SIGMIS Annual Report

July 2002 - June 2003
Submitted by: Janice C. Sipior, SIGMIS Chair

Mission and Overview

SIGMIS is the Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems of the ACM. SIGCPR, the Special Interest Group on Computer Personnel Research, merged with SIGMIS in July 2002. Members of SIGMIS are interested in information systems and technologies for management and the management of these systems and technologies. SIGMIS was founded in 1961 as the Special Interest Group on Business Data Processing and later was known as the Special Interest Group on Business Information Technology. Today, SIGMIS has over 650 members throughout the world. SIGMIS publishes The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems (Data Base, for short) and holds the annual SIGMIS CPR conference dedicated to computer personnel research. SIGMIS also co-sponsors the annual Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM) and participates in the annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the annual European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), the annual International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and other conferences. SIGMIS promotes student achievement, is a cofounder of ISWorld Net, and partners with other organizations to provide services to members and to the profession.

Summary of Recent Accomplishments

During the last FY'03, some of the major events and accomplishments of SIGMIS include:

  • Merged with SIGCPR (Special Interest Group on Computer Personnel Research), effective July 2002

  • Held the SIGMIS CPR Conference April 10-12, 2003 in Philadelphia, PA USA

  • Cosponsored the Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM2002) November 4-9, 2002 in Washington, D.C. USA

  • In-cooperation with the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2002) June 19-21, 2003 in Naples, Italy

  • In-cooperation with the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS2002) December 15-18, 2002 in Barcelona, Spain and

    • Sponsored the Doctoral Dissertation Paper Award

    • Held the second annual reception for SIGMIS members at the ICIS2002

  • Continued to represent ACM as a member of a select group to develop model curriculum for education in IS, both at the undergraduate and graduate level

    • Published the "IS 2002 Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems" in Data Base, Volume 34, Number 1, Winter 2003

  • Continued to fund a representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

1. Awards

Beginning with the ICIS 1995, SIGMIS became the sponsor of the ICIS MIS Doctoral Dissertation Award. In 2002, the award was given to Otto Koppius for his work entitled "Information architecture and electronic market performance," based on his dissertation completed at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

2. Papers

SIGMIS held the SIGMIS CPR Conference April 10-12, 2003 in Philadelphia, PA USA. The conference program is available from the SIGMIS website at: http://www.acm.org/sigmis. Additionally, SIGMIS publishes The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems (Data Base, for short), a quarterly peer-reviewed journal devoted to communicating advances in research and best practice in MIS. For the current and previous issues of Data Base, please visit the SIGMIS website or http://hsb.baylor.edu/database.

3. Programs

To promote professional interaction among SIGMIS members, the second annual reception at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS2002) was held on Saturday, December 14, just prior to the conference December 15 - 18, 2002 in Barcelona, Spain.

4. Service to MIS Community

In conjunction with representatives of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and the Association for Information Systems (AIS), SIGMIS has been involved in the development of model curriculum for education in information systems both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The latest version of the undergraduate curriculum, IS'02, was published as "IS 2002 Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems" in Data Base, Volume 34, Number 1, Winter 2003 by John T. Gorgone, Gordon B. Davis, Joseph S. Valacich, Heikki Topi, David L. Feinstein, Herbert E. Longenecker, Jr. A copy of the report is available at http://webfoot.csom.umn.edu/ais/02IS2002.pdf.

Additionally, the ACM and the IEEE Computing Society are founders of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP). IFIP acts on behalf of member societies in carrying out international cooperation to advance the information processing profession. SIGMIS continues to fund the attendance of the ACM's representative for one of the annual meetings of IFIP to promote involvement among the membership of SIGMIS and IFIP.

5. Key Issues

The merger between SIGMIS and SIGCPR was effective July 2002. We have worked to strengthen the bond between these two groups by holding a welcoming reception at the ICIS 2002 conference and the SIGMIS CPR Conference 2003. We now need to focus on further integrating the annual CPR Conference by developing a forum which serves the current attendees while attracting all members. Success with this conference is also critical to provide a source of revenue to offset the cost of services currently provided to members. Please visit http://www.eller.arizona.edu/mis/CPR2004.htm for information on the 2004 conference.

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