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MWAIS 2016 Conference

May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

May 19-20, 2016
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Bigger, Smarter, Safer: Game Changers for Information Systems

Organizations face a convergence of game changing technologies: big data, ubiquitous sensors and actuators combined with advanced analytics result in algorithms that can model, adapt, predict and act autonomously in a connected world. Such algorithms can approve loans, replenish inventory, trade stocks, control traffic flow, detect anomaly-based intrusions, drive cars, monitor health and administer drugs, manage energy consumption, predict crime hot spots, write news articles, and make recruitment and retrenchment decisions. The increasingly powerful role of algorithms driven by big data in both industry and government also leads to questions about security, privacy, surveillance and algorithmic accountability, among others.

This conference will explore how organizations can – and do – learn, adapt and innovate to respond more effectively, efficiently, rapidly and responsibly to changing circumstances using bigger data, smarter analytics and safer security.

The Midwest United States Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) is a Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) serving Midwest US members of AIS. The states served by this Chapter include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The goal of the Chapter is to promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, and knowledge among scholars and professionals in the Midwest US engaged in the development, management, and use of information and communications systems and technology.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the School of Information Studies are proud to be the host of the 11th Annual MWAIS conference!



Do you want to promote Milwaukee as an attractive employment destination for IT graduates from across the Midwest?

Do you want to network with faculty at universities from across the Midwest to influence curricula and explore joint research opportunities?

Sponsorship Details

Different sponsorship packages are available:

Terabyte Sponsors

Terabyte sponsors will receive the following in appreciation for a $2,500 contribution:

  • The lunch/dinner and reception will be named for the sponsors.
  • Sponsors will be featured on the cover of the Conference Program.
  • A one-page advertisement within the Conference Program.
  • Sponsors will be acknowledged and highlighted on the MWAIS 2016 Conference web site.
  • Sponsors will be featured in the semi-annual newsletter.
  • One complimentary conference registration (~$195 value).

Gigabyte Sponsors

Gigabyte sponsors will receive the following benefits in appreciation for a $1,000 contribution:

  • Sponsors will be featured on the cover of the Conference Program.
  • A one-page advertisement within the Conference Program.
  • Sponsors will be acknowledged and highlighted on the MWAIS 2016 Conference web site.
  • Sponsors will be featured in the semi-annual newsletter.
  • One complimentary conference registration (~$195 value).

Megabyte Sponsors

Megabyte sponsors will receive the following benefits in appreciation for a $500 contribution:

  • Sponsors will be featured in the Conference Program.
  • A half page advertisement within the Conference Program.
  • Sponsors will be acknowledged and highlighted on the MWAIS 2016 Conference web site.
  • Sponsors will be featured in the semi-annual newsletter.
  • One complimentary conference registration (~$195 value).

Kilobyte Sponsors

Kilobyte sponsors will receive the following benefits in appreciation for a $500 contribution:

  • Sponsors will be featured in the Conference Program.
  • Sponsors will be acknowledged on the MWAIS 2016 Conference web site.
  • Sponsors will be featured in the semi-annual newsletter.

Would you like to contribute?

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the conference please contact the Conference Chair, Dr. Shana Ponelis, or the Sponsorship Co-chairs, Richard Kessler or Julie Walker to express your interest.



Keynote speakers

chachi_galloChaChi Gallo

Director of Cloud Hosting Services
Symmetry Corporation

Joey F. George

Professor of Information Systems & DeVries Endowed Chair in Business
College of Business, Iowa State University

Ryan Wright

Associate Professor Operations & Information Management
University of Massachusetts Amherst



Industry Panel

Moderator: Jacques du Plessis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

chachi_galloChaChi Gallo

Director of Cloud Hosting Services
Symmetry Corporation

Henk Joubert

Business Architecture Practice Lead
Northwestern Mutual

Greg Meier

Managing Director
Global Entrepreneurship Collective

Michael Seifert

Vice President Enterprise Risk and Resilience

Stephanie Sikinger

Crime Analyst, Intelligence Fusion Center
Milwaukee Police Department



Dean’s Panel: The special role of public business schools in local and regional economic development

