Below are descriptions for the following workshops:

  1. Green Information Systems
  2. Grant Writing in Information Systems Research
  3. Research and Practice in Locational Analytics and Spatial Analysis
  4. Set-Theoretic Methods: Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) for IS Research
  5. 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
  6. Healthcare Transformation
  7. SAP: Digital Transformation Info Day
  8. Teradata: Big Data Analytics and Data Visualization: Trends and Platforms

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Green Information Systems

August 11
8:30 AM- Noon


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.

Speaker Background

Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow and Full Professor for Information Systems and Retail Innovation at Queensland University of Technology, where he held the inaugural Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation. His research focuses on process-oriented systems analysis, Green IS and IT-enabled innovation. His research has appeared in MISQ, JAIS, EJIS, JIT, ISJ, DSS, SJIS, Information & Management, and others. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems, and Associate Editor for the MIS Quarterly.

He is an active scholar in Green IS research, with publications amongst others in the MIS Quarterly special issue on Green IS (2013), several papers and panel contributions at conferences, plus invited commentaries. He also co-edited a first research volume on Green BPM (Springer, 2012).

Tutorial Description

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. The tutorial will consist of 4 blocks, each roughly of 45-minute length.

Grant Writing in Information Systems Research

August 11
8:30 AM- 12:30 PM


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. Attendees will be expected to think through potential topics for their grant ahead of the workshop and be prepared for working on their grant applications at the workshop. Attendees may also come together as a team to work on grants together with their teams. During the workshop we will be providing critique of the proposals and also help clarify the structure and content of your grants. After the workshop, attendees should be able to identify grant programs relevant to information systems research and be able to better evaluate the quality of their grant proposals.

Speaker Background

Sanjay Goel, the workshop Chair, is a professor and Chair of the Information Technology Management Department at the University at Albany. He is the director of the Center for Forensics Analytics for Complex Energy and Transportation Systems (FACETS). Professor Goel has received over 6 million dollars through federal agencies and such as the National Science Foundation, IARPA, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, United States Department of Education, National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, James S. McDonnell Foundation, AT&T Foundation, etc.

Workshop Description

This workshop will be separated in three parts. During the first part we will will review the importance of grant writing in academia, the different grant programs available for information system research as well as basic criteria for grant writing in general. In the second part, workshop attendees will choose a particular grant program and write a proposal for that program. Lastly, workshop attendees will review each other’s proposal and discuss strengths and weaknesses and/or get critique from the workshop organizers on their working proposals.

Research and Practice in Locational Analytics and Spatial Analysis

August 11
8:30 AM- 12:30 PM

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.

Speakers Background

James B. Pick is professor in School of Business at University of Redlands. He is past chair of the Department of Management and Business and past assembly chair of the School of Business. He is the author of 150 journal articles, book chapters, and refereed proceedings in the research areas of management information systems, geographic information systems, urban studies, population, and renewable energy, and author or co-author of twelve books, including Geographic Systems in Business (editor, 2005), Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization (2008), Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach, 2nd ed. (2012), and The Global Digital Divides: Explaining Change (2015). He received a Ph.D. from University of California Irvine.

Avijit Sarkar is Associate Professor at the University of Redlands School of Business. He is director of the university’s Center for Business GIS and Spatial Analysis. His research interests are in business analytics and geographic information systems in business and operations research. His research articles have been published in journals such as Telecommunications Policy, Journal of Geographical Systems, European Journal of Operational Research, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, and Computers and Operations Research. He is co-author of The Global Digital Divides: Explaining Change (Springer, 2015). He serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Business Analytics. Dr. Sarkar received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from University at Buffalo.

Hindupur Ramarkishna professor of information systems at the University of Redlands School of Business. At Redlands he is also the coordinator for the MSIT program and the Director of the study- abroad India program. He earned his Ph.D. from Georgia State University. His research interests focus on Information Systems personnel, IS curriculum, business analytics, and geographic information systems (GIS). He has taught in a variety of business schools in the US during the past 33 years. He has published in Interfaces, Journal of CIS, Omega, Information and Management, Human Performance, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Computer Personnel, and other journals. His Ph.D. is from Georgia State University.

