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2011

Clinical Assistant Professor Gordon Smith authored an article that appeared in the March 2011 issue of The Horizon, the monthly newsletter for the Houston chapter of The Association for Operations Management (APICS). Titled “Seeing is Believing” — Lean Thinking, the article showcased the classroom simulations being conducted in supply chain courses at Bauer College. Smith has over 20 years of executive management experience for multinational companies in high technology industries prior to his return to academia.

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    2010

    Professor Blake Ives was one of two recipients to be honored with The Leo Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in Information Systems. Ives was among the first Fellows of AIS and has also been honored as a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, a John Olin Fellow at Templeton College, Oxford and a visiting faculty research Fellow at IBM. Ives’ scholarship is described by AIS as innovative, including groundbreaking, often highly-cited work, in the areas of information satisfaction, computer graphics, user involvement, global information systems, customer service with information systems, sustainable competitive advantage through information systems, virtual education, virtual teams and virtual reality in business.

    2009

    Professor Everette Gardner co-authored two forthcoming papers with University of Strathclyde Professor Eddie McKenzie — “The Damped Trend: A Modeling Viewpoint” for the International Journal of Forecasting and “Why the Damped Trend Works” for the Journal of the Operational Research Society.

    Associate Professor Jaana Porra authored a chapter titled“ Group Level Evolution and Information System: What Can We Learn from Animal Colonies in Nature?” for a forthcoming Springer book edited by Ned Kock, Evolutionary Psychology and Information Systems Research: A New Approach to Studying the Effects of Modern Technologies on Human Behavior. This is the first book in the IS field that introduces evolutionary theory as a reference discipline.

    Professor Wynne W. Chin co-authored three papers during 2009 and traveled extensively to teach in Asia and Europe, including Sydney, where he is completing his third year as a visiting scholar at the Australia School of Business at the University of New South Wales. His published work ranged from a statistical paper, “A Critical Look at Partial Least Squares Modeling,” for MIS Quarterly to an article done with Assistant Professor Norman A. Johnson and Professor Randolph B. Cooper titled “Anger and Flaming in Computer-Mediated Negotiation Among Strangers,” published in Decision Support Systems. In addition, he co-authored a paper with Marketing Assistant Professor Jill M. Sundie titled “Schadenfreude as a Consumption-Related Emotion: Feeling Happiness about the Downfall of Another’s Product,” published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Chin was also a guest editor for MIS Quarterly, an information systems research journal.

    Associate Professor Robert Bregman published research on project expediting, including “A Heuristic Procedure for Solving the Dynamic Probabilistic Project Expediting Problem,” for the European Journal of Operational Research, and “Preemptive Expediting to Improve Project Due Date Performance,” for the Journal of the Operational Research Society.

    Professor Randolph B. Cooper and Old Dominion University’s Russell Haines wrote “The Influence of Workspace Awareness on Group Intellective Decision Effectiveness,” which was published in the European Journal of Information Systems. The paper provided theoretical and empirical evidence that workspace awareness can be a significant factor influencing the effectiveness of groups employing group support systems for the development of intangible artifacts, such as decision quality and consensus.

    Professor Randolph B. Cooper also co-authored two papers focusing on how computer media impact negotiation processes with Associate Professor Norman A. Johnson — “Media, Affect, Concession and Agreement in Negotiation among Strangers: IM versus Telephone,” published in Decision Support Systems, and “Power and Concession in Computer-Mediated Negotiations: An Examination of First Offers,” published in MIS Quarterly.

    Clinical Assistant Professor Carl Scott co-wrote “A Constructivist Model in Course Design” for the Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in E-Learning: Issues and Trends with Youmei Liu and Madhuri Kumar, the college’s Instructional Design Team Program Director. The article examines the relationship between a constructivist teaching approach and online learning experiences in the virtual worlds of Second Life, using a specifically constructed MBA course teaching systems analysis and design.

    The following two papers by management information systems were selected by Palgrave Macmillan and the European Journal of Information Systems editorial team as representing the best of the journal’s content: “The Effect of Flaming on Computer-Mediated Negotiations,” co-authored by Professor Norman A. Johnson, Professor Randolph B. Cooper and Professor Wynne Chin, and “The Journal List and Its Use: Motivation, Perceptions and Reality,” co-authored by Johnson.

