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  1. Strategic Role for IS Departments in Business Schools Or… how to avoid being downsized in the 21st century Blaize Horner Reich, SFU, Canada

  2. What’s the Problem? • Declining enrolments leading to • Loss of status for IS unit • Loss of control over courses and curriculum • Need to teach other disciplinary courses • Tenure denials, shrinking units, merged units, elimination of IS unit. • Externally • Students not ready for a tech-heavy world • Business innovation and competitiveness declines

  3. Solutions SFU has tried • Innovating in curriculum • Early courses in emerging topics – BPR, Internet, computer based decision making • Innovating with technology • E.g. deep IS website from 1997 – first in Faculty • Using Web 2.0 tools to advertise • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UhR0tGbsPo • Speaking to students with their own media

  4. Solutions partially implemented • Partnering with other disciplines • Creating multi-disciplinary pgms to become integral • e.g. web marketing, IS audit, social networking with HR • Partnering with external agencies • To give students external credentials • e.g. PMI, IIBA, SAP, CIOsetc • Supporting U-level IT initiatives • Steering committees for IT implementation and strategy

  5. What’s Wrong? • Acting like “techies” • Didn’t mentor, promote… just did • Not stepping up to the tough jobs • CIO in the Faculty, leadership at the U level • Lacking leadership in the community • “think tanks” on IT, innovation We aren’t prepared or willing to act politically

  6. What’s Possible? • CTO role in the faculty • Helping make IT strategic for the faculty, University • Chief Innovator role • The “go to” people to develop new courses, programs • Wide view of IT • As project, process leaders as well as IS • Deep connection with CIO, PMO, BPO units