MIS students win big at the National AIS Student Leadership Conference and Competition


Two MIS student teams won big at the Eighth Annual Association for Information Systems (AIS), Student Chapter Leadership Conference and Competition, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, April 13-15, 2017.

1st Place – AmerisourceBergen Analytics Challenge (Analysis Track)

2nd Place – Security Case Study

The above two competitions included two phases. In the first phase, student teams submitted entries virtually. The finalists were chosen from the virtual entries and invited to present their work for another round of judging at the above conference. Other finalists included University of Georgia, Roger Williams University, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, Florida International University, Brigham Young University, and others.

MIS senior presents research at major national conference

Erick KoeckReceiving notable recognition for a research paper is not what senior Eric Koeck originally set out to do.

What started as Koeck’s summer research project turned into a presentation he delivered at the 2017 Winter American Marketing Association (AMA) Conference in Orlando. The paper, “Tweets, Retweets, and the Brand Positioning of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates,” is co-authored with two professors from Temple University’s Fox School of Business – Dr. David Schuff and Dr. Susan Mudambi.

Koeck, a 22-year-old senior who majors in Management Information Systems (MIS), utilized different tools to scour the Twitter feeds of each presidential candidate. Then, he analyzed the difference between word choice and how those words affected the virality of their tweets. To do this, candidates were split into two groups: insurgent candidates (or those who never held political office with their respective political parties) and establishment candidates (those who had).

“I’m very interested in data analytics and I wanted to complete a project that would give me the opportunity to work with that,” said Koeck, a Collegeville, Pa., native. “I was forming this project when the presidential primaries were in full swing. I’m interested in politics and an active Twitter user. It lined up nicely as something into which I could really immerse myself.”

The main findings, Koeck said, showed that insurgent candidates were more likely to express both positive and negative emotion, as well as gender references, while establishment candidates were more likely to express affiliation. In addition, the traits most positively linked to retweets were negative emotion and female gender references.

Impressed organizers of the AMA conference waived Koeck’s fee, and his travel expenses to and from the conference were sponsored by Temple’s Creative Arts, Research, And Scholarship program.

The three-day event provided eye-opening exposure for Koeck.

“It was a really great experience,” he said. “I learned a lot about academia and business research. One professor from a university in Canada asked me to send her my presentation, because she was interested in her students following the election closely.”

While Koeck remains humble, his capabilities, as they pertain to research, have not gone unnoticed.

“They were both wonderful,” Koeck said of working with Mudambi and Schuff, Professor of MIS. “Dr. Schuff has been mentoring me on this project the whole way through, and Dr. Mudambi helped us integrate different marketing concepts into the paper so that it was appropriate for AMA. Dr. Schuff’s work is relevant to my interest in analytics and statistics, which made sense for our collaboration. I was really glad when he agreed to work on this with me.”

As the trio work to get the paper published in an academic journal, Koeck prepares to present the project to state legislators at Temple Undergraduate Research Day April 24.

Future opportunities for Koeck, a graduating senior, already have sprouted. Said Koeck: “Starting in September, I’ll be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics practice. I interned there last summer and had a good experience so I’m excited to start my career there.”

Carine Lavache

Professors Martin and Sclarow join the MIS department

Martin and SclarowAssistant Professor of Practice, Marie-Christine Martin and Assistant Professor of Practice, Steven E. Sclarow joined the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems in January 2017.

Prior to Temple, Professor Martin was a Technology and Services executive with 20+ years of experience working at three of the largest global IT providers, while Professor Sclarow, has 20+ years of experience in the Architectural Design and Construction Industry.

MIS capstone presentations reach new heights of excellence

My Di TeamThe fall 2016 Fox Management Information Systems Capstone Showcase featured teams of seniors who presented their final projects to a judging panel of industry mentors and faculty. My.Di, a tool for monitoring digital identity, was selected as the winner, and the team of Kimberly Eastlake, Mia Jardine, Noah Mercado, Ryan Pace, and Nodir Zakhidov will receive a $500 award. My.Di was mentored by Sondra Barbour, the inaugural recipient of the Fox IT award for distinguished alumni, and the team was composed of students from Professor Schuff’s course.

Overall, according to Bruce Fadem, Fox IT advisory board chair, the projects were “the best I have ever seen.” The fall 2016 teams across the two courses taught by Professors Schuff and Mandviwalla are:

The teams were mentored by Bruce Fadem, Sondra Barbour, Ben Hasan, Jeff Hamilton, Dale Danilewitz, Sunil Misra, and Andrea Anania, who are all partners of the Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) and participated through the IBIT Mentoring Program

Professor Doyle receives Fox School Musser award

Mart DoyleProfessor Martin Doyle received the 2016 Fox School Musser Excellence in Leadership Award for Faculty Service. The award was presented at the 20th annual Musser Award reception and dinner Nov. 16, 2016, in Mitten Hall, on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Professor Doyle was recognized for his leadership and service to the Department of Management Information Systems, especially in managing the nationally ranked BBA in MIS and for leading the effort to add more rigor to the MIS curriculum. The Musser Award for Faculty Service is presented annually to one person among all the faculty at the Fox School of Business.


