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Roundtable Sessions on Directions for Future Practice-Based Research

May 17 @ 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Academic – Practitioner Dialogue: Directions for Practice-Based Research – Friday, May 17: 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Table Topics:

  1. Cyber Security As Everyone’s Responsibility – Led by Keri Pearlson
  2. Big Data: Where are we and where are we going? – Led by Rashmi Jain
  3. IT and Enterprise Risk Management – Led by Michelle Kaarst-Brown
  4. Where is the IT Workforce? – Led by Mary Sumner 

Each roundtable will begin with these questions related to the topic area of their discussion:

    1. What issues and challenges do you face (in this area)?
    2. What are your priorities for this year (in this area)?
    3. How do you allocate resources to address these issues/challenges?
    4. How do you drive behaviors in your organization to support your initiatives in this area?
    5. How can the academic community help address these issues through research, teaching, and practice?

CyberSecurity as Everyone’s Responsibility

Facilitator:  Keri Pearlson, MIT 

Dr. Keri Pearlson will lead the round table discussion on cybersecurity.  Cybersecurity is no longer just the responsibility of the security team of the IT department.  Keeping organizations cybersecure is everyone’s job.  In this discussion, we will share leading practices of participants and research from MIT on cybersecurity leadership, risk management, culture, and evaluation.

Keri Pearlson is the Executive Director of the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan and the founding President of the Austin chapter of SIM.  Dr. Pearlson’s latest text book, Managing and Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach, is the premier text used in management schools world-wide.  She has a unique background covering both academia and industry including roles at Babson College, UTexas-Austin, Gartner’s Research Board, CSC, Hughes Aircraft Company, and AT&T.  She founded KP Partners, a CIO advisory services firm and the IT Leaders Forum, a community of next generation IT executives. Previously, she was the founding Director of the Analytics Leadership Consortium, at the International Institute of Analytics.  Dr. Pearlson’s research spans MIS, business strategy and organizational design.  Her current research studies how organizations build a culture of cybersecurity and how organizations build trust to share mitigations for cyber breaches.  Her work has been widely published including in Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Information Resources Management Journal and Harvard Business School Publishing. She can be reached at MIT at kerip@mit.edu.

Big Data:  Where are We and Where are We Going?

Facilitator:  Rashmi Jain, Montclair State University

Rashmi Jain will facilitate a roundtable discussion on Big Data and Data Analytics. The roundtable focuses on the current status of Data Analytics and the overall objectives to be achieved. The business payoff to data analytics, the key skill sets, and critical success factors in “big data” initiatives are part of this discussion.

Dr. Rashmi Jain is currently Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Information Management and Business Analytics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University (MSU). Prior to joining academia, she was at Accenture consulting for Fortune 100 companies in energy, telecom, utilities and financial services sectors. Dr. Jain developed and launched the UG and graduate MS in Business Analytics programs at MSU – one of the few ones in the tri-state area. She has extensive experience of teaching, advising, and training graduate and under graduate students and senior executives both in the U.S. and overseas at businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions. Dr. Jain’s research and teaching interests are systems architecture and design, business analytics, and technology management. She is visiting professor to the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, Japan since 2007.  For more information please visit: https://business.montclair.edu/directory/jainra

IT and Enterprise Risk Management

Facilitator:  Michelle Kaarst-Brown, Syracuse University

Michelle Kaarst-Brown will facilitate this round table discussion on “IT and Enterprise Risk Management”.  This round table focuses on discussion and sharing of challenges, successful strategies for partnering IT in broader ERM decisions, and needed research that addresses these issues.

Michelle Kaarst-Brown is a Professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. In 2018, she was appointed Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Syracuse University, and is funded to develop an advanced, inter-disciplinarian Enterprise Risk Management course that will help increase ERM awareness and community resiliency among smaller enterprises. For almost two decades, Michelle worked in management and consulting to advance projects in marketing, organizational development, risk management, and digital transformation within the financial services sector. Both in practice and in academia, her goal has been to address pragmatic IT governance issues associated with ongoing digital transformation, including IT culture, the impact of perceptions of risk or opportunity, and shifts in the IT workforce. Michelle has published her IT culture, IT workforce, and risk research in leading academic publications such as MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems, as well as in top IT practitioner journals including CIO Canada, MIS Quarterly Executive, and Sloan Management Review. She served as associate editor for MIS Quarterly and is Senior Editor with MIS Quarterly Executive. She can be reached at mlbrow03@syr.edu.

Where is the IT Workforce?

Facilitators:  Mary Sumner, Southern Illinois Univ. and Ephraim McLean, Georgia State University

Mary Sumner will facilitate this roundtable discussion on “Where is the IT Workforce?” The roundtable focuses on challenges in recruiting and retaining IT professionals and the gaps between what skills and knowledge are needed and the skills and knowledge which are available in current candidates. How can the academic community help to fill these gaps?

(Dr.) Mary Sumner, Academic Liaison, SIM

Mary Sumner is Emerita Professor of Computer Management and Information Systems and has served as Associate Dean, School of Business, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She currently teaches on the Information Systems faculty at the University of Missouri St. Louis. 

Prior to that, she was on the faculty of New York University.  She built the undergraduate and graduate programs in CMIS and has taught for 35 years in the areas of management of information technology, information systems design, project management, health informatics, and enterprise systems implementation.  Dr. Sumner has published seven textbooks and over 40 articles on enterprise resource planning, IT workforce issues, and project management.  Her research has appeared in the Journal of Systems Management, Information and Management, Database, and the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.  She serves on the SIM Management Council as the Academic Liaison.  Her education includes a B.A. Syracuse, M.A., University of Chicago, M.A., Columbia University, and Doctorate, Rutgers University.  Her certifications include Oracle Master’s and AMIA Health Informatics. 



May 17
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
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