Moderator: Rassule Hadidi, University of Springfield at illinois

John Chenoweth

Dean, College of Business & Economics
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Bob Clary

Manager – Web Infrastructure, Systems
State Farm

Amy B. Hietapelto

Dean, Labovitz School of Business & Economics
University of Minnesota Duluth

Ronald McNeil

Dean, College of Business & Management
PNC Distinguished Professor
University of Illinois at Springfield



Academic Panel: Privacy, technology and surveillance in the digital age: the Big Brother scenario

Moderator: Shana Ponelis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mari Buche

Michigan Technology University

Joey F. George

Professor of Information Systems & DeVries Endowed Chair in Business
College of Business, Iowa State University

Deepak Khazanchi

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Daniel Power

University of Northern Iowa

Michael Zimmer

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Call for Papers


The 11th Annual Midwest Association for Information Systems Conference will accept current topics on pedagogy, research and service in IS and/or IT. The conference will provide an intimate environment to facilitate the sharing of ideas and findings.

MWAIS 2016 seeks to expand the information frontiers of IS and we invite submissions reflecting a plurality of perspectives on the field of IS. Submissions of an interdisciplinary nature are especially encouraged.

We will have several presentation sessions, workshops, invited keynote speakers, panel sessions, doctoral and undergraduate student sessions. There will be speakers from academia, industry and government from across the Midwest region and beyond.

We are interested in a variety of topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting information systems
  • Adoption and diffusion of IT
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business intelligence, analytics, big data and data science
  • Business continuity
  • Business/IT alignment
  • Business process
  • Computer/information ethics
  • Community, development and social informatics
  • Database management technologies
  • Data curation and preservation
  • Data warehousing
  • Decision support systems
  • Design science
  • eBusiness and eCommerce
  • eGovernment
  • Economics of IS/IT
  • Employability of IS/IT graduates
  • Enterprise architecture
  • IS education, curriculum and teaching cases
  • Enterprise systems
  • Frugal innovation
  • Global IS/IT / Outsourcing
  • Green computing and sustainability
  • History of IS/IT
  • Healthcare informatics
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Information needs, seeking behavior and use
  • Information organization and retrieval
  • Information policy
  • Information security, assurance and privacy
  • Interaction design
  • IS philosophy
  • IT service management
  • Knowledge management
  • Legal aspects of IS/IT
  • Open innovation
  • Project management
  • Research methods in IS/IT
  • Social computing
  • Socio-technical issues and digital inclusion
  • Strategic IS/IT management
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Virtual communities and collaboration
  • Web and mobile development
  • Any other IT/IS related topic, especially those related to the conference theme

Completed research and research in progress papers as well as panel, workshop and tutorials proposals are invited from all regions, and from both academia and practice. All submitted papers and proposals will undergo a double-blind peer review.

The proceedings will be available through the Association for Information Systems Electronic Library (AISeL). At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference no later than April 15, 2016 in order for the paper to be included in the program and conference proceedings.

Best paper awards: The MWAIS 2015 program committee will nominate three papers for best paper awards, sponsored by the MWAIS. The three best papers will be recognized at the conference. The first best paper award is $300, second best paper award is $200, third best paper award is $100. The awards are given to the authors upon the final acceptance of their work by the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (JMWAIS).

Student support: MWAIS will waive the registration fee for students whose papers are accepted and who will be presenting at the conference (one student per paper).

Important dates

Submissions open: January 4, 2016

Submission deadline for full-length papers, research-in-progress, panels, workshops and tutorial proposals: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM CST

Notification of acceptance: Around Friday, April 8, 2016

Author registration deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016

Camera Ready Copy deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:59 PM CDT

Submission guidelines

All submissions should be submitted electronically in MS Word at EasyChair.org.
Click here for a downloadable paper template.

