Baylor Unveils Its First PhD Program in the Business School: Information SystemsFeb. 11, 2008
Baylor University's Board of Regents approved a new doctoral degree program in information systems, the first Ph.D. program to be offered at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.
"Our faculty, staff and students embraced the idea of strategic planning and put forward many good ideas that will strengthen the university," said Baylor President John M. Lilley. "These new Ph.D. programs will build on the research strengths of the faculty in these academic areas. They are examples of our efforts to put interdisciplinary clusters of faculty together to create innovative programs that will allow Baylor to assume a leadership position in some exciting new areas of study."
"Information systems is an area that continues to grow rapidly, both in complexity and in importance, effecting every facet of modern society," said Terry Maness, dean of the Hankamer School of Business. "The importance of information systems underscores the need for individuals who understand its role, envision its potential and can direct its future development."
The U.S. Department of Labor provided forecasts of the highest growing jobs in the U.S. from 2006 to 2014. Among these, five of the top ten are IS related.
"There is already a strong research infrastructure in the Information Systems Department at Hankamer," said Dr. Tim Kayworth, chair of the department. "We have a solid researching faculty with a passion for scholarly excellence."
The School already has an internationally renowned faculty, including Dr. Dorothy Leidner, who will direct the new Ph.D. program. Leidner is The Randall W. and Sandra Ferguson Professor of Information Systems and director of the Center for Knowledge Management. Her research has been published in a variety of journals, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Information Systems, and Decision Sciences. Leidner has received best paper awards in 1993 from the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, in 1995 from MIS Quarterly, and in 1999 from the Academy of Management. She is currently serving as senior editor for MIS Quarterly, associate editor for Decision Sciences, and associate editor Decision Support Systems. She is also on the board of MIS Quarterly Executive.
The program will be offered starting in Fall 2009.