MIS Academic Leadership Conference

                       November 10 - 12th, 2022

Athens, GA

A vibrant college town and the birthplace
of public higher education in the US.

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MALC Sponsors

MALC 2022 is supported by a State-of-the-Art Conference Grant from the UGA Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, by the Terry College of Business, by the MIS Department of UGA, Gartner, and by Mr. Thomas W. Mahler, BBA (1972), MBA (MIS) 1973 and friend of the MIS Department.

Conference Chairs

Department of Management Information Systems

Dr. Marie-Claude Boudreau

MIS Department Head & Associate Professor

Dr. Hugh J Watson

Professor of MIS

Dr. Elena Karahanna

Distinguished Research Professor & C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Distinguished Chair in Business Administration

Conference Schedule

Day 1
Thursday, November 10, 2022

5:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Day 2
Friday, November 11, 2022

8:00 am


8:30 am

Welcome – MIS Department Head Maric Boudreau, Hugh Watson, and Elena Karahanna

8:45 am

Welcome – UGA Provost Jack Hu & Terry College Dean Ben Ayers

9:15 am

Session #1 Deans’ Panel: Trends and Opportunities for Business Schools

➤ Paulo Goes (Tulane University) ➤ Prabhudev Konana (University of Maryland) ➤ Ramayya Krishnan (Carnegie Mellon University) ➤ Paul Pavlou (University of Houston) ➤ V. Sambamurthy (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
10:30 am


10:45 am

Session #2: Innovative Ideas and Practices

➤ Hugh Watson University of Georgia), “Include Students on Your MIS Advisory Boards” ➤ Lakshmi Iyer (Appalachian State University), “Include Badging in Your MIS Courses” ➤ Khawaja A. Saeed (Kennesaw State University), “Including FinTech in Your Curriculum” ➤ David Schuff (Temple University), “Redesign Your Courses around APIs, Microservices, etc.” ➤ Pratyush Sharma (University of Alabama), “Your MIS Capstone Course” ➤ Craig Piercy (University of Georgia), “Integrate Cloud Computing into the MIS Curriculum”
11:45 am

Session # 3: Bob Trotter (Gartner and University of Georgia) – Partnering for the Future of Higher Education

12:15 pm


12:45 pm

Session #4: Keynote Speaker: Bill Franks (Kennesaw State University and the International Institute for Analytics), “Analytics, Data Science, and AI: Where Are We Going from Here?”

1:45 pm

Session #5: AI in the IS Curriculum

➤ Vijay Khatri (Indiana University) ➤ Bala Ramesh (Georgia State University) ➤ T. Ravichandran (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) ➤ Andy Wasser (Carnegie Mellon University)
3:00 pm

Leave for debate at Demosthenian Hall (walking break)

3:30 pm

Session #6: Debate on the Impact of AI on the Workforce

➤ Affirmative: Rudy Hirschheim (Louisiana State University) and Jerry Kane (University of Georgia) ➤ Negative: Bin Gu (Boston University) and Gwanhoo Lee (American University)
5:00 pm

TAILGATE EVENT (sponsored by Gartner)

Held in Casey Commons at the BLC

Day 3
Saturday, November 12, 2022

8:00 am


8:30 am

Association for Information Systems: Update – Suprateek Sarker (University of Virginia), President

8:45 am

AIS College for Academic Leadership (CAL): Update by Lakshmi Iyer (president-elect) and Rich Klein (vice president)

9:00 am

Session #7 Hot Takes on IS-related Issues

➤ Deepak Khazanchi (University of Nebraska, Omaha), “MIS Programs Should Adopt a ‘Stackable’ Educational Model” ➤ Munir Mandviwalla (Temple University), “What Is Impact and How Should We Measure It?” ➤ Lars Mathiassen (Georgia State University), “The Need for Clinical Research as a New Publication Genre” ➤ Onook Oh (University of Colorado, Denver), “Eco-Friendly IS Research in the Age of Environmental Crisis” ➤ Rick Watson (University of Georgia), “Advanced Research Certificate”
10:15 am


10:45 am

Session #8 IS Fundraising Best Practices Panel

➤ Maric Boudreau (University of Georgia) ➤ Sue Brown (University of Arizona) ➤ Rich Klein (University Nebraska, Omaha) ➤ Munir Mandviwalla (Temple University)
11:30 am

Session #9 From the Editors: Initiatives and Trends

➤ Hemant Bhargava (University of California, Davis), DJ Wu (Georgia Tech) – Management Science ➤ Andrew Burton-Jones (University of Queensland) – MIS Quarterly
12:15 pm


Signature Events

Reception at the Stelling Family Study, Business Learning Community

Join us for the Thursday evening opening reception at the Stelling Family Study in the Business Learning Community.

At this reception, you will be able to:

  • Pick up conference registration materials
  • Meet and talk with old friends and colleagues and make new acquaintances
  • Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • Participate in the MIS trivia contest

The reception will make you ready for the conference sessions on Friday and Saturday.

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Analytics, Data Science, and AI: Where Are We Going from Here?

The speed with which the world of data science is advancing is unprecedented. There are myriad new methods, tools, and data sources coming available on a continuous basis. This impacts the skill sets required by the business community and, by extension, what universities need to offer to prepare students properly for their careers.‍

This talk will explore some of the analytics trends, emerging career opportunities, and associated ethical issues with an intent to challenge listeners to carefully consider what changes might be needed in today’s academic programs to respond to current developments.

Speaker Bio
Bill Franks is the Director of the Center for Statistics and Analytical Research within the School of Data Science and Analytics at Kennesaw State University. In this role, he helps companies and governmental agencies pair with faculty and student resources to further research in the area of analytics and data science. He is also Chief Analytics Officer for The International Institute For Analytics (IIA) and serves on the advisory boards of many companies. Bill provides perspective on trends in analytics, data science, AI, and big data to help organizations understand how to further their analytics and data science efforts. His work, including several years as Chief Analytics Officer for Teradata, has spanned clients in a variety of industries for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small non-profit organizations. Franks is also the author of the books Winning The Room, 97 Things About Ethics Everyone In Data Science Should Know, Taming The Big Data Tidal Wave, and The Analytics Revolution. He is a sought after speaker and frequent blogger who has been ranked a top 10 global big data influencer, a top big data and artificial intelligence influencer, a top 50 most popular North American AI influencer, and was an inaugural inductee into the Analytics Hall of Fame in 2019.‍
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Debate on AI in Demosthenian Hall

Demosthenian Hall is the fourth oldest building at the University of Georgia and home to the Demosthenian Debate Society.

Constructed in 1824, Demosthenian Hall hosted debates on important topics of the day, and it continues to be used as the home of Demosthenian Debate Society and regular debates. Join us in experiencing and learning the history of this beautifully restored Hall and participate in a debate on the impacts of AI in the workforce. We will follow the Demosthenian Debate Society debating rules, which are fascinating. In route to the Hall, you will see and learn about the history of North Campus.  

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Social and Dinner Tailgate

The Southeastern Conference and the University of Georgia are famous for their football tailgates. Food, beverage, music, games, and socializing start early on game day and continue even after the game. Experience what is like with a Friday evening social hour and dinner tailgate at the Casey Commons in the Business Learning Community. Harry Dawg (the human version of Uga) might even make an appearance!

Do you want to have your picture taken with Harry? Would you like to have a Georgia G painted on your cheek? Wear your school colors, because everyone is welcome at a Georgia tailgate.

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