Title: Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Education: Ph.D., Management Information Systems, University of Georgia; Master’s and Bachelor’s, Computer Science/Business Administration, University of Koblenz, Germany
Industry experience: IT consulting companies, including jobs as an IT consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Frankfurt, Germany, and as an IT research fellow and manager at Accenture’s Institute for High Performance in Boston.
Current professional leadership/service: Senior associate editor, European Journal of Information Systems; member, editorial boards, The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive, and the Communications of the Association for Information Systems; member, FSU Faculty Senate.
Areas of expertise: Technology innovation and business analytics
This area interests me because: How technology can change business processes, how technology can be used to turn around entire companies by better decision-making, and how technology has changed us and will continue to change societies, are simply phenomena that have always hit a nerve for me—and I’m sure they will continue to do so.
Most recently published: “How to Derive Business Value from Mining Unstructured Digital Data Streams in Customer Service Management,” MIS Quarterly Executive, forthcoming, co-authored with Oliver Müller, Stefan Debortoli, and Jan vom Brocke; “Explicating Innovation Network Resources: Capabilities and Information System Support for Innovation Infrastructures,” Journal of the Association of Information Systems, forthcoming, co-authored with Sven Rehm, and Lakshmi Goel.
Why students should consider a career in Management Information Systems: MIS is never boring, and the demand for professionals in this area will only increase as the rate of technological advancements accelerates. Future MIS graduates will have to tackle topics such as Watson Analytics, 3D printing and the Internet of Things. Also, MIS continues to be one of the highest paying majors in the business school. Excellent pay in a highly dynamic environment—who would not want to sign up?
I appreciate COB alumni involvement because: Alumni set examples and build aspirations. Seeing what can be achieved and how FSU laid the foundation for an individual to flourish are important learning moments for our students who often struggle to make sense of their classes and career choices.
Private giving to the college is important because: Giving perpetuates good karma, and can come in many forms. I particularly value how activities with little nominal cost, such as bringing in guest speakers, sponsored internships or in-classroom presentations, can have a tremendous overall impact on students.
My community involvement includes: Two kids and a traveling “better half” don’t leave much time for community involvement beyond FSU. But I am a big fan and supporter of the German School of Tallahassee. I’m also pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in its ambition to bridge its technological knowledge with my unique MIS skill set.