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Session Type: Tutorial

Title: Partial Least Squares Analyses: A State of the Art Overview of Basics and Recent
Advances

Presenter(s): Wynne Chin, University of Houston

Duration: Full Day

Registration: $75

Description:
PLS is well-suited if your research involves multiple indicators of latent variables or
constructs, if you wish to account for measurement error among the indicators, and if you wish
to estimate the reliability and validity of these measurements within the context of your
theoretical model. In particular, PLS comes to the fore if you are faced with very complex
models with large number of constructs and indicators, data conditions that preclude the
necessary conditions for using Covariance Based (i.e., non-normality and smaller sample size),
and would like to create construct scores for predictive purposes.
The objective of the tutorial is to present an introduction and state of the art overview of
recent advances in the Partial Least Squares method including higher order dimensional analysis,
multi-group permutation analysis, interaction analysis, bootstrap cross-validation for fit
assessment. Both PLS-Graph and XL-Stat will be highlighted some very powerful functionalities
unique to these software.



Session Type: Tutorial

Title: Structural Equation Models for Evaluating IS Theories: Introduction and Advanced Topics

Presenter(s): Joerg Evermann, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Duration: Full Day

Registration: $75

Description:
Covariance-Based Structural Equation Modeling (CB-SEM) is taking on an increasingly
important role in the examination of theory and measurement in Information Systems research.
Despite its popular use and the many software packages that exist for the researcher, CB-SEM is
a complex technique that provides may pitfalls for the unaware researcher. This tutorial provides
a gentle introduction to CBSEM from basic principles. It also covers some of the advanced
issues that the researcher might encounter, not only from a statistical but also from an applied
perspective. The tutorial is targeted at PhD students and IS researchers new to CB-SEM. It

requires little to no prior statistical knowledge, though basic knowledge of linear algebra is
helpful. This is a hands-on tutorial featuring the open source R system for statistical computing.
Participants are required to bring their own laptop computers.



Session Type: Tutorial

Title: Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies

Presenter(s): Nik Hassan, University of Minnesota Duluth
Maureen Linker, University of Michigan - Dearborn

Duration: Full Day

Registration: $75

Description:
In the spirit of the successful philosophy tutorial involving C. West Churchman at AMCIS
1996 in Phoenix, Arizona, the goal of this tutorial is to emphasize the importance and relevance
of philosophy to IS research, focusing on science and technology studies (STS). The content
of the tutorial will include foundational materials on epistemology, ontology and different
philosophical approaches and will be presented and facilitated by a local expert in philosophy.
The first half of the tutorial will include presentations on the topics followed by a workshop to
discuss papers submitted by attendees.

The main theme of the tutorial is the “Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies (STS)” and
will include a brief introduction to foundational concepts in epistemological and metaphysical
issues around positivism and subsequent critiques of positivism in the 20th century. This
introductory material is followed by the core presentation on STS and concluded with the theory
of knowledge and conceptual development in STS. The implications of these philosophical
foundations will be demonstrated in the form of the linguistic turn in philosophy and social
epistemology using social networking technologies as a case study.



Session Type: Workshop (Morning Session)

Title: Assessment Made Easy: Rubrics, Methods, and Reporting Results for AACSB and ABET/
CAC Globalization Criteria

Presenter(s): Richard Mathieu, James Madison University
Carolyn Jacobson, Mount St. Mary’s University

Duration: Half Day

Registration: $50

Description:
Both AACSB and ABET are concerned with assuring that our graduates are prepared to compete
in the global economy. ABET wants all IS students to have “the ability to analyse the local
and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society.” AACSB business
schools must “prepare graduates to operate in a business environment that is global in scope”.

Today all accredited IS programs have established systematic processes for the collection
and evaluation of assessment data. The purpose of this workshop is to build the participant’s
understanding of the core assessment principles used in the assessment of student learning.
Specifically, this workshop will explore methods and tools used to assess the degree to which
IS students are equipped to handle the demands of a global economy. Participants will be
encouraged to discuss and share “best assessment practices” developed at their institutions.
Practical examples will be presented that help faculty develop effective mechanisms for program
improvement. Topics in the workshop include writing measurable outcomes, developing scoring
rubrics, choosing assessment tools, and reporting assessment results.



Session Type: Workshop (Morning Session)

Title: Panels on "Global & Mobile Health" and "Health IT solutions in the context of the US
Healthcare Reform & Rising Healthcare Expenditure"

Presenter(s): Joseph Tan, McMaster University

Duration: Half Day

Registration: $50

Description:
Workshop on Health IT Issues at both International and National Levels – this will be convened
as two side-by-side panel sessions, each lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Both panels will
be moderated: the theme for the first panel is “Global & Mobile Health” and for the second
is “Health IT solutions in the context of the US Healthcare Reform & Rising Healthcare
Expenditure”

The first panel will focus on Health-and-Wellness topics at the International level, emphasizing
how Health IT in general, and m-health, in particular, will offer low-cost solutions to promote
better population health as well as change traditional public health practices. Invited speakers
will provide their individual perspectives while contributing to the common goal of improving
health and wellness through the implementations of cost-effective health IT solutions. Questions
from the moderator (J. Tan) and discussions from the audience will enhance lessons learned
during the session.

