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Invitation to Participate in the SIM Academic Workshop at SIM Connect LIVE



January 2, 2018 
Re: Invitation to Participate in the SIM Academic Workshop at SIM Connect LIVE 
You are invited to participate in the SIM Academic Workshop at SIM Connect LIVE in Dallas, Texas on April 11 – 13, 2018. SIM Connect LIVE is the national meeting of SIM, the Society for Information Management. As you know, SIM is the leading professional organization at the national level where IT leaders meet. There are 40 SIM Chapters, over 5,500 SIM members, and SIM Special Interest Groups in Enterprise Architecture, STEM, Procurement, Cyber-Security, and the Academic Community. You can learn about SIM leadership and SIM initiatives at 
The goals of this SIM Academic + Practitioner Workshop at SIM Connect LIVE are: 
  • Unite practitioners and researchers in leading the debate on the future of digital work,
  • Share cutting-edge research that impacts future digital practice, while gaining feedback from practitioners to guide new research directions and opportunities.
  • Provide opportunities to engage IT industry leaders and academic professionals in ongoing dialogue to bridge the future skills gap.
  • Generate practice-focused idea paper(s) that document workshop debates and directions in order to support organizational and academic action related to future of digital work. 
Establishing a partnership between academic professionals and IT industry practitioners strengthens the visibility, quality, relevance and effectiveness of academic thought leadership. The SIM Academic Workshop program at SIM Connect LIVE will consist of these elements: 
1. Looking Back – Acting Forward: Presentations by leading researchers, with discussants from the 
SIM IT leadership community. 
2. “The Future Skills Debate:” Academic leaders and IT industry leaders look to the future. 
3. “Optimizing the Digital Workforce:” Presentations and dialogue on emerging research. 
4. Integrated Practitioner-Academic Dialogue Table Topics: Bridging the gap between IT 
Workforce needs and Academic Programs. 
We are also writing to invite you to participate in the Integrated Practitioner-Academic Dialogue Table Topics: Bridging the Gap between IT Workforce Needs and Academic Programs. We believe that this open dialogue among academic professionals and IT industry leaders will be one of the most important opportunities at SIM Connect Live. Specifically, we invite you to volunteer to participate and to contribute to one of the Table Topics: 
Table Topics: 
  1. Big Data
  2. Cyber-Security
  3. IT Infrastructure
  4. Mobility
  5. Enterprise Architecture
  6. Digital Leadership
  7. Project Management
  8. Key IT Workforce Skills and Knowledge Challenges 
Please contact us to let us know what topic you are interested in. You can contact Mary Sumner at, Keri Perlson at; or Rashmi Jain at by Friday, February 16 or as soon as possible so that we can include you in the program. 
This year, you have an opportunity to register for SIM Connect LIVE at a significantly discounted academic registration rate. You can register at and select the Academic Institution registration option to obtain this special registration rate. 
We believe that an academic leadership contribution within the premier meeting of IT leaders in this country will provide opportunities to bridge the gap between academic professionals and industry leaders and can lead to ongoing dialogues supporting the quality and effectiveness of teaching, research, and professional service, along with opportunities for our students. Congratulations on becoming a part of this new opportunity to bridge the gap between academic leadership and practitioner leadership. 
Please contact me at or Mary Sumner at if you have any further questions. 
Best regards, 
Steve Hufford, SIM Chief Executive 
Mary Sumner, SIM Academic Liaison 
Keri Perlson, Director, Center for CyberSecurity Research, MIT 
Rashmi Jain, Chair, Department of MIS, Montclair State 
Michelle Kaarst-Brown, Fred Niederman, Jeria Quesenberry, Tim Weitzel, MISQE 2018 Special Issue Editors 
Dorothy Leidner, MISQE Editor-in-Chief 
Cc Vanessa Smith, SIMI


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