    Associate Professor Leiser Silva co-authored “Exploring the Dynamics of Blog Communities: The Case of MetaFilter” with the University of North Florida’s Lakshmi Goel (Ph.D. ’08) and instructional assistant and Ph.D. candidate Elham Mousavidin for the Information Systems Journal. The researchers analyzed the social processes and mechanisms of online community blogs, conducting a case study on cohesion in one particular blog, MetaFilter.

    Associate Professor Leiser Silva also wrote “Diffusing Financial Practices in Latin American Higher Education” for the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal with the University of Calgary’s Dean Neu and Elizabeth Ocampo Gómez, a paper that examined how financial practices are diffused across countries and to determine why the nature of adoption varies across countries and specific institutional fields and why certain practices are adopted in some settings but not in others.

    According to Information Systems Research Rankings, Associate Professor Leiser Silva is ranked as No. 5 among all information systems researchers in the world. The ranking was issued in October 2009 and considers all researchers who have published in the top MIS journals in the last 5 years.

    In September 2009, Associate Professor Leiser Silva was the keynote speaker for the Information Systems track in EnPAD 2009. EnPAD is the largest and most important Brazilian conference of business schools, and in 2009, was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During his stay in Brazil, Silva was also invited to give a seminar on his research at the prestigious University of Sao Paulo.

    In 2009, Associate Professor Leiser Silva co-authored a paper with Assistant Professor Iris Junglas and Jamison Day on the relevance of information systems during humanitarian emergencies. The paper was published in the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, one of the top journals in the MIS field. Silva also wrote an article for the Journal of Information Technology and Development discussing the relevance of information technology for developing countries. In addition, he co-authored a book chapter that examines the applicability of Darwinian theories for studying organizations. In 2009, he co-authored a total of four papers in peer-reviewed conferences with Ph.D. students from the department.

    In 2009, the department instituted two awards to reward Ph.D. students for excellence in research and in teaching. Last year’s winners were Elham Mousavidin for excellence in research and Kenny Shemroske for excellence in teaching. Professor Richard Scamell said, “Kenny never says no to whatever course, graduate or undergraduate, he is asked to teach, or the number of courses he is assigned, the time the courses are to be offered, or even the time when he us called upon to take on the teaching assignment relative to the start of the semester. He receives consistently excellent student evaluations and is indeed a role model for both doctoral students as well as faculty.” Scamell added, “Elham’s excellent research record is also inspiring to faculty and doctoral students alike. She started out as associate professor Jaana Porra’s research assistant and soon became indispensable to her and an envy of whoever was fortunate to get Elham. Her research record consists of published articles, including one in the Information Systems Journal, one of the top journals in the field, several conference proceedings, including AMCIS, and one in the pipeline in the third round in MISQ.”

    Department chair and John & Rebecca Moores Professor Basheer Khumawala co-authored a study on radio frequency identification’s business implications, “Empirical Evidence of RFID Impacts on Supply Chain Performance,” which was published in the December 2009 issue of the International Journal of Operations and Production Management. The paper was the subject of a piece in RFID Journal, which noted the importance of the research with RFID’s growing importance as a new technology and its applications in supply chain management.

    2008

    chin accoladeCongratulations to Bauer Professor Wynne Chin on being recognized by the Ph.D. Project, an organization that focuses on developing minority business doctoral students. Chin was one of the guest speakers at the Information Systems Doctoral Students Association hosted by the Ph.D. Project on Aug. 13 in Toronto and became one of three Bauer professors to be inducted into the Circle of Compadres for his contributions to the organization. The prestigious honor has also been awarded to DISC Professor Blake Ives and Accountancy & Taxation Professor George Gamble.

    Leiser SilvaCongratulations to Professor Leiser Silva on his appointment as a Senior Editor of the Journal of Information Technology for Development, the leading journal on research of the application of IT in developing countries. In addition, Silva's paper, "Epistemological and theoretical challenges for studying power and politics in information systems" was selected by the editorial team of the Information Systems Journal as "highly commended." Only two papers were selected of all those published in 2007.

    Management information systems senior Ivan Diggs is flying high after his recent successes on the track and in the classroom have proven that UH Bauer College is home to superstars in both business and athletics. Click here to read the full story.

    2007

    The International Institute of Forecasters elected Dr. Everette Gardner a Fellow and ranked his 1985 paper, “Exponential Smoothing: The State of the Art,” as the third most influential paper in forecasting in the last 25 years.

    Dr. Basheer Khumawala was named a Fellow of the Pan Pacific Business Association and the Decision Sciences Institute.

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