The second panel will shift focus to IT solutions that would help curb rising healthcare costs.
Here, the discussion will emphasize major causes of rising healthcare costs, and how Health IT
solutions, in general, and emerging ehealth/mhealth solutions, in particular, can help to contain
the rising expenditure and usher in the envisioned US healthcare reform.



Session Type: Workshop (Morning Session)

Title: Theory construction parts I. Finding you contribution and Part II Developing concepts the
building block for theory

Presenter(s): Martha Garcia-Murillo, Syracuse University

Duration: Half Day

Registration: $50

Description:
Theory Construction Part I. Finding your contribution

This workshop focuses on the process of theory development and how to find holes in the
literature where a contribution can be made. Participants will be made aware of software
applications (some of which are open), that can facilitate the theory development process with
visualizations, citation analysis graphs and reference software for example.

The workshop is unique because it falls in a niche that is not covered in either methodological or
philosophy of science texts. Unlike other contributions on theory development which are much
more formally presented, this workshop will be much more practical in nature. It is intended to
guide the research and theory construction process to make it easier for scholars to be able to
successfully and more effectively make a contribution to their fields.

It provides a practical and systematic approach to the research process beyond traditional
methods of research design or philosophy. Today, contributions are almost random given that
they are, for the most part, relying on articles that scholars find in databases with little or no
strategies to identify the most relevant or from papers that advisers recommend.

Theory construction Part II. Developing concepts: the building blocks for theory
In this second part we will determine the different definitions that have been used for concepts
from variables to constructs and then once again use visualization tools to develop more precise
concepts. For this second part of the workshop we will also learn visualization tools in Many
Eyes to identify definitions and select those that most clearly define a concept.



Session Type: Workshop (Afternoon session)

Title: Healthcare IT Research and Grant Opportunities

Presenter(s): Richard Klein, Clemson University

Duration: Half Day

Registration: $50

Description:
Given the proliferation of federally sponsored funding opportunities in healthcare field and a
heightened focus on using information systems (IS) and information technology (IT) to increase
the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of the United States healthcare system, IS researchers
are uniquely positioned to add significant value to advancing cutting edge research. Historically
many of the limited grant opportunities within this area have been targeted toward the medical
informatics community, constituting novel and uncharted territory for IS researchers. Through
this half-day workshop, SIGHealth seeks to arm attendees with the knowledge, resources, and
understanding to successfully navigate the healthcare grant opportunities at the both the National
Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation.



Session Type: Workshop (Afternoon Session)

Title: Geographic Information Systems: A Hands on Introduction

Presenter(s): Daniel Farkas, Pace University

Duration: Half Day

Registration: $50

Description:
Information Systems traditionally involve the application of computing to the problems of
organizations. Geographic Information Systems are characterized by spatial objects that have
locations (e.g. addresses, landmarks, geopolitical boundaries, etc.) and data associated with them
(e.g. demographic information, value, etc.). While many associate GIS systems with scientific
data, emerging applications and research involves solving problems which ask IS related
questions about geospatial information and are applied in many situations including Security,
Customer Analysis, Market Analysis, Site Selection, etc. Technology impacts include databases,
data mining, project management, network and web development analysis and performance.
This workshop will give a hands-on overview of GIS using a variety of freely available tools
and web-based datasets (US Census data, Google Maps, Open Source GIS , ArcGIS) to give
participants the knowledge needed to understand the geospatial research potential and get
started developing their own applications. Participants with laptops will create their own GIS
application.



Session Type: Workshop (Afternoon Session)

Title: ICT and Wellness

Presenter(s): Upkar Varshney, Georgia State University

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Registration: Free

Description:
Information and communications technologies have been applied in healthcare for many years.
Recently, some attention is being paid to Wellness, which is a state of complete physical, mental,
and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. In this tutorial, we focus on how
ICTs can be applied towards achieving "Wellness" or "Proactive Health". More specifically,
we discuss ICT in the context of monitoring and management of health including (a) health
monitoring, (b) medication monitoring and management, (c) daily activity monitoring, (d)
avoiding and managing various chronic conditions, and (e) exercise monitoring. The goal is to
maintain good health for people who are healthy and improve the ones for people who have been
sick and manage for people who have chronic health conditions. For each of these, we need a
separate plan of action. For example, for people with chronic conditions, we need to address
the monitoring and management of diet, stress, exercise, and compliance with medications
and health advice. For elderly people, monitoring and management of activity of daily living
(ADL) is needed along with communication with family members/guardian, caregiver and
healthcare professional. Additionally, supporting the specific requirements of chronic disease
(like environmental monitoring for Asthma, blood glucose for diabetes, stress for high blood
pressure, weight loss for sleep apnea) should also be performed. In this tutorial, we introduce
ICT and Wellness, several challenges and solutions and discuss several interesting applications
and related research problems.