Professors Wattal and Greenwood receive fellowships

Professors Sunil Wattal and Brad Greenwood received prestigious named research fellowships at the Fox School’s Eighteenth Annual Research Roundtable and Teaching Awards on November 9th, 2016. These fellowships are only awarded to the top researchers in the school. In addition, a number of MIS faculty and doctoral students were also honored with research and teaching awards.

Richard J. Fox Research Fellow
Dr. Brad Greenwood

Irwin Gross Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Sunil Wattal


  • Dean’s Research Honor Roll
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
    Dr. Xueming Luo
  • Top 10 “Highly Cited” Faculty Members
    Dr. Angelika Dimoka
    Dr. Xueming Luo
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
    Dr. Detmar Straub
  • High Achievements in Sponsored Projects
    Dr. Angelika Dimoka
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
  • High Achievements in SSRN
    Dr. Brad Greenwood
    Dr. Xueming Luo
    Dr. Paul Pavlou
    Dr. Sunil Wattal

Doctoral Research Competition

    First Place: Xue Guo
    First Place: Aaron Cheng
    First Place: Kartik Ganju
    Honorable Mention: Sungyong Um


  • Dr. Richard Flanagan
    MS Program in ITACS Professor of the Year Award
  • Prof. Wade Mackey
    MIS Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award
  • Dr. David Schuff
    MIS Full-Time Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2016 Departmental Adjunct Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom
    Prof. David McGettigan

Top 15th for the fifth year in a row!

BBA MIS Top 15

For the fifth year in a row, the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) Bachelor of Business Administration major in Management Information Systems (BBA MIS) made the US News and World Report Undergraduate Business Specialties national ranking. In the 2017 ranking, which is based on data from 2016, Temple MIS was ranked 14th in the United States. Also for the fifth year in a row, the BBA MIS is the only ranked MIS program among public university’s in the region. 

The top 15 undergraduate ranking follows the top 15 ranking of the Fox MIS graduate programs by US News and World Report for 2017 including the MS in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security (ITACS), and MS Digital Innovation in Marketing. The program rankings follow the No. 1 in the world research ranking of MIS faculty in 2016.

The Fox BBA in MIS is a STEM major that produces digital business innovators and has achieved 100% placement for the last five years. Students in the program learn and continuously develop their professional skills on a proprietary platform.

Top 15th for the fifth year in a row!

Advisory board member endows $100,000 scholarship

Andrea and Jim StewartAndrea Anania, who retired from CIGNA as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer ten years ago, only had one option for her undergraduate degree: the City of New York system because it was free. Her parents simply lacked the funds to support her.

In honor of that formative experience, she and her husband, James G. Stewart, decided to endow a $50,000 scholarship for one student in the MIS program each year (matched by the Fox School for a total endowment of $100,000), beginning fall 2017. Anania, who went on to have a successful career in information technology, and her husband believe very strongly in the value of an education.

“I had to work my entire way through college, and I hope this scholarship relieves some financial pressure for the recipients so they can focus on their studies,” said Anania, who ended up receiving an excellent free undergraduate education from the City of New York system. “In addition, it would be wonderful if it also helped some students make the decision to come to Temple rather than go elsewhere.”

As a Fox IT advisory board member, Anania feels particularly passionate about the Management Information Systems program at Temple because she has seen it blossom under the leadership of Munir Mandviwalla, Ph.D., who has created vibrant partnerships with industry to help shape the program’s curriculum, provide input into research topics, and educate a pool of qualified candidates.

Mandviwalla has also used the program’s advisory board to remain responsive to changing demands in the marketplace, enhancing the curriculum’s focus on software development and project management. Anania noted she feels that the students coming out of Temple’s program are highly qualified to enter the workforce.

“I have formed a deep relationship with Temple over the years and wanted to continue to strengthen the field where I had a very meaningful and challenging career,” said Anania, explaining why she chose to endow the scholarship at Temple.

Particularly, Anania and Stewart are interested in helping smart students with good work ethics succeed.

“Temple attracts that type of student,” she said. “It is tremendously gratifying to know this scholarship could help diligent, intelligent students who only need some financial assistance to make their dreams come true.” 

– Elizabeth Hillaker Downs

Fox MIS continues No. 1 in the world ranking for research productivity

FOX MIS Research No. 1 2016The research output of the Temple University Fox School Management Information Systems (MIS) Department continued to be ranked No. 1 in the world in the 2015 update of the rankings based on Association for Information Systems’ (AIS) List of High-quality Journals, specifically Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ) and Information Systems Research (ISR) for the 2013-2015 period. See http:/www.myvisionresearch.com/rankings, My Vision Research. The 2015 update was released in late spring 2016.

Temple MIS tied for the number 1 spot with City University of Hong Kong and The University of Texas at Dallas. The analysis focused on Management Information Systems Quarterly (MISQ) and Information Systems Research (ISR), which are the acknowledged top two ‘A’ journals in the field.

Fox MIS also achieved the number 1 rank in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2010 (third in 2011).

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