Monday, December 13, 2010

Erasmus@Work receives the ERIM Impact Award 2010

It was great that our research group of Erasmus@Work received the ERIM Impact Award 2010 during the ERIM award ceremony at the Faculty Club of Erasmus University. This award is presented to researchers who have made a significant contribution to improving the impact of academic research on the practice of management.The award-winning project was selected by a committee consisting of Drs. Jacqueline Tammenoms Bakker (Non-Executive Director of Tesco PLC), Drs. Maria Molenaar (former Board Member Rijnland Zorggroep), and Dr. Vincent Kouwenhoven (Founder and Managing Director eVentures). We thank the committee and Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) for this award.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Transition in IT Outsourcing

Vinay Tiwari finished his PhD research successfully by defending his PhD thesis on "Transition Process and Performance in IT Outsourcing".

He proposes two important suggestions.

1. The transition process in IT ousourcing will necessarily proceed in three sequential and conjunctive phases: transfer, adapt, and routinize.

2. One can shorten transition duration by chosing routines-based transfer mechanisms (like observation) and codification practices (i.e. using templates and interactive document reviews).

This dissertation is one of the first in the world that is using laboratory experiments in the context of IT outsourcing.

You can download his PhD thesis here.

Business Agility and IT

Marcel van Oosterhout defended his dissertation on Business Agility and IT in Service Organizations. His main claim is that in many service organizations business agility performance is hampered by information technology.

His empirical research shows the importance of (i) aligning sensing, responding and learning capabilities among each other and (ii) aligning IT capabilities with business capabilities.

His research results will have a profound impact on the next generation Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Hello Agile; Bye Bye Old IT.

You can download and read his PhD thesis here.

Friday, August 13, 2010


There is an enormous interest in our research about new ways of working and its impact on individual and organizational performance.

Our research programme Erasmus@Work will be the platform for exchanging ideas and results.

Our work was presented at Microsoft's New World of Business Event, May 26 2010 in Amsterdam.

Our research was reported at Austrian TV ORF2 - see the TV clip;
Der Standard in Austria - see the article;
The Irish Times - see the article;
The Computer Weekly in the UK - see the article;
The IT New in Slovakia - see the article.

A short overview of our research was presented in RSM Insight, see the article.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

ICIS 2009

The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) was celebrating its 30th Anniversary, December 15-18, Phoenix.

Our research group was very active. Vinay Tiwari was participating in the ICIS doctoral consortium, Meditya Wasesa was presenting a poster at Web2009 (and won the best poster paper award), Ting Li was runner up in the best ICIS doctoral dissertation, Diederik van Liere was presenting his work at ICIS on open source, Wolf Ketter was presenting and chairing sessions at Web2009 and WITS, Peter van Baalen and I were presenting our work at the IFIP 9.2 workshop.

On Wednesday December 16 we hosted the CBS/HSE/RSM reception. The reception was a great success and very well received by our colleagues from around the world.

This year I helped as track co-chair - together with Bruce Weber (London Business School) and DJ Wu (Georgia Tech) - to handle the largest ICIS track: Information Systems and Economics. Thanks to our 34 associate editors we were able to select the best papers out of the 58 submissions.

Bruce, DJ and I also organized a panel discussion at ICIS: Are we WISE about sub-fields in IS?

We were very happy that our very distinguished colleagues Yannis Bakos, Erik Brynjolfsson, Eric Clemons, Rob Kauffman, Avi Seidmann, Sandra Slaughter, and Andy Whinston accepted our invitation and shared their views with the ICIS community.
The short presentations and discussions were excellent.

My take aways:

1. WISE as sub-field is strong and for the IS field important. It is linking the economics field with the IS field and is different from most of the other 25 pre-ICIS workshops.

2. The IS field needs to promote its high quality research to the outside world (other scientific disciplines and to the business world).

3. The new wave of very detailed personal data (from social network sites, smart card usage, RFID use, etc) will developed new theoretical insights about all kinds of decisions and will shape the IS field.

4. ICIS could be the umbrella organisation that will cover logistics, payment, hosting, etc for all the 25 workshops that will be hosted in one week.

WISE 2009

The Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE) was celebrating its 20th Anniversary, December 14-15, 2009 in Phoenix (Arizona).

On December 3, 1989 the first Workshop was held at MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chris Kemerer (at that time at MIT) and Yannis Bakos (at that time at UC Irvine) were the organizers of the first workshop. They felt there was a need for (and here I quote from the first Call for Papers)“ a workshop addressing the use of theory and research methods from Economics to address theoretical and applied questions in the Information Systems discipline”. And there was a need. In these twenty years WISE sustained. It attracted 32 attendees 20 years ago and this week there were 134 attendees. This year we had excellent presentations and the workshop itself was extremely well organized by Yannis Bakos, Eric Clemons, Rob Kauffman, and Lorin Hitt. Thank you!

You can download the workshop program and papers here.