Brian N. Hilton in Clinical Associate Professor in the Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Hilton designed, developed, and implemented the GIS Solution Development concentration at CISAT which includes courses on the core concepts and use of GIS for analysis as well as for the development of GIS-based solutions. Dr. Hilton established, and is the Director of, the Advanced GIS Lab at CISAT. His current research interests lie in spatial information system development, the use of emerging technologies in information system development, and the processes related to the use of GIS to support decision-making. He received a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University.

Namchul Shin is professor of information systems in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University. He received his Ph.D. in Management (specialization in MIS) from the University of California at Irvine. His work has been published in journals such as Industry & Innovation. Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Information Management, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, and Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application, among other journals. He is associate editor of Journal of Electronic Commerce Research and a member of the editorial board of Business Process Management Journal.

Dan Farkas is past chair of the Information Systems department at Pace University and the AIS Special Interest group on GIS (SIGGIS). He has been innovative in developing curriculum in Computer Security, Web Development and most recently Geographic Information Systems. He has given tutorials and workshops on Networking, Linux Administration, and GIS Concepts to national audiences for over 20 years. He was recently involved in a Pace University grant (funded by Verizon) to provide GIS faculty development workshops across the disciplines. He holds a PhD from New York University

Lauren Bennett (Invited Speaker) is Spatial Analysis Product Engineer at Esri Inc. She participates in developing ESRI’s vision for innovative analytical software developed interacting with a wide spectrum of decision makers and GIS users in such industry sections as Public Health/Medicine, Defense/Intelligence, Police and Fire, Education, and Local Government. Ms. Bennett holds a Geography from McGill University, MS. In Geographic and Cartography Science from George Mason University, and is a Ph.D. student in information systems and technology at Claremont Graduate University.

Workshop Description

The workshop has the goal to highlight the current state of spatial research in business and information schools, demonstrate a cutting-edge business-related spatial research project, present findings from the 2016 AIS Member Survey on Research in Locational Analytics and GIS, discuss research gaps in this area, and summarize the workshop’s outcomes. The Survey will be sent to over 2,000 AIS members this spring and it concerns the main areas of spatial research interest, types of locational research within MIS, behavioral aspects, theories, units of analysis, geographical referencing, sources of spatial data, tools, graduate student involvement, and GIS software resources available.
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The findings will offer unprecedented knowledge of where MIS-based spatial research is today, what problems it addresses, how much it uses conventional theories and methods versus new ones, and what it has contributed so far. The results will also highlight gaps in research, leading into a group discussion of the gaps and how they can be addressed, and where the opportunities are.

An Invited Presentation will be given by Lauren Bennett from ESRI. Inc., an expert on spatial analysis and spatial statistics at the world’s leading GIS corporation. At the end of the workshop, there is a presentation about an upcoming special issue of the Journal of the journal, Information Technology for Development, on spatial analysis and GIS for development, which some attendees might be interested in contributing to. The workshop concludes by emphasizing the key takeaways on present spatial research within MIS, research gaps, and next steps for participants.

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

August 11
10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

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. Notwithstanding the increasing need for a holistic systemic perspective, there is still a paucity of IS research that investigates how IT effectively works together with organizational and environmental elements to produce the expected outcomes.

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. Recently, QCA is drawing increasing attention of IS and management researchers to its capability to investigate the complex phenomena (El Sawy et al. 2010). QCA developed by Charles Ragin (1987) integrates the strengths of both case-oriented qualitative methods and variable-oriented quantitative methods, and can be applicable for small, medium, or large data either at the group, organization, country, or ecosystem level. This workshop will foster discussion about how QCA can help IS researchers build novel, richer theories.

The workshop will be divided into two parts:

Part 1 (10:00AM – 12:00PM): A set of short introductory seminars (no registration required)

Part 2 (12:00PM – 1:00 PM): Roundtable discussions of submitted proposals (proposal submission required)

The second session of the workshop is about paper development. We encourage scholars to submit their work for discussion in a collaborative and constructive setting. Scholars with QCA expertise will help the researchers who do not have QCA expertise to use QCA for their working papers. Further, IS scholars who have been using QCA for their research will also be invited to discuss and develop further their working papers.

To attend part 2, we recommend you to submit a proposal for review by at least July 15. If you need to know acceptance decision before the data due to some reasons like travel schedule, you can request us to send acceptance notice. We can review submitted proposals before the due date in such cases.

