The Information Systems (IS) Department is composed of internationally renowned theoretical pioneers, including the editors of leading academic journals, such as Design Issues and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems.
The department’s research led to Manage by Designing, a school-wide curriculum initiative that is the first in the world to infuse design skills and principles into management education. A major challenge of integrating design and management is expanding the application of design beyond the familiar domains of a firm’s products and ubiquitous information technologies to include the design of services, processes, structures and environments across all functions of the organization. This requires the school-wide engagement of faculty in applying design methods and concepts to the full scope of activities that fall under management: strategies, supply chains, reward systems, and controls, as well as business intelligence and learning capabilities.
Known for breaking ground in unexpected areas, department faculty have also created software tools for the study of management, including Theory Garden, allowing analysis of causal loop models of business systems, and Business Animator, providing dynamic visualization of a firm’s financial performance. Department researchers have been recognized by the Academy of Management for pathbreaking studies of distributed innovation in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, and have received numerous National Science Foundation awards to support their ongoing research. From NASA to the health care industry, IS students and faculty study how design and technology influence organizations, and vice versa.
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