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PhD & Junior Faculty - The Journey so far in IS Research Field. Carol Hsu Management of Information System, National Chengchi University. Framing the Discussion. Time PhD Junior Faculty Level Department IS Community Unit of Analysis

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Phd junior faculty the journey so far in is research field

PhD & Junior Faculty- The Journey so far in IS Research Field

Carol Hsu

Management of Information System,

National Chengchi University


Framing the discussion

Framing the Discussion

  • Time

    • PhD

    • Junior Faculty

  • Level

    • Department

    • IS Community

  • Unit of Analysis

    • Relationship with Supervisor/Senior Research (IS Field)

    • Relationship with Peers

    • Relationship with Department/IS Community


Phd department level

PhD- Department Level

  • Unit of Analysis- Supervisor

    • One of the most important “mentor” in my research life

    • Aspiration to research, teaching and other aspects

    • Luck, but also require efforts

    • Support and sponsor of attending conferences

  • Unit of Analysis- Peers

    • One of the most important “support” during my PhD life

    • Someone can share the pain and excitement, really knows what it means….

    • Intellectual challenges..

    • Positive competition


Phd department level1

PhD- Department Level

  • Unit of Analysis- Department

    • One of the most important “resources” during my PhD life

    • Financial support

    • Department seminars (internal and visiting faculty)

    • Earn it, use it and appreciate it


Phd is community as whole

PhD- IS Community as whole

  • Unit of Analysis- Senior Researcher

    • Intellectual aspiration

    • Career advisor

    • Co-author opportunities

  • Unit of Analysis- Peers

    • Someone can share the pain and excitement, really knows what it means….outside department

    • Friendship

    • Networking- research and career opportunities


Phd is community as whole1

PhD- IS Community as whole

  • Unit of Analysis- IS Community as whole

    • Institutional Support

    • Know what are important, who are important, why IS

    • International and regional conferences

    • Doctoral consortium

    • Local chapters

    • IS World mailing list


Phd with all these support

PhD- With all these support

  • Completed my PhD within 4 years

  • Learnt how to research and teach

  • Co-author for paper and conferences

  • Attended ICIS Consortium 2000

  • Attended numerous AMCIS, ECIS and ICIS conferences

  • Built up network of IS scholars as friends and mentors

  • Great leverage in job hunting


During my gap years

During My Gap Years…

  • In 2004, decided to take a break and experience the “real world” and “organisation politics”.

  • In 2006, time to return…

  • Academic friends help to keep my publication and connection going while I was working..


Junior faculty department level

Junior Faculty - Department Level

  • Unit of Analysis- Supervisor

    • One of the most important “mentor” in my research life

    • Sharing research ideas

    • Maintaining good relationship

  • Unit of Analysis- Peers

    • Support during the tenure process

    • Intellectual challenges

    • Positive competition


Junior faculty department level1

Junior Faculty- Department Level

  • Unit of Analysis- Department

    • Support and sponsor of attending conferences

    • Negotiation about your teaching and research

    • Intellectual challenges..

    • Positive competition


Junior faculty is community as whole

Junior Faculty- IS Community as whole

  • Unit of Analysis- Senior Researcher

    • Intellectual aspiration

    • Career advisor

    • Co-author opportunities

  • Unit of Analysis- Peers

    • Friendship

    • Networking- research and career opportunities

    • Editorial board


Junior faculty is community as whole1

Junior Faculty- IS Community as whole

  • Unit of Analysis- IS Community as whole

    • Institutional Support

    • Know what are important, who are important, why IS

    • International and regional conferences

    • Junior faculty consortium

    • Local chapters

    • IS World mailing list


Junior faculty with all these support

Junior Faculty- With all these support

  • Good publication/co-author opportunities

  • Teach at good research university

  • Serve as journal and conference reviewers

  • Serve as conference AE, panelists, track chairs

  • Attend ICIS Junior Faculty Consortium

  • Build up a network of IS scholars as friends, mentors and co-authors


Reflection on the journey so far

Reflection on the journey so far…

  • Definitely hasn’t been easy..

  • Be fortunate to build up a network of mentors and friends

  • Make effort and lot of hard work!

  • Utilise the resources

  • Never stop your research spirit!

  • Enjoy it and not let it run your life…

  • Still have plenty to learn, long way to go….


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