News and announcements from the MIS Division.

UBC Sauder prof cited over 40,000 times in academia

March 24, 2016

Research by Professor Izak Benbasat has now been cited more than 40,000 times in academic literature, according to Google Scholar, putting him among UBC’s most highly cited professors.

Benbasat, the Sauder Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, has conducted extensive research into human-computer interactions, and the ongoing relationships consumers and professionals forge with technologies.

He is part of UBC Sauder’s Management Information Systems (MIS) division, which ranks fourth in the world for publications in the two premier journals of the field from 2004 to 2014, according to the IS Rankings. Benbasat ranked first in the world individually over the same period.

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What’s Next: Hasan Cavusoglu on the “Internet of Things” and the high stakes of digital security

March 20, 2016

To celebrate the University of British Columbia’s centenary, we asked UBC Sauder professors to tell us about imminent changes in business that will transform our daily lives. From the green economy to internet security we asked them, “What’s next?”


Hasan Cavusoglu, associate professor of management information systems at UBC Sauder School of Business, and expert on information security and privacy.

 Hasan Cavusoglu

What's Now:

As the popularity of mobile apps and social media sites spread, consumers have become increasingly accustomed to sharing their private information online, says Cavusoglu — either because they are unaware of the potential ramifications, or because they choose to ignore them.

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Prof. Cenfetelli comments on 'digital debris' used in Ghomeshi trial

February 12, 2016

In the Toronto Star, Associate Professor Ron Cenfetelli discussed the recent unearthing of 13-year-old emails in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trials.

The emails are a type of evidence called "digital debris," something of growing importance in criminal trials, as the Ghomeshi case exhibits. Cenfetelli, UBC Sauder's chair in management information systems, told the Star that many corporations hold onto email back-up data for years.

“You can create a million perfect copies of an email that would be pretty cumbersome to do with a piece of paper,” said Cenfetelli. “With emails, there can be ghosts or shadows that sort of reverberate out there.”

Cenfetelli also pointed out that most email clients require a manual delete from the "trash" folder, but even if done properly there’s nothing to stop a recipient from forwarding an email to anyone.

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Envy key motivator behind many Facebook posts, and hurts mental well-being

November 26, 2015


A new study by Sauder School of Business Professor Izak Benbasat and his collaborators shows that envy is a key motivator behind Facebook posts and that contributes to a decrease in mental well-being among users.

Creating a vicious cycle of jealousy and self-aggrandizement, the researchers say Facebook leads users to feel their lives are unfulfilling by comparison, and react by creating posts that portray their best selves.

“Social media participation has been linked to depression, anxiety and narcissistic behaviour, but the reasons haven’t been well-explained,” said Benbasat, Sauder’s Distinguished Professor of Information Systems. “We found envy to be the missing link.”


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Information privacy at threat by Bill C-51

March 25, 2015

Bill C-51, known as the anti-terrorism bill, has drawn criticism for provisions that many feel are excessive and open for abuse. One of these provisions allows government agencies to share information about Canadians for reasons of national security. Associate Professor Hasan Cavusoglu of Sauder’s Management Information Systems Division, weighs in on the privacy risks this presents for Canadians.


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Crowdsourcing and chaos: how social media can save the day

January 25, 2015

Discussion forum posts

When a powerful earthquake devastated China’s Sichuan province in 2008, the disaster was too catastrophic for authorities to stay on top of events as they unfolded.

But a new study from Sauder shows that a top down approach might not have been the best way to deal with the massive emergency anyway.

Students at a university in Chengdu didn’t need the school’s administration to tell them what to do – they organized themselves, showing the power of social media for crisis control.

Sauder Assistant Professor Ning Nan investigated the conversations on an online student discussion forum, and found a striking example of self-organization, as the students rallied together at a frightening and confusing time to offer one another support, valuable information, and calls to action.


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Local CIOs bringing their experience to the classroom

January 22, 2015

Sauder Business Technology Management (BTM) recently launched the inaugural section of a new undergraduate course: CIO Strategies (COMM 486N). Led by Professor Carson Woo, this course will educate students as to how information technology (IT) can support and enable organizational objectives. A prominent feature of the course is the involvement of 10 CIO’s and other IT executives from firms throughout British Columbia. Students will learn directly from individuals who are recognized leaders in business technology. The specific learning objectives of the course include the acquisition, development, and implementation of plans and policies to achieve efficient and effective IT within an organization. This includes managing IT talent and IT vendors. However, the broader learning objective is that technology management is a unique blend of complex, ever-changing technology, always complex humans, and often erratic business processes.

The Sauder BTM Advisory Board serves as the primary source for the technology leaders involved in the course. The members of the board include Joel Levinson (Executive Chair of the Board and CIO Maximus Canada), Blake Hanna (Sauder Adjunct Professor and Former Managing Partner, Accenture), Ian Banks (CIO, Metrie), Peter Guo (Partner, Enterprise Risk Services Leader, MNP), Sheila Eddin, (Board Director at BC Assessment & member of Advisory Board at Guidewire Solutions, Former VP - Business Transformation, ICBC), Barry Rivelis (CIO, PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Healthcare), Kal Ruberg (CIO, Teck), and Carlos Carreiro (Senior VP and CIO, TELUS).

