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From: Prof. Kannan Mohan
Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics, Coordinator, Ph.D. program in Information Systems
Kevin C. Desouza
Foundation Professor, School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University
Tuesday, May 9, 12:30-1:45pm, NVC 11-217 (IS-STA Conference room)
Abstract: I believe that research needs to be conducted in a manner that advances the greater public good, especially in fields that are of an applied nature (business, engineering, public policy, etc.). Research done with the sole intention of producing a journal article or conference paper is not good enough. Academia has a special responsibility to generate knowledge that advances society. Studying complex phenomenon requires us to undertake research that (1) draws on multiple disciplines, (2) engages a diverse group of stakeholders, (3) appreciates a plurality of research approaches, and (4) communicates to a diverse set of audiences. Executing inter-disciplinary research is no easy feat to accomplish. Researchers face daunting challenges from the onset, beginning with the inception of ideas, and then continuing to the crafting of problem statements, executing the research process, and communicating the results via publications in academic and practitioner outlets. However, these challenges should not be viewed as an excuse to abandon inter-disciplinary research in favor of narrowly focused research exercises.
In this talk, I will offer personal reflections on how to structure research programs to maximize several goals. First, to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the research process. Second, to maximize the potential that research outputs will be accepted by scholarly and practitioner communities. Third, to work with stakeholders to leverage the knowledge that is generated, to advance societal outcomes. I will share examples from a wide range of projects to elaborate on how scholars can build agile, responsive, and responsible research projects that have relevance beyond the ivory tower.
I will present a method (process) for executing inter-disciplinary research that has served me well. Illustrative examples of research projects will be used to exemplify this process and outline strategies for researchers to consider when conducting inter-disciplinary research projects. I will pay particular attention to global research projects that are interdisciplinary in nature. In addition to sharing lessons about what works, I will openly share some of the trials and tribulations that I have encountered along the way.
Biography: Kevin C. Desouza is a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. He served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Research for the College of Public Service & Community Solutions from 2012-2016. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books, the most recent being Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). He has published more than 150 articles in journals across a range of disciplines including information systems, information science, public administration, political science, technology management, and urban affairs. His work has also been featured by a number of outlets such as Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Research, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Businessweek, Wired, Governing, Slate.com, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, PBS, and Computerworld, among others. Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, innovation programs, crisis management, and leadership development. Desouza has received over $1.8 million in research funding from both private and government organizations. For more information, please visit: http://www.kevindesouza.net.
Presented by the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics
Coordinator, Ph.D. program in Information Systems
Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics
Baruch College, The City University of New York
Phone: (646) 312 3372
Ph.D. Program: http://cis.baruch.cuny.edu/doctoral/