Chapter 2 Administration

Our department has no special administrative office, we are communicating in the way of nature! Departmental issues are discussed in the departmental board meetings which are holding at least one session per month1. Faculty members have rights to vote on decisions while we are seeking a consensus.

2.1 Code of Ethics and Code of Research

There are two comprehensive examples which can be considered to define department’s code of ethics. We hope somebody need to write it in the future for the department itself. Until then, these two seem to be meaningful for the department.

ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct - https://www.acm.org/about/code-of-ethics
Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice - https://www.acm.org/about/se-code

There is a well written code of research from AIS, maybe we can put some issues on the table for Turkish academia soon.

AIS Code of Research Conduct - https://goo.gl/fx9MSX

2.2 Delegation and Tasking

Chair’s Office is the main responsible point for all activities of the department in the offical sense. Assigning various tasks to members of the department is one of the tasks of the chair’s office. All assignments should be ready to discuss, present, or share at the due date by the members.

2.3 Policies

The Department of Management Information Systems developed written policies in order to set a clear shared expectation for processes that we will hold ourselves accountable to the school (see Appendices).

2.4 Communication

We communicate each other via mobile phone calls, text messages, and e-mail messages. Additionally some mobile apps like WhatsApp are really helpful for sharing instant ideas, photos, or short documents. In professional sense, we are using Slack (http://slack.com).

Our department has a Twitter account ((deptofmis?)) to share some important topics and valuable links with students.

2.5 Content Management System

We are using MediaWiki as a content management system (CMS) and a website. All information about the department is always updated on the website (http://j.mp/link2mis).

2.6 Official Documents and Forms

As a unit of the YBU Business School, we are using a framework which is called ”Sistem Kitabı”2 (The System Book) to handle all administrative processes related to the school. The book contains most of the documents, forms, and policy descriptions which are used in the school. We have a couple of additional forms and documents to be able to get feedback from members of the department, students, and third parties.

2.7 Upcoming for 2017

We are currently working on new ideas to implement for the year of 2017, such as (unsorted);

Knowledge Base. General knowledge base (Issue tracking, FAQ, Help, MIS literature essentials, Must read books).
Style Manual. For homeworks, projects, theses.
MIS Core. MIS research areas. Emphasizing key people in the area.
Course Cards. Beautiful cards (Course categories, MIS Career info, Elective courses).
MIS Entry. Creating value from wasted electronics, renovation, donation for children.

2.8 Departmental Calendar

Department has a calendar which consists of important dates and milestones. It is currently hosted by Google Calendar. Every member of the faculty can access and manuplate it if needed.