Submission Guidelines:

Your proposal should not exceed 3 single-spaced pages (excluding references). You may also add 1 additional page of figures, tables, graphs, etc. Specifically, please include the following: (1) Research topic and conceptual framework; (2) Key research questions; (3) Short description of data and methods (if applicable); (4) Key findings (if applicable); (5) Challenges (the area on which you would like to focus discussion); (6) Three keywords that describe your proposal; and (7) Faculty + rank or Ph.D. student + year in program.

Please send proposals via email to YoungKi Park ( and James S. Denford ( by July 15, 2016.

Some example topics but not limited to:

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

August 11
10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

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). The presenters will also share best practices for course design. The workshop is based on three faculty members’ experience in teaching and coordinating undergraduate and graduate courses enrolling thousands of students at an AACSB-accredited business university. This workshop will demonstrate the effectiveness of using computer-based dynamic, hands-on simulation as a pedagogical instrument for effectively delivering BPM courses in colleges of business administration. This will be accomplished by demonstrating in the workshop that:

Speakers Background

All presenters are full-time faculty members who have taught business process management courses on the university level for many years. They have experience using the tools and techniques integral to the workshop on both the graduate and undergraduate level. Their background and experience can be found at:,

They have jointly co- authored a paper on this topic (Saraswat, S., Anderson, D. M., Chircu, A. M. Teaching Business Process Management with Simulation in Graduate Business Programs: An Integrative Approach. Journal of Information Systems Education, 25 (3), 221-232, Fall 2014) and made related paper and panel presentations at AMCIS, ECIS, AITP-EDSIG, and other conferences. One of the authors has also written more broadly on this topic (Bandara, W., Chand, D. R., Chircu, A. M., Hintringer, S., Karagiannis, D., Recker, J., van Regsburg, A., Usoff, C. A., Welke, R. (2010). Business Process Management Education in Academia: Status, Challenges and Recommendations. Communications of AIS, 27 (1), 743-776.).

Workshop Description

The workshop will demonstrate how processes of increasing complexity can be analyzed using a process modeling and simulation tool, Process Model. This tool has been successfully used by many thousands of students enrolled at Bentley in required undergraduate and graduate business courses during the last few years. The tool is easy to adopt in an academic environment, and has proven extremely flexible, stable and easy to use for both simple and complex processes and modeling standards (including BPMN models). The workshop will feature both simple processes (i.e. call center / customer service) and complex processes (small business end-to-end operations and Sales and Distribution / Fulfillment processes for larger businesses, as supported by SAP or other standard enterprise systems software). For each example, the process will be modeled, simulated, and analyzed in order to identify bottlenecks, resource utilization issues, and other process problems. Changes will be made to the model to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Workshop participants will be introduced to:

The presenters will also share best practices for teaching business process improvement, reengineering and management in undergraduate and graduate classes.

In addition, workshop participants will receive instructions for installing a free, 14-day trial version of the modeling software on their Windows or Mac computers.

Health Care TransformationStJoe Exhibitor Logo

August 11
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Workshop Description

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.

Questions:  please contact Mohan Tanniru

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SAP: Digital Transformation Info DaySAP Exhibitor Logo

August 11
8:30 AM- 12:30 PM
The hottest topic in business today is Digital Transformation. But what does it really mean? What are the challenges and opportunities businesses around the world experience as they become a digital enterprise? What are the opportunities for your university, your teaching and your students? Explore the trend from an industry and academic perspective, then learn how you can bring this exciting topic into your classroom through the SAP University Alliances Network.

Special guest Professor Key Pousttchi, SAP Endowed Chair for Business Informatics and Digitalization at the University of Potsdam, will share his research with participants. He will additionally facilitate the second half of the workshop during the deep dive focusing on digital transformation at your university, your classroom and your students.

Speakers for this session are:
Heather Czech Matthews, SAP
Ross Hightower, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Nancy Jones, San Diego State University
Sandra Moerch-Petersen, SAP
Arash Negahban, California State University, Chico
Christine Witt, California State University, Chico

Questions:  please contact

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

August 11
8:00 AM- NoonTeradata Exhibitor Logo

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.


Questions:  please contact Ramesh Sharda