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SIM 2014 Paper Competition

Each year, the Society for Information Management recognizes innovative business initiatives that use IT to drive measurable results.
If you have researched an important and successful IT-related business initiative, the SIM 2014 Paper Competition Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing this initiative. The work described must be implemented and it must have had a significant impact on the organization involved. Winning papers will be a collaboration between academics and practitioners. Since SIM’s focus is toward executive management, the work should describe an initiative of interest to senior IS executives.

This is an excellent way to gain widespread recognition and visibility for exemplary IT leadership and to highlight the impacts of IT in firms applying IT strategically. Recognition will be given to up to two papers at SIMposium 2013 in Boston and all winning papers will be featured on SIMnet. In addition, the authors of the first and second place papers will be asked to present their papers at SIMposium. All winning papers will also be considered for publication in MISQ Executive, although some reformulation may be required to meet academic journal guidelines.

Deadline: Friday, May 23

All abstracts should be submitted electronically to SIM VP for Academic Affairs, Mary Sumner ( and to Paper Competition Coordinator, Butler Cooper (  Abstracts will be reviewed by the Paper Competition Committee and a subset of the submissions will be selected as finalists. Each author will be electronically notified of the outcome of their abstract submission by early June. All finalists will be asked to submit a full version of the paper.

Deadline:  Friday, August 1

All finalists selected from the initial review will be invited to submit a full version of the paper by the above deadline. Your paper could describe the system, approach, or method used. The work described should be presented in a case study format and clearly describe the problem or opportunity, the environment where the situation existed, what was done, why it was significant, the measurable results and what others can learn from the presented material. Topic tutorials or new technology descriptions alone are NOT being sought for this competition.  Please note: SIM reserves the right to distribute your paper upon submission.


: Are any new strategies and/or approaches described? Do they add to leading practices?

Impact: Does the paper address the real problem? Is the problem solved or diminished? Is it a managerial (not technical) issue? Is a significant part of the organization impacted? What performance measures reflect success? Do principles exist that could enhance that body of information management knowledge? 

Implementation: Is the innovation operational? What is the breadth of the implementation? Does the organization plan to extend the innovation? 

Re-applicability: Is the approach applicable to others? Can knowledge be transferred to others?        

Appeal and Readability
: Is there broad interest in the problem across industries and cultures? Will the paper appeal to SIM membership? Is the paper brief, clear, and to the point? Is the paper written with empathy for the reader?

The SIM 2014 Paper Award winners will be announced in late August.

If you have any questions regarding the SIM Paper Awards Competition, please contact SIM VP for Academic Affairs, Mary Sumner ( or Paper Competition Coordinator, Butler Cooper (

 Congratulations to the SIM 2013 Paper Competition Winners!   

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 SIM Paper Competition. The first place winners are Chetan Sankar, COB Advisory Council Professor of Information Systems, Auburn University and Bill Rushing, Vice President, R&D, Berntsen International, Inc., for their paper, "Critical Role of IT in Improving Disaster Management by Digitizing Utility Facility Objects.” 
The reviewer team consisted of three IT industry leaders and three academic professionals in the IT field.  The papers were evaluated based upon five criteria:  Innovativeness, Impact, Implementation, Re-applicability, and Readability. The Best Paper was presented at the 2013 SIMposium in November in Boston.

Chetan Sankar and Bill Rushing with Mary Sumner, SIM Academic Affairs Director

 Congratulations to the SIM 2012 Paper Competition Winners!   
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 SIM Paper Competition. The First Place Winner was a paper entitled, "Novartis' SMS for Life Project: How the CIO Can Create Innovative and Sustainable Social Value in Communities the Company Serves" by Dr. Donald Marchand, Professor of Strategy and Information Management, IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and Jim Barrington, Program Director, SMS for Life and former CIO, Novartis (Basel, Switzerland).

The Second Place Winner was a paper entitled, "Meeting the Challenges of Open Source Software: Case Study of Korean E-government Open Source Framework" by Thompson Teo, School of Computing, National University of Singapore and Sojung Lucia Kim, National Information Society Agency.

Congratulations to the 2012 SIM Paper Competition Award Winners. The competition reinforces the importance of research which impacts practice and research which provides valuable insights to inform leaders in information technology. The papers will be published in MIS Quarterly Executive which is available to all SIM members here on the SIM web site.

2012 Paper Competition Winners (L to R): Jim Barrington and Don Marchand with Mary Sumner

2012 Paper Competition Runner Up: Sojung Lucia Kim with Mary Sumner (Not Pictured: Co-Author Thompson Teo)
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