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Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - Conference gathers best of industry, academia to focus on information systems

From August 4-7, the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and OU's SBA -- in partnership with regional universities -- Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State, Kettering University and University of Michigan-Dearborn -- is bringing its 17th annual Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) to Detroit for the first time. 


At this conference, business professionals from this region and academics, representing universities from 40 different countries, will discuss the IS business challenges and research that will impact future innovations in IT, as well as its impact IS curriculum and education of future workforce.


Anyone with a stake in the future of information systems is sure to find the conference engaging, stimulating and useful with more than 800 participants from 40 countries around the world. This year's conference explores the theme "Renaissance of Information Technology for Sustainability and Global Competitiveness" by showcasing how IT can be a bigger part of the renaissance picture as firms worldwide focus on sustainability and global competitiveness.


Specifically, the conference offers

"By bringing this conference to Detroit, the SBA -- through its Center for Integrated Business Research and Education -- is living up to its commitment to bring global researchers and practitioners together to better understand business, improve it and help it evolve," says Mohan Tanniru, dean, SBA, and conference co-chair. "This conference is known for presenting a wide range of research done by IS academics from all over the world.


"Given Michigan's recent economic challenges of the manufacturing and automobile industries, there is not a better place than Detroit -- which is undergoing its own renaissance -- to focus on the renaissance theme," he adds.


AMCIS 2011 will build on the strong legacy of previous AMCIS conferences, which began in 1995 in Pittsburg, PA. Since then, conferences have been held in places like Phoenix, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Long Beach, Boston, Dallas, Tampa, New York, Omaha, Acapulco (Mexico), Keystone (Colorado), Toronto, San Francisco, and Peru (South America) in 2010.


OU SBA faculty have a strong presence in organizing the 2011 event. The following faculty members are serving on the conference committee with Tanniru and other faculty members from universities around the world:  Xiaodong Deng, associate professor, MIS, as review coordinator; Balaji Rajagopalan, associate dean as program co-chair; Amy Rutledge, visiting instructor, as student volunteer coordinator; and Vijay Sugumaran, professor, MIS, as tutorial and workshop co-chair.


For more details on the 2011 conference and to register, see the conference Web site at