Download this call as a PDF.


Want to help?

If you are willing to serve as a reviewer or session chair or would like additional information about the program, please contact the program chairs, Gaurav Bansal (bansalg@uwgb.edu), or program co-chair, Jeff Merhout (merhoujw@miamioh.edu). For additional information about the conference please contact conference chair Shana Ponelis (ponelis@uwm.edu).



University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The 11th Annual Midwest Association for Information Systems Conference (MWAIS 2016) is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies and will be held in the Student Union building on the campus on May 19-20, 2016.

Download a campus map in color, black and white or visit the interactive campus map.

UW-Milwaukee Campus

About Milwaukee

Milwaukee is the largest city in the state of Wisconsin and the 30th largest city (by population) in the United States. Located approximately 90 miles north of Chicago, on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers a diverse and lively cultural scene. This Midwestern city offers arts and entertainment, coupled with an exciting variety of shopping choices and eclectic dining at all price levels. Milwaukee’s big-city advantages are enhanced by a friendly, small-town spirit, and old-world charm. See more at Visit Milwaukee.

About University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)

Situated in the cultural, commercial, and educational hub of the state, in a pleasant residential neighborhood overlooking Lake Michigan, UWM is a research university committed to academic excellence. It is one of the two doctoral degree-granting institutions in the multi-campus University of Wisconsin system, and has enrollment of over 29,000 students.

About the School of Information Studies (SOIS)

UWM’s School of Information Studies joined the iSchools organization, a worldwide collective of Information Schools that are dedicated to advancing the information field and interested in the connections between information, technology and society, in early 2012. iSchools promote interdisciplinary approaches to harnessing the power of information and technology. Degree programs at iSchools include course offerings in areas such as information architecture, design, and policy; user experience design, and usability; preservation and conservation; librarianship and library administration; the sociology of information; and human-computer interaction and computer science.

SOIS has a large, diverse, international faculty and interdisciplinary initiatives with numerous institutions in the United States and abroad. SOIS hosts three internal research groups:

  • Information Organization Research Group
  • The Research Group for Information Retrieval
  • The Social Studies of Information Research Group

Social Event


The social event will take place at the Glendale location of Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub.



Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront, a comfortable 3-star hotel mid-rise hotel situated in a wooded area on banks of Milwaukee River. The hotel is conveniently located:

The hotel offers a free shuttle service to local attractions and shopping within a three-mile radius.

A group rate of $109 per night per room has been negotiated. The rate includes parking and wi-fi but excludes local sales and occupancy taxes. The rate is valid for check-in on Tuesday, May 17, and departure on Saturday, May 21. A block of 35 rooms has been reserved for the conference. Any rooms not booked by May 4, 2016 will be released and reservations will be taken on a space available basis.

Click here to make your reservation.

Holiday Inn Milwaukee RiverfrontHoliday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront Lobby

Finding food

The on-site restaurant, the Anchorage, features upscale seafood dishes and drinks with views of the Milwaukee River views. Solly’s Grille is located 0.2 miles (3 minutes’ walk) south on N. Port Washington Road.

Bayshore Town Center offers several dining options: California Pizza Kitchen, Five Guys Burgers, Big Daddy’s Brew & ‘Que, Bar Louie, Cheesecake Factory, Denon, Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub (not the social event venue!), Buffalo Wild Wings, and Applebee’s as well as a Trader Joe’s for grocery shopping.

