High Honors for Goizueta PhD

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Hyeyoung Hah 14PhD, Best Paper Runner-Up and Abhishek Kathuria 12PhD, Best Paper Nominee

The International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which has over 4,000 members representing universities in over 95 countries worldwide. It is the most prestigious conference for the IS discipline and provides an opportunity for networking and sharing ideas and scientific work.*

Goizueta PhD student Hyeyoung Hah 14PhD won Best Paper Runner-Up. She presented her research, A Multi-level Analysis of the Impact of Health Information Technology on Hospital Performance, co-authored with Associate Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management Anandhi Bharadwaj. Recent graduate of the program, Abhishek Kathuria 12PhD was also nominated and presented his research, Juggling Paradoxical strategies: The Emergent Role of IT Capabilities, co-authored with Benn Konsynski, George S. Craft Distinguished University Professor of Information Systems & Operations Management. Kathuria’s research was part of his dissertation at Goizueta.

Each year over 1000 papers are submitted for Best Paper consideration. Only 13-15 are selected as Best Paper Nominees.

“The PhD Program at Goizueta encourages and supports students from day one,” says Kathuria, who is now an assistant professor of innovation and information management, at the University of Hong Kong. He credits Goizueta’s PhD Program with providing what he calls a “running start.”

“In the PhD program we emphasize research and preparing for a career in academia right from day one. Students are expected to start working independently on research projects even in their first year,” confirms Bharadwaj.

The PhD program works to expose students to new research and enhance their abilities to present their own work effectively. Doctoral candidates benefit from guest researchers, faculty advisors and a curriculum aimed to develop top scholars.

“Generally speaking, the Goizueta PhD program is relatively small but powerful. Each student can get “customized” individual attention from faculty members,” says Hah.

The collaborative relationship between faculty and students is just part of the program’s dynamic. Students are supported and encouraged to become independent scholars and discover topics in which they are most passionate.

“When I stood before Health Information Technology (HIT) researchers worldwide, I realized how my research with Professor Anandhi Bharadwaj was valued and received well, by the audience. This ICIS Best Paper Runner-Up Award will reinforce the value of my research in HIT and raise the bar toward quality of research for my entire career,” explains Hah.

Hah and Kathuria’s nominations and invitation to present their research at ICIS exemplifies the quality of students and research at Goizueta Business School.

*ICIS 2012 http://icis2012.aisnet.org/

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