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JANUARY 2018

Faculty spotlight on Management Information Systems’ Xinlin Tang

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Title: Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Education: Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University; M.S., Management Information Systems, University of South Carolina; M.A., English Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University; B.S., Architecture, Tsinghua University.

Recent honors/special recognitions: Appointed as the associate editor for MIS Quarterly; selected as a recipient of the 2016-2017 Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC ²) Collaborative Seed Award Program, which funds leading cyber-related research at state universities.

Service/leadership: Director, MIS doctoral program

Areas of expertise: Information technology (IT) business value, IT-enabled knowledge management, IT-enabled innovation and information security

Currently teaching: Information and Technology Management (ISM 5021), Project Management (ISM 5315) and Advanced IT Project Management (ISM 5316)

This area interests me because: The rapid advance of information technology has made it an indispensable part of today’s businesses. How IT is fundamentally changing business systems and creating value are crucial questions for the information systems IS/IT field. 

Most recently published: Co-authored (with marketing’s Dr. Ruby Lee), “Does It Pay to Be Innovation and Imitation Oriented? An Examination of the Antecedents and Consequences of Innovation and Imitation Orientations,” Journal of Product Innovation Management; co-authored (with FSU Ph.D. candidate Jack Liu) “The Effects of Online Trust-Building Mechanisms on Trust and Repurchase Intentions: An Empirical Study on eBay,” Information Technology & People. Both are forthcoming.

The practical implications of my research: By understanding how IT resources and capabilities can be combined with other resources and capabilities inside and outside a firm, the firm is able to obtain more value from its IT investment and succeed in today’s competitive business environment.

This is especially relevant today because: IT investment is often cost intensive and path dependent. Insights generated from our studies can help firms avoid common mistakes and be strategic in the creation and appropriation of business value from IT.

Why students should consider the field of management information systems: MIS is a vibrant field. It gives students various choices in terms of career paths, including project management, database management and business analytics, among others. Our graduates are highly pursued by companies and well-paid.

I appreciate alumni involvement because: Alumni are great role models for current students and offer internships or job opportunities for our students. Their knowledge about industry trends can help us benchmark our curriculum. 



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