The Anchorage



Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Discovery World
Eisner Museum of Advertising
Harley-Davidson Museum
Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Public Museum

Landmarks and historical buildings

The Pfister Hotel where the Blu bar on the 23rd floor offers panoramic views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan

Dining and nightlife

The Pabst | The Riverside | Turner Hall for live music



General Mitchell Airport

Transportation options from the airport to the hotel

The closest airport to the UWM campus is the General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). There are several options for group transportation from the airport to the conference hotel:

  • Taxi: A taxi ride from the General Mitchell Airport to the hotel will cost approximately $50 depending on traffic and the route taken.
  • Shuttle: GO Riteway offers fast and reliable service from Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport to all downtown hotels and is less expensive than regular taxi fares.
  • Rent a car: There are several car rental firms located at the General Mitchell International airport.
UW-Milwaukee Union

Transport to campus

Transport to the UWM campus will be provided before and after the daily program. Public transport is available from the UWM campus to the hotel during the day.

Transport to social event

Transport to the social event will be provided from the conference hotel.

Parking on campus

If you plan to drive to Milwaukee or rent a car parking is available in the parking structure underneath the UWM Student Union located at 2200 E Kenwood Blvd that is entered on the north side of Kenwood Boulevard on a first-come-first-served basis. This is a cashiered parking structure, meaning that you pay as you exit for the time you are parked. Accepted forms of payment are cash, MasterCard or Visa.

Download a campus map in color, black and white or visit the interactive campus map.



Register here!

Registration Fees

Early bird
(until April 15)
(April 15-May 16)
(May 19-20)
Academic* $195.00 $245.00 $295.00
Student* $145.00 $195.00 $245.00
Corporate $195.00 $245.00 $295.00

*Membership of the AIS is required for academics and students to register. To see the benefits of being an AIS member and to join, visit the AIS homepage.

For questions about this conference please contact Dennis Acuna at dcacuna@pluto.dsu.edu or Aretha Wright at AIS at aretha@aisnet.org or (404) 413-7445.

Cancellation Policy

By submitting a final camera ready copy of their paper, authors are confirming their attendance at the conference and are ineligible for a refund. Requests for refund or cancellation for all other participants must be in writing via email, fax or mail and are subject to the following schedule: Received by April 15, full refund less $25 administrative fee; received after April 15, full refund less $50 administrative fee; received by the AIS office on May 1, or later are ineligible for a refund. Substitutions are permitted.

Photo Release


By registering for the Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) conference you authorize the organizers to take photos during the conference and social event to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) in Milwaukee from May 19-20, 2016 without expectation of compensation. You further authorize MWAIS and UWM to use such photographs for educational, promotional, advertising, and other purposes in its printed publications, during presentations, on websites, social media and otherwise where connected to MWAIS or UWM for distribution internally and externally anywhere in the world. You further waive any claims against MWAIS, UWM and/or its employees and/or agents based upon or related to its use or publication of your likeness, participation, and/or picture. If you do not agree to the foregoing, you may decline your consent only by contacting Laura Meyer in writing at lauram@uwm.edu prior to commencement of the conference.



Conference program

Download the conference program booklet.

Download just the conference schedule.


Download a draft table of contents of the proceedings. Proceedings are available at http://aisel.aisnet.org/mwais2016/

List of accepted papers

Human-computer interaction

Human Computer Interaction using eye-tracking data, Sukwon Lee
Investigating The Three-Click Rule: A Pilot Study, Thomas Porter and Robert Miller

Impact and use of IS in organizations

IT and Organizational Agility: A Review of Major Findings, Jennifer Heckler and Anne Powell
The Impact of Mobile Technology on Small Service Businesses, Jakob Iversen and Michael Eierman
A Comparative Study of Ensemble-based Forecasting Models for Stock Index Prediction, Dhanya Jothimani, Ravi Shankar and Surendra S. Yadav.
Environmental Management Information Systems: A Conceptual Overview and Review of Vendors, Jeffrey Merhout, Shu Schiller and Mary Callison