Built around an innovative BTM textbook, students further learn from weekly assignments and a concluding case project. The course provides an important capstone to the Sauder BTM curriculum and fully preparing students for BTM careers upon graduation.

Sauder professor recognized as leader in ER and conceptual modeling research

October 31, 2014

Yair Wand

Sauder Professor Yair Wand has been given an ER Fellows Award, a prestigious title recognizing world-leading researchers in the field of ER and conceptual modeling.

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The Second Annual Research Symposium on Complexity & IT

is scheduled to be held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, July 25-26, 2014

July 7, 2014

For further details, please visit the event page here.

U.S. net neutrality ruling may create two-tier Internet

May 14, 2014

In a Q&A, Associate Professor Ron Cenfetelli explains the issue of net neutrality and why consumers in the U.S. and Canada should be paying attention to an upcoming decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. 

On May 15, the FCC is expected to vote on proposed regulations that could challenge the long-held principle of ‘net neutrality,’ which posits that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all Internet traffic equally. Proposed regulations could create a two-tiered system where large companies like Netflix could offer consumers faster-streaming content than their smaller competitors.

“An increasing absence of net neutrality would lead to the privatization of the Internet. A key aspect of the Internet’s design is that no one party “owns” the Net,” Prof. Cenfetelli says. “With the addition of fees based upon content, Internet service providers will be more gatekeeper than provider.”

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Sauder students won first place in the CaseIT MIS Case Competition

February 19, 2014

A hearty congratulations go out to Sauder students Graeme Nixon, Enzo Woo, their faculty coach William Tan and Zane King (photo - from left) for taking First Place in the CaseIT MIS Case Competition. The Sauder team outperformed 15 teams fielded from top business schools throughout the world, including NUS, Ivey-Western, and Minnesota. The competition challenges students to make effective and strategic uses of IT within real-world business scenarios. This year’s theme was, “Big Data: Mining Decisions.”

Sauder news - CaseIT 2014

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MIS Division celebrated at leading international conference

January 20, 2014

Sauder's Management Information Systems (MIS) Division was in the spotlight at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Milan in December.

At the event, the Best Research-in-Progress Award went to Associate Professor Hasan Cavusoglu. Professor Izak Benbasat was applauded as the most published author in the field’s premier journal MIS Quarterly. And, Associate Professor Ron Cenfetelli picked up an award for his work with MIS Quarterly, named Outstanding Associate Editor of 2013 from among 37 editors on the board.

Sauder news - ICIS2013

“The significance of these achievements speaks to the research reputation of the MIS Division relative to peer groups throughout the world,” says Cenfetelli, who chairs the division.

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Sauder Researchers attempt to define design

January 6, 2014

Fast Company's design section, Co.DESIGN, covers Professor a quest by Professor Yair Wand and Paul Ralph (former PhD candidate at Sauder, now a faculty member at the Management School of Lancaster University, the UK) to define "the design concept." The feature highlights the research paper, "A Proposal for a Formal Definition of the Design Concept," cowritten by Ralph and Wand, which aims to give a scientific definition of design. "Designers in many disciplines, especially software development, suffer from common misconceptions about the nature of their work, and exploring the meaning of design can help," says Ralph.

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Yair Wand, CANFOR Professor in MIS.  

Sauder students take home first APEX case competition win

January 3, 2014

A team of Sauder students recently won the prestigious APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge 2013 in Singapore, becoming the first Sauder team ever to win the esteemed competition.

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The Sauder team, JEP Innovators, consisting of Business and Computer Science major Peter Cheung, BCom students Jimmy Lin and Enzo Woo, and led by MIS lecturer William Tan.

Telus Excellence in IT Award 

October 7, 2013

Congratulations to the following students who have earned a Telus Excellence in IT award. Awards totalling $20,000 are offered by TELUS Corporation to undergraduate students enrolled in the Business Technology Management or Business Computer Science options of the Bachelor of Commerce Program at the Sauder School of Business. These awards are made on the recommendation of the Sauder School of Business to students in good academic standing who have demonstrated academic excellence or leadership relating to the BTM or BUCS program.

Telus award recipients 2013
From left: Vitor Cid, Gary Leung, Ryan Booth, Ron Cenfetelli, Carlos Carreiro, Senior VP & CIO - Telus (absence: Tim Cheung, Ryanna Yang).  This picture was taken at the MIS Meet and Greet event on September 30, 2013.

MIS Team places 2nd in Inter-Collegiate Business Competition

MIS Division Inter-Collegiate competition

This picture was taken on Jan 5th, 2013 at Queen's University in Kingston ON, Canada. Queen's is the host of the annual Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) in which the MIS Team placed 2nd this year. The ICBC is Canada's oldest business case competition (35th year). Peter (R) and Ryan (L) were the students who took part.

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