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 Congratulations to the SIM 2014 Paper Competition Winners! 


SIM would like to formally recognize the winners of the 2014 SIM Academic Paper Competition. The first place winners are Brian Janz, The University of Memphis, Tim Meek, CIO, Buckman, Ernest Nichols, The University of Memphis and John Oglesby, Director, Corporate Systems and IT Governance, Buckman, for their paper, "Re-Visioning IT for Value: The Value Stream Initiative at Buckman." 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 winning paper was presented at SIMposium 2014 in November in Denver. View the press release here.

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SIM 2015 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 2015 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 2015 in Charlotte, NC 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 22

All abstracts should be submitted electronically to SIM Director of Academic Affairs, Mary Sumner ( and to Paper Competition Coordinator, Sasha Radulski (  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 21st

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 2015 Paper Competition winners will be announced in late August.

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