Information Security

Effects of a Comprehensive Computer Security Policy on Computer Security Culture, Dennis Acuna
Moral Beliefs and Organizational Information Security Policy Compliance: The Role of Gender, Gaurav Bansal, Kayla Hodorff and Kyle Marshall
Social Engineering Awareness in Business and Academia, Deanna Hauser
Beyond the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Using the Game Theory Security Model to Develop Robust Information Security Policies, Alan Rea
Motivating Employees to Comply with Information Security Policies, David Sikolia and David Biros
Secure Software Development: A Developer Level Analysis , Nasim Talebi and Emmanuel Ayaburi
The Influence of Outcome-Oriented Security Policy on Security Perceptions and Intentions, Jeffrey Wall and Mari Buche

IS education and training

Socio Cognitive and Affective Processing in the Context of Team-Based Gamified ERP Training: The Reflective and Impulsive Model, Dong-Heon Kwak, Jungwon Kuem, Jiao Wu, Shuyuan Deng and Mark Srite
A Foundational Perspective on Core Competency Requirements for Project Management Initiatives, Todd Little
When Size Does Matter: Identifying Multilevel Factors Contributing to IT Major Choice, Andy Luse, Julie Rursch and Doug Jacobson

IT adoption

Towards an Emancipatory Systems Approach for IT Adoption in Organizations, Osden Jokonya
Job Relevance and IT Usage by Child Welfare Professionals in Wisconsin Counties, Samantha Surowiec and Gaurav Bansal

Research methods in IS

Longitudinal Studies in Information Systems Research: Practices, Findings, and Gaps, Yi Guo and Barbara Klein
The Significance of Mixed Methods Research in Information Systems Research, Osden Jokonya

Social media use

Social media in the information seeking behavior of married Korean immigrant men, Tae Hee Lee
A Typology of Student Social Media Users: A Posting Behavior Perspective, Robert Miller and James Melton*
Benefits and Concerns of Using Social Media – Users’ Perspective, Hongjiang Xu



Conference Committee

Conference Chair:
Shana Ponelis, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Program Chairs:
Gaurav Bansal, Associate Professor, Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Jeff Merhout, Associate Professor, Farmer School of Business, Miami University
AIS Liaison:
Dennis C. Acuña, Dakota State University
Panel Chair:
Jacques du Plessis, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Workshop and Tutorials Chair:
Suyu Lin, Assitant Professor, Information Studies, Chicago State University
Local Arrangements:
Laura Meyer, Business Office, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Claire Schultz, Multimedia Graphics Specialist, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kelce Gold, Business Office Assistant, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Graphic Design and Printing:
Rebecca Hall, Web Development & Marketing Director, SOIS, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Website Development and Administration:
Madeline Jaeger, Student Web Developer, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Richard Kessler, Director of Development, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Julie Walker, Career Services Advisor, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Technical Support:
Jim Schultz, Systems Administrator, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Program Committee

Dennis Acuna, Dakota State University
Paul Ambrose, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Emmanuel Ayaburi, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Alan Brandyberry, Kent State University
Mary Callison, Wright State University
Vallari Chandna, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Craig Claybaugh, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Shuyuan Deng, Dakota State University
Sarah Dineen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Robert Dolinger, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Michael Eierman, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Yi Guo, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Rassule Hadidi, University of Illinois-Springfield
Jennifer Heckler, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Bryan Hosack, Equity Trust Company
Jakob Iversen, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Osden Jokonya, North-West University
Dhanya Jothimani, IIT Delhi
Barbara Klein, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dong-Heon Kwak, Kent State University
TaeHee Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Todd Little, Simpson College
Andy Luse, Oklahoma State University
Robert Miller, Central Michigan University
Thomas Porter, Central Michigan University
Anne Powell, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Sampath Ranganathan, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Alan Rea, Western Michigan University
Prasad Rudramuniyaiah, Indiana University South Bend
Meir Russ, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Shu Schiller, Wright State University
Sooil Shin, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
David Sikolia, Ilinois State University
Samantha Surowiec, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Nasim Talebi, University of Texas at San Antonio
Jeffrey Wall, Michigan Technological University
Hongjiang Xu, Butler University
Wei-Jun Zheng, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 am
May 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm