Co-Chairs: Souren Paul, Professor, Northern Kentucky University;  and Iris Junglas, Noah T. Leask Distinguished Professor of Information Management and Innovation, College of Charleston

Panel 1: Revisiting Digital Innovation Ecosystems—Finding a way for academia-industry research collaboration to succeed

Practice-oriented research aims to address real world problems and challenges. For research practitioners, this goal is inherent to their job description. They continuously work on cutting-edge topics like the future of work, digital transformations, or generative AI. Often, they have their own approach to research and have built their own research ecosystem over time.

For IS scholars, in contrast, who are judged by their theoretical contribution to the field, addressing real world problems is often difficult to achieve. In this panel, we seek to better understand how academia can join this practice ecosystem and how collaboration can be made possible that benefits both industry and academic researchers?

Panel Questions:

  • How to establish and maintain a long-term research relationship between academia and research practice?
  • What are best practices in providing value to practice research while gaining theoretical insights as a scholar?
  • How to develop an ability to collaborate with practice researchers? And vice versa, how to develop an ability to collaborate with academic researchers?
  • What is the role of academic research from an industry perspective?

Monday, December 11

16:30-18:00 (IST)


Jan vom Brocke

University of Muenster

Hemant Jain

The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Iris Junglas

College of Charleston

Raju Goteti

Tata Consultancy Services

Stuart Madnick



H. Raghav Rao

University of Texas at San Antonio

Souren Paul

Northern Kentucky University

Panel 2: Paradigm Shift in AI—Generative AI and Beyond

Generative models have emerged as transformative tools, driving advancements not only in natural language processing, but also how we as human beings work and innovate. In contrast to “traditional” AI that is narrow in focus and task-specific, generative AI is able to utilize and transfer knowledge across tasks, thus serving as a general-purpose tool that can provide a solution for any context. This panel seeks to explore the topic of “generative AI & beyond” by delving into the transformations that are imminent for business, academia and education. Specifically, the panel seeks to better understand the benefits and risks associated with generative AI, the relentless pace of its development, and our ability to navigate, to manage and to regulate it.

Panel Questions:

  • How does generative AI impact your work?
  • How is generative AI changing the way we think, interact and converse?
  • What are the legal and ethical implications associated with generative AI?
  • How can generative AI be put to work in business, academia and education?
  • Where is generative AI going from here?

Tuesday, December 12

11:00-12:30 (IST)


Dharma Atluri


Julie Basu


B.P. Gautham

Tata Consultancy Services

Sujay Sen


Shubhasis Sengupta

Accenture, India

Ramesh Sharda

Oklahoma State University


Prabhudev Konana

University of Maryland