recommendation from your chair/advisor. It should be emailed to no later than May 15, 2008.  Have you asked your chair to submit a letter?

__yes  __no


6. Briefly describe your research interests. (1 Paragraph)


7. Briefly describe your dissertation research, including its current status (1 paragraph).




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Interview with Dr. Erik Beulen

Dr. Erik BeulenProf. dr. Erik Beulen holds the Accenture Global Sourcing Chair at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. He is also employed as a senior manager with Accenture. His research concentrates on outsourcing, offshore outsourcing, governance and the management of outsourcing relations. His papers have been published in journals such as European Management Journal, Communications Association for Information Systems and the proceedings of the HICSS and ICIS. He has contributed chapters in editorial books by Erran Carmel, Wendy Currie, Suzanne Rivard and Benoit Aubert and Wim van Grembergen. He is the author and co-author of various Dutch-language books on the subject of outsourcing and offshore outsourcing. He is also co-author of the book Managing IT Outsourcing, Routledge, UK.

In your dual role as a practitioner and also an academic, how do you see rigor versus relevant debate?

There are a few points that I would like to make in this regard. First, it is very important that before one attempts to publish any research work, it is crucial to decide the appropriate target audience for that output. If one really wants to target highly scientific world, one needs a different approach as compared to targeting business world. This decision has to be made upfront. Second, then the question arises regarding what is the ideal combination of relevance and rigor. Of course, a certain amount of rigor is always a pre-requisite for any type of research work. But one needs to think about balancing the possible journal outlet and the target audience. For instance, if one selects highly qualified academic journals, it will hardly be read by majority of business world, which is a missed opportunity for both academics and practitioners. So, I would suggest adding an extra dimension to this equation by including accessibility of the research. The research has to be rigorous, has to be relevant but also has to be accessible i.e. made available to practitioners. Balancing these three will maximize the value for both worlds. This is something I try to achieve with my academic role by focusing on outlets with high visibility and accessibility to both worlds.

As a practitioner, do you see yourself and your colleagues picking cues from academic research on IT related topics?

I think the answer is a ‘yes’ but there is significant scope for increasing and improving the collaboration between practitioners and academics. There must be an active participation of practitioners in research projects and high availability of research to them. The practitioners revert to research articles usually when they encounter some problem i.e. it is a reactive behavior from their end and this should be more pro-active. Practitioners must try to take advantage of research work on a regular basis rather than on a crisis basis.

Within IT (specifically IT Outsourcing) industry, what issues do you see in business world that have received little attention in academia?

The implications of offshore outsourcing on the economic development of low cost countries receive very little attention in academia. The general understanding is that offshore outsourcing positively contributes to the economic growth of a country as the IT industry generates software & IT services export. However the question is if this will also be true in the long run. As the costs of software & IT services increase and the availability of software & IT services decreases for companies operating out of the domestic market, there might also be a downside for the economic growth of the low cost countries.

As a practitioner, what would you suggest young doctoral candidates to increase the relevance of their research?

I would not suggest them to select a topic based on its relevance. Doctoral students must choose a research topic from an inventory of ideas that they find interesting. To pick a topic because it is relevant, in my opinion, is not an appropriate way of selection. Yes, the topic has to be relevant but that should not be the sole criteria for topic selection. A certain level of relevance should be a pre-requisite but I think if students choose a topic based on their interests, the output of their research will be much better and valuable.

We thank Dr. Erik Beulen 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 !

Good advice from the developer of WordPress

Matt Mullenweg

In mid-April, I was fortunate enough to attend a symposium and awards banquet at my future employer, the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’ll be joining the Management Information System department in Fall, 2008. One of their annual events is a prestigious Information Technology Awards Reception.

Much to my delight, one of the three industry winners was Matthew Charles Mullenweg, Founder and Primary Developer, Automattic Inc., the person and company behind the development of WordPress — the very same blogging platform that powers our blog!

It was a joy to hear his comments in an afternoon symposium, a business model built around “giving away your product for free” is a new, novel, challenging environment with countless opportunities for Information Technology researchers.

At the evening Awards Banquet I remembered to turn my camera over to video mode in time to capture about half of Matt’s speech. This short portion provides a flavor of the inspirational message this ambitious 24-year-old college drop-out captured the audience’s attention with.

Matt’s advice, akin to Joseph Campbell’s “follow your bliss”, is good advice indeed. It is a blessing when your job and your calling are one in the same.

The dark-haired head moving across the screen at the end of the video is my future colleague Youngjin Yoo, also an award recipient that evening (in the Faculty Research category). Here’s a final picture of Matt Mullenweg and Youngjin Yoo waiting for the ceremony to start.

Matt Mullenweg and Youngjin Yoo

There’s an election underway

Bumped — elections will end soon. If you haven’t voted yet, don’t forget to vote!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. There’s an election underway: Academy of Management division elections, that is.

If you are a member of Academy of Management, you should have received the announcement on voting. I’ve repeated it below as a helpful reminder. (If you’re not a member, it’s a screaming deal for students. Go ahead and join, you’ll be glad you did. It’s worth it for the journal subscriptions alone.)

Dear Worldwide Members of the Academy of Management,

The 2008 Division and Interest Group Elections website is open and ready for your participation.

Please vote now:

You will need to log-in using your last name and your member ID# as password.

The consolidated division and interest group election process provides a secure, simple way to vote in the elections for the divisions and interest groups that you belong to … all in one place! You may cast votes in all elections at one time, or re-enter the site and vote in each election as your schedule allows. After voting in each division or interest group election, you will not be able to vote in that election again or change a vote once it is cast. Only those division and interest groups in which you hold current membership will appear on your screen.

We encourage you to participate in this important effort to choose the future leaders of your division(s) and interest group(s). Most elections close by May 16, so please vote today!

Thank you,

          Academy of Management