School of Business and Economics


17 Jun 2015

Mid-career workshop series begins for IS/IM academics

Photo of some of the June 2015 Mid-Career workshop attendees Dr Crispin Coombs (front right) with workshop attendees

A new series of mid-career workshops for IS/IM academics was launched with the first workshop earlier this month.  Organised by the Centre for Information Management, the keynote speaker was AIS LEO award winner and senior scholar Professor Robert Galliers from Bentley University, USA.

The first in the series, this session focussed on how to get published in a top journal. Professor Galliers charted the journey from submission to publication of a paper in the esteemed 4* journal MIS Quarterly, enabling participants to discuss in depth the experiences of the author team, strategies to respond to reviewer comments and key techniques to improve the chances of 4* publication success.  The session also enabled to participants to reflect on their own experiences and consider personal tactics they could employ.

The session was organised by Dr Crispin Coombs, Deputy Director of CIM:

We had an extremely productive day. We were delighted to have participants from a wide range of universities including Warwick, Brunel, LSE, Royal Holloway, Newcastle, Manchester and Oxford Brookes, to share their experiences. We deliberately wanted to embrace participant views, and having a relatively small group was crucial to achieving that.

Dr Coombs added, “Mid-career faculty often seem to be overlooked for development workshops, so we hope that this series will start to fill this gap while also fostering a stronger network and community.”

The second workshop in the series will be held later this year in October with Professor Michael Myers from University of Auckland Business School leading a session on qualitative research methods.

Academics interested in attending the workshop should contact Dr Coombs on

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