Keynote Speeches


























David Avison


Distinguished Professor of ESSEC Business School, Paris

The president of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) for 2008-9

Before joining ESSEC in 2000 where he is Distinguished Professor, David was Professor at the School of Management of Southampton University. He has also held posts at Brunel and Aston Universities in England, and the University of Technology, Sydney and University of New South Wales in Australia.
David Avison was the president of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) for 2008-9. He was past President of the UK Academy for Information Systems, chair of the UK Heads and Professors of IS and is a member of the IS Senior Scholars Forum. David was joint program chair of the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS) in Las Vegas, joint program chair of International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) TC8 conference in Santiago, Chile and again in Milan, Italy, program chair of the IFIPWG8.2 conference in Amsterdam, and chair of several other conferences.
He was founding editor (with Guy Fitzgerald) of Information Systems Journal, rated as a 'core' international research journal in information systems. So far, twenty-five books are to his credit, including the fourth edition of the well-used text Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools (with Guy Fitzgerald), and Information Systems Project Management (with Reza Torkzedah). He edited (with Jan Pries-Heje) Research in Information Systems: A Handbook for Research Students and Their Supervisors (Elsevier). He researches in the area of information systems development and more generally, on information systems in their natural organizational setting, in particular using action research, though he has also used a number of other qualitative research approaches.
He has published a large number of research papers in learned journals, edited texts and conference papers. He was Chair of the (IFIP) 8.2 group on the impact of IS/IT on organizations and society and was also vice chair of IFIP technical committee 8.
He has been awarded the IFIP Silver Core and has also been honored as Fellow of the AIS.

Research: Why not do something different instead?



In this presentation I outline three of the papers I have been working on recently. The first, published in Journal of Information Technology, suggests that we place too much stress on theory in our publications and the paper has led to much debate in the IS research community. The second, published recently in European Journal of Information Systems, concerns a form of ‘new’ novel writing in France. I attempt to demonstrate how and why this different form of writing might be applied to case study writing. The third, a revise and resubmit in MISQ, tells the story of a street-art ‘happening’ in the center of Paris. The paper shows how use of social media made this such a successful, if very unusual event, in the context of complexity research in IS. There are many unexplored avenues like this that are appropriate for IS research. But I also go back to the beginning of my career when I started to use action research – new to information systems at that time – to demonstrate that doing something different might also be a very good career move.




















Paul A. Pavlou


Milton F. Stauffer Professor of IT & Strategy at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, USA


Paul A. Pavlou is Senior Associate Dean responsible for Faculty, Research, Doctoral Programs, and Strategic Initiatives at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. He is also the Milton F. Stauffer Professor of IT & Strategy. He also serves as the Co-Director of the university-wide Data Science Institute at Temple University. Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He was ranked first in the world in publications in the two top MIS journals (MISQ and ISR) for 2010-2014. His work has been cited over 22,000 times by Google Scholar. Paul was also recognized among the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters based on analysis of “Highly Cited” authors during the 2002-2012 period. His research appeared in MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Decision Sciences, among others. Paul won several Best Paper recognitions for his research, including the Maynard Award nomination for the “Most Significant Contribution to Marketing” in the Journal of Marketing in 2015, the ISR Best Paper award in 2007, the 2006 IS Publication of the Year award, the Top 5 Papers award in Decision Sciences in 2006, the Runner-Up to the Best Paper award of the 2005 Academy of Management Conference, the Best Doctoral Dissertation award of the 2004 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), the Best Interactive Paper award of the 2002 Academy of Management Conference, and the Best Student Paper award and the Best Paper Award of the Academy of Management Conference in 2001 and 2012, respectively. Paul is a Senior Editor at ISR and earlier at MISQ and JAIS.


Title: The Next Generation of Research in Digital Environments


An extensive body of research on electronic commerce and digital environments has developed over the last two decades in Information Systems (IS) research, largely based on early-generation, desktop-centric Internet technologies. However, major transformative shifts are now underway in digital environments. To explore opportunities for the next generation of research in digital environments, this keynote speech will posit that technological shifts from desktop-centric devices to network-centric technologies, such as networked, mobile, and wearable computing, have the potential for radically reshaping the interactions among businesses and consumers, among consumers, and also among businesses. These technological shifts, which result in increased connectivity, mobility, and ubiquity in these interactions can result in new value propositions, new resources and capabilities, and new revenue generation mechanisms. Accordingly, these shifts have major implications for the next generation of IS research in digital environments, and this speech will identify several novel opportunities to spur the next generation of impactful research in digital environments. The speech will conclude by arguing that IS scholars can continue to provide academic leadership in the emerging literature on digital environments.















Rajiv Kohli


John N. Dalton Memorial Professor of Business in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary, USA

Rajiv Kohli's research interests include Business Value of Information Technology, Healthcare Information Systems, and Managing Innovation with Information Technologies. Dr. Kohli is ranked as #1 scholar in a Health Information Technology (HIT) thought leadership study.
Dr. Kohli's research is published in MIS Quarterly, Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly Executive, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Operations Management, and Decision Support Systems, among other journals. He is a coauthor of the book The IT Payoff: Measuring Business Value of Information Technology Investment, published by Financial Times Prentice-Hall.
Dr. Kohli has worked in healthcare, telecommunications and manufacturing. Prior to joining academia, he was a Project Leader in Decision Support Services at Trinity Health. Dr. Kohli is an honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Judge Business School and a Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research. He is a past Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly and is currently serving as a Senior Editor for Information Systems Research.


Title: Pursuing Business Value of Information Systems: Where, When and How?


Organizations have viewed investments in information systems (IS) ranging from a tool for efficiency, a machinery for greater control, to a competitive weapon. All through these times, business managers have wondered whether IT is worthy of the size of investment and if there is a better way to get information.
I will overview how I have pursued the study of IS business value, its locus and temporality. Despite past efforts to demonstrate business value of IS, our discipline is challenged to justify the investment. I propose that IS can remain a valued partner when we understand the nature of business and can offer deeper insights into what makes the business successful. I will discuss the implications that my proposal has for IS researchers and professionals.