Friday, January 9, 2009

ICIS 2008

Indeed it was a busy weekend. Around 1,400 people gathered in Paris for the 2008 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Several great presentations and exciting panels (for example Design Science in IS, and IS Reserch and Education in the Post-industrial Economy) argument the need and urgence to transform the IS field in a profound way. I agree - let's move in a pro-active way.

My small contribution was to discuss three excellent teaching cases. A great teaching case has to be like Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting: intriguing, well crafted, and provoking. The three teaching cases were:

Tracking Freight Railcars in Indian Railways: Technology Options and Stakeholder Interests by Srivastava, Shirish, HEC School of Management, Paris; Mathur, Sharat, Indian Railways; and Teo, Thompson S. H., National University of Singapore.

To Make or to Buy? Outsourcing Decisions at Zurich Cantonal Bank by Katharina Reinecke, Abraham Bernstein, and Stefanie Hauske, University of Zurich.

Indo Gives Its Sales Force New Mobility Technology by Sandra Sieber, IESE Business School.

We also organized on Monday December 15, 2008 the CBS-HSE-RSM reception in Hotel Le Meridien, see picture. Great to have colleagues from around the world at our reception.

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