Invitation: STEM3 Event

UNCG and The American Association of University Women are excited to offer the one day STEM3 event (Sci, Tech, Engg, Math, Music and Medicine) to girls in grades 6 to 9 and their parents/guardians/teachers on Saturday, April 1st at the Science Sullivan Building. This event is co-sponsored by Hondajet and Lincoln Financial among others. For detailed information about the event and how to register, please see the attached flyer and website (

Congratulations to Lakshmi Iyer on becoming a Full Professor.

Dean’s Notable Scholar recipient

Congratulations Dr. Xia Zhao for receiving the Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar Award. The Dean’s Notable Scholar Award is a competitive one and is aimed at high research potential tenured/tenure-track faculty who are in the middle stages of their respective careers and who have already distinguished themselves based on their research. The support provided by the program offers tangible recognition to awardees and encouragement to others. An important strategic objective of the program is to help retain top assistant and associate professors and reward them for work well done. The award carries the title, Dean and Tracy Priddy Dean’s Notable Scholar (in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Priddy) and a monetary sum of $5,000 per year for each year covered by the award.

UNCG Bryan School adds online programs in Business Analytics

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GREENSBORO, NC – The UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics is launching a new curriculum in business analytics this fall, designed to help professionals advance their understanding of analytics and its application in the business environment.

Co-sponsored by SAS, the Bryan School will offer two courses of study: an online graduate certificate in business analytics and a concentration in business analytics as part of the online master of science in information technology and management (MSITM) degree. The curriculum will offer students in-depth knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenge of developing and managing an information system within an organization.  

Interested applicants should submit an official transcript confirming a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a statement of purpose highlighting career and educational goals, a resume, three letters of recommendation, a completed UNCG Graduate School application and a $60 application fee. A GRE/GMAT score is required for consideration for the MSITM program, though that requirement may be waived under some circumstances. The deadline to apply for fall semester is July 1.

“With the exponential growth of data, specifically big data, the demand for analytics talent has increased tremendously,” said Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, an associate professor in the Bryan School and director of the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management’s graduate programs. “Recognizing the need for talent, companies such as SAS are partnering with universities to address the talent gap.”

The coursework integrates SAS’s industry-leading software, offering students the opportunity to gain experience using the platform while learning key concepts.

“Our SAS co-sponsored business analytics program, both the certificate and MSITM concentration, is for business professionals to gain state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in models, methods, tools and techniques in business analytics that will enable them to make better data-driven business decisions,” Iyer said. “The concentration in business analytics in the MSITM program will not only help students develop the competencies needed to join the big-data talent workforce but also to take on leadership roles within that area.”

The job market for people with these skill sets is considerable. According to one new projection from McKinsey & Company, the U.S. alone faces a shortfall of 140,000 to 190,000 big data professionals in the next five years. Another recent study from Gartner suggests that 4.4 million IT jobs worldwide will be needed to support big data by 2015.

“That’s a lot of potential employment for the right people,” Iyer said.


The Bryan School of Business and Economicshelps students develop the knowledge and experience to become exceptional problem solvers that organizations and communities need. One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, the Bryan School boasts an AACSB International accreditation in business and accounting that puts it among the top 3 percent of business schools in the world.  Our students and alumni carry forward their Bryan School experience to make meaningful contributions where they work, live and lead.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a challenging, supportive and engaged community where learning is carried forward to Do something bigger altogether. Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad, serving more than 18,000 students. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make.

Lanita Withers Goins
Staff writer | UNCG University Relations

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Xia Zhou on her appointment as Senior Editor of the Decision Support Systems journal!

CONGRATULATIONS Connie Albert on winning the Three Minute Thesis competition!

Connie Albert won the Three Minute Thesis competition at UNCG in November 2013 which was sponsored by the UNCG Graduate School.  Following this win, the UNCG Graduate School funded Connie to compete at the regional competition held in San Antonio, TX and hosted by The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools where she was awarded second runner-up.  Connie has recently accepted a tenure-track position at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and will begin this position August, 2014.

Congratulations Connie!

