Communications of the Association for Information Systems

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ISSN 1529-3181

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  • Communications of the Association for Information Systems 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The world’s oldest undergraduate degree program in data processing and information systems at Mississippi State University turned fifty years old in 2013. In this paper, we review the pioneering activities of the program’s founder, Charles Moore, and provide insights into his foresight about the potential importance of information systems to business organizations. We explain how the program’s founding marked a shift in the epistemological view of information systems education in the mid-1960s. We show the course offerings of business data processing and information systems and the timeline at MSU over the past five decades. We also share how his efforts are instilled in the continuing development of the business information systems program at Mississippi State University to this day. Keywords: IS History, Data Processing, Information Systems, IS Curriculum, Programming, IS Career.
    Communications of the Association for Information Systems 12/2014; 35.
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    ABSTRACT: Information systems (IS) enrollment has been declining in recent years. In an attempt to introduce key IS concepts to freshmen business students in a more engaging way, we introduced a semester-long mobile application-design project and a separate tutorial assignment involving real smartphones. Through this process, students learned basic tenets of IS while simultaneously recognizing the relevance and applicability of the field to their future lives as 21st century business professionals. In this paper, we outline the core course progression for a typical IS department, detail the process through which we engaged the students, and confirm our assertions through textual analysis of self-reported comments about their experience with this mobile application project.
    Communications of the Association for Information Systems 12/2014; 35(13):245-260.
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    ABSTRACT: Organizations depend on the creative potential of their members to continuously develop innovative solutions. Groups commonly approach creative processes using collaborative IT. However, current design of information systems does not cater to the business processes representing the context in which groups operate. Creativity-intensive processes are a conceptualization of business processes that involve creativity. Voigt, Bergener, and Becker (2013) developed an explanatory design theory for information systems supporting creativity-intensive processes. The core component of the design theory is an information system architecture for creativity-intensive process support systems (CPSS). This paper evaluates the utility of the CPSS architecture to comprehensively support creativity-intensive processes. Three exploratory cross-industry focus groups, in which the architecture instantiation CreativeFlow was demonstrated, suggest that the features of CreativeFlow and the underlying architectural concepts are useful in supporting practitioners’ processes, especially for the support of creative group processes. However, three modifications to the CPSS architecture emerge: increased freedom for choosing individuals responsible for group tasks, differentiated authorization for creating and assigning creative group tasks, and advanced communication support for initiation of standard workflows. The evaluation further contributes recommendations for tool features and four research issues to advance system design of tools supporting creativity in business processes. The study provides insights for future information system evaluations in Design Science Research on Information Systems.
    Communications of the Association for Information Systems 07/2014; 34(86).
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines how organizational trust and organizational mindfulness shape enterprise resource planning (ERP) system usage. We focus on five dimensions of trust: competence, openness and honesty, concern for employees, reliability, and identification. Drawing on organizational trust and organizational mindfulness theories, we argue that perception of organizational trust among ERP users might explain ERP system usage. We also predict that organizational mindfulness among ERP users positively influences ERP system usage. Our study draws on a total of 231 questionnaires collected from ERP system users across the United States. The results suggest that organizational trust dimensions (namely, competence, concern for employees, and identification) affect ERP system usage. Consistent with the theory, the results also support the idea that organizational trust (i.e., competence, openness and honesty, concern for employees, and identification) create supportive infrastructure-enabling organizational mindfulness. Finally, the study shows key antecedents of organizational mindfulness and underscores the importance of organizational mindfulness as a way of encouraging ERP system usage.
    Communications of the Association for Information Systems 06/2014; 34(1):1469-1492.
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    ABSTRACT: Data mining is a useful analytic method and has been increasingly used by organizations to gain insights from large-scale data. Prior studies of data mining have focused on developing automatic data mining models that belong to first-order data mining. Recently, researchers have called for more study of the second-order data mining process. Second-order data mining process is an important step to convert data mining results into intelligent knowledge, i.e., actionable knowledge. Specifically, second-order data mining refers to the post-stage of data mining projects in which humans collectively make judgments on data mining models’ performance. Understanding the second-order data mining process is valuable in addressing how data mining can be used best by organizations in order to achieve competitive advantages. Drawing on the theory of habitual domains, this study developed a conceptual model for understanding the impact of human cognition characteristics on second-order data mining. Results from a field survey study showed significant correlations between habitual domain characteristics, such as educational level and prior experience with data mining, and human judgments on classifiers’ performance.
    Communications of the Association for Information Systems 02/2014; 34:985-1000.
  • Communications of the Association for Information Systems 01/2014; 34(65):1247-1268.
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    ABSTRACT: To manage distributed work, organizations increasingly rely on virtual meetings based on multimodal, synchronous communication technologies. However, despite technological advances, it is still challenging to coordinate knowledge through these meetings with spatial and cultural separation. Against this backdrop, we present a framework for investigating the sharing of dynamic representations of co-created knowledge during such meetings. We illustrate the detailed workings of the framework by analyzing how three software managers coordinated a project over a series of virtual meetings. Grounded in audio recordings of their oral exchanges and video recordings of their shared dynamic representation of the project’s status and plans, our analysis shows how their interrelating of visual and verbal communication acts enabled effective communication and coordination. In conclusion, we offer theoretical propositions that explain how interrelating of verbal and visual acts based on shared dynamic representations enable communication repairs during virtual meetings. We argue that our proposed framework provides researchers with a novel and practical approach to investigate the complex data involved in virtual meetings based on multimodal, synchronous communication.
    Communications of the Association for Information Systems 01/2014; 34.
  • Communications of the Association for Information Systems 01/2014; 34(6).