Chapter 4 Departmental Activities

4.1 Research Seminar Series (RSS)

Members of the department present their research outputs in monthly seminars. All researchers are welcome for this open discussion platform.

Coordinator: Dilan Özcan Kalfa

4.2 Workshops

Participants use some research tools in workshops for hands-on-experience with scientific approaches in MIS Workshops.

Coordinator: Dr. Keziban Seçkin Codal

4.3 Talks

Invited speakers give interesting speeches about their experiences in business life, a project recently completed, or a product newly introduced.

Coordinator: Nurcan Bozkaya Özdemir

4.4 Professional Connections

Coordinator: Dr. Tunç D. Medeni

4.5 Appendix A

Underlying Disciplines and Concepts / Theories Used

Adapted from

Gordon B. Davis. 2000. Information Systems Conceptual Foundations: Looking Backward and Forward. In Proceedings of the IFIP TC9 WG9.3 International Conference on Home Oriented Informatics and Telematics,: Information, Technology and Society (HOIT ’00), Andy Sloane and Felix van Rijn (Eds.). Kluwer, B.V., Deventer, The Netherlands, The Netherlands, 61-82.

Psychology Theories of human behavior, Motivation theories, Theory of reasoned action.

Cognitive Psychology Human information processing, Human cognition, Expertise, Artificial intelligence, Cognitive style, Creativity, Knowledge, Cognitive representations/visualization, Human-machine interfaces.

Sociology/Organization Behavior Nature of work (knowledge work, clerical work, etc.), Governance theories, Organization design concepts, Process models, Culture.

Technology Adoption/Diffusion Adaptive structuration, Social network theory, Actor network theory, Social influence, Organization change, Organization learning, Trust, Ethics.

Management/Strategy Strategy, Innovation, Competitive advantage, Resource view of firm, Knowledge management, Risk management, Evaluation, Outsourcing.

Economics Principal-agent theory, Transaction cost economics, Productivity, Information economics, Social welfare, Adverse selection, Value of information, Incomplete contracting, Intermediation.

System Concepts and Principles Artificial systems, Requisite variety, Soft systems, Complexity, Control theory-cybernetics, Socio-cybernetic theory of acts, Task/technology fit (equifinality), System economics (reuse), Maintenance of systems (negative entropy), Process theory, System models.

Communications Media choice, Collaborative work, Speech acts theory.

Decision making Behavioral decision making, Normative decision models, Group decision making, Neural networks/genetic algorithms.

Information concepts Mathematical theory of communications, Quality, errors, and bias concepts, Value of information, Semantics, Semiotics (theory of signs).