3MT Connie Albert

Left: Graduate School Associate Dean, Dr. Laura Chesak-Right: PhD student Connie Albert.  photo by Lorenzo Pedro

See video of presentation produced by Dan Smith:

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CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Ling Xue and Dr. Xia Zhao for their rank in the top 100 Information Systems researchers in the world!

Congratulations to Dr. Ling Xue and Dr. Xia Zhao for being ranked in the top 100 researchers (in the world) in the Information Systems area based on Association of Information Systems (AIS) Senior Scholars’ Basket of Journals (Information Systems Research, Management Information Systems Quarterly and Journal of Management Information Systems):

Dr. Ling Xue ranked 18th

Dr. Xia Zhao ranked 55th  

The details of the ranking are available at the following web link:

According to the criteria used in the ranking, UNCG is ranked 67th amongst the top 100 colleges and universities in the world.  The details of the ranking are available at the following web link:

Dr. Prashant Palvia Publishes “Critical Information in Technology Issues in Turkish Healthcare”

Dr. Prashant Palvia publishes Critical information in technology issues in Turkish healthcare in Elsevier’s Information and Management.


While the importance of information technology in reducing soaring healthcare costs and enhancing service quality is increasingly being recognized, significant challenges remain in how it is implemented. Although there are a few studies investigating key IT issues in healthcare in advanced countries, there are virtually none in developing countries. We bridge this gap by investigating the critical information technology issues in healthcare facilities in Turkey. These issues are developed based on the opinions of senior hospital managers. The top ten issues include privacy, quality, security, and the implementation of electronic medical records. Further analyses provide additional insights into the results.

To view article, click Elsevier I&M.

ISSCM Professor Dr. Palvia and ISSCM PhD Alumnus Ravi Thambusamy Publish in JITCAR

ISSCM Professor Dr. Prashant Palvia and ISSCM PhD Alumnus Thambusamy publish in JITCAR:



Prashant Palvia

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Ravi Thambusamy

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA


Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) is a relatively new phenomenon and refers to the use of computer applications to store, process, and use clinical, administrative, and financial information among various health care entities.  HIT is widely regarded as a key to improving the quality of healthcare in the United States and potentially reducing its cost. Yet, its implementation is a continuous challenge for the healthcare industry.  One of the key applications of HIT is Electronic Medical Records (EMR).  The implementation of an EMR system may result in improved and more efficient care and patient safety, but it may also incur additional costs. Furthermore, if the development of the application is undertaken by an offshore vendor, it adds another layer of complexity. This research case documents the experiences in the development and implementation of an EMR system for a U.S. client by an offshore vendor.  While client experiences abound  in the literature, this study is unique in that it draws from the perspective of the service provider. Key findings of the study show that the major issues related to EMR development by an offshore vendor include gaining domain knowledge, requirements generation, and access to expertise. Like offshoring projects in general, client-vendor communication remains perennially important.  Beyond EMR, this vendor’s critical success factors in HIT projects offshore development additionally include scope containment, need for a client liaison, and managing non-functional expectations.


Dr. Palvia Publishes “Measuring Value Dimensions of IT Occupational Culture: an exploratory analysis” in Springer

ISSCM professor Dr. Prashant Palvia’s publication appears in Springer Science+Business Media entitled, Measuring value dimensions of IT occupational culture:  an exploratory analysis


Culture in information systems (IS) research has been an important area of study for over twenty-five years but has focused on two levels of analysis: national and organizational. However, research at the level of IT occupational culture has been minimal. Shared values are the core element of any cultural group and the IS literature has repeatedly called for measurable dimensions of IT culture. This study is an exploratory positivist investigation into scale creation and proposes a set of six value dimensions specific to the context of IT occupational culture based on a review of the relevant IS literature culture as well as interviews with IT professionals. These six dimensions are: Structure of Power, Control, Open Communication, Risk, Reverence for Knowledge, and Enjoyment (abbreviated as SCORRE). A preliminary instrument was prepared and tested with an empirical study. The instrument was found to have both high reliability and construct validity and is ready for further use in ongoing research. There was further evidence that SCORRE represents many core values that form the foundation of IT occupational culture.