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?
- 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
Jan vom Brocke
University of Muenster
The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Tata Consultancy Services
H. Raghav Rao
University of Texas at San Antonio
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.
- 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
Tata Consultancy Services
Oklahoma State University
University of Maryland