The W. Max Finley Chair for Excellence in Business, Free Enterprise and Capitalism Seminar Series

The W. Max Finley Chair Speaker Series brings world-class academics to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga to share their research and insights with faculty, staff, students and members of the Chattanooga business community.


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Realizing Value From Business Analytics Platforms:

The Effects of Agility of the Resource Allocation Process

Finley Series - Dr. Sharma

Presented by Dr. Rajeev Sharma, Prof. and Assoc. Dean of Strategic Projects, Univ. of Waikato, New Zealand


Dr. Sharma presented the second W. Max Finley Chair for Excellence Seminar Series of the 2017-18 academic year.

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About the Seminar

Organizations often struggle to realize value from their investments in business analytics, perhaps due to an inadequate understanding of the pattern of invesments required to realize value from business analytics. Specifically, we propose that business analytics requires an upfront investment of infrastructure capital to build a mature platform, followed by multiple investments of innovation capital to create value through competitive actions informed by analytics-enabled insights. Drawing on dynamic capabilities and digital options literature, we develop a model in which the effect of investments in maturity of the business analytics platform on organizational value is moderated by the agility of the process allocating resources for innovation, and by the efforts expended by line managers to search for insights. Implications for organizations relying on innovation to improve performance will be discussed.


Rajeev SharmaAbout the Speaker

Dr. Rajeev Sharma is a Professor and Associate Dean of Strategic Projects at the Waikato Management School at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He has published extensively in top research journals in the areas of IT management, project management and business analytics. He currently serves or has served on the Editorial Boards of top international journals, including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Information Technology, and Journal of Strategic Information Systems. Rajeev has held faculty positions at the University of New South Wales, University of Oklahoma, University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, and University of Technology Sydney. He is an alumnus of the University of Delhi, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales.



Finley Series 2017

Readmission Analytics:

Care Transformation Through Innovation and Analytics

Presented by Mohan Tanniru, Ph.D., Prof of MIS, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Dr. Mohan Tanniru presented the first W. Max Finley Chair for Excellence Seminar Series of the 2017-18 academic year.

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About the Seminar

Health care providers face multiple challenges such as improving patient satisfaction, operating with reduced reimbursements, and reducing frequent readmissions. Care providers who address these challenges independently often miss opportunities to look at patient care holistically. Influenced by clinical environment within the hospital and social environment of patients outside the hospital, care coordination requires collaboration across several care coordinators and use of IT/analytics. By viewing the system of patient care through the readmission lens and applying some of the templates discussed under Systematic Inventive Thinking: SIT (Inside the Box), this presentation looks at several innovative approaches used to address patient care both inside and outside the hospital walls. A number of case studies are used to highlight the role of information technology and analytics.

Mohan TanniruAbout the Speaker

Dr. Mohan Tanniru is the Professor of MIS in the DIS Department of the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, and a senior investigator at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. He has published extensively in areas related to knowledge base/expert and decision systems, process modeling, health care operation and leadership as well as patient engagement and satisfaction. His work appeared in journals such as ISR, MIS Quarterly, Decision Sciences, DSS, JMIS, IEEE Transactions in Eng. Management, CACM, health care management and administration, and health care policy and technology. He coordinated numerous student and research projects with companies and health care organizations.



Designing Citizen-Centric Services: The Case for Values in Smart Cities

Presented by Dr. Sandeep Purao, Trustee Professor, Bentley University

Dr. Purao's work is aimed at effective design of citizen-centric services in smart cities. It addresses a significant problem: the gap between expectations of the city as collective of millions and the experience of the citizen as an individual. Public administration scholars have recognized and attempted to tackle the problem across multiple generations of research. "We apply concepts from software engineering, management, and social sciences to re-conceptualize the problem as appropriate design of citizen-centric services.

Smart Cities Seminar featuring Dr. Sandeep PuraoOur work responds to the challenges and opportunities outlined in Whitehouse memos about Smart Cities: 'with nearly two-thirds of Americans living in urban settings, many of our fundamental challenges … will require our cities to be laboratories for innovation' (2016); however, 'every community is different … communities that are making the most progress … don't look for a single silver bullet; instead they bring together local government and nonprofits and businesses … around a shared goal' (2015).

"The context of our work is the design of health-related services for the elderly community in the City of Waltham in Greater Boston, leveraging partnerships with the Council on Aging, and the City and State Government officials."

The presentation described the work so far, including the development of a meta-model and a method for the design of citizen-centric services, along with preliminary results for extracting values from the elderly – as was followed by a discussion of values and their interplay with design decisions for citizen-centric services.

Dr. Sandeep PuraoDr. Sandeep Purao is Trustee Professor in the Information and Process Management Group at Bentley University. His research focuses on the design of complex techno-organizational systems, and the sciences of design. His work has been published in journals such as MISQ, ISR, ACM Computing Surveys, Communications of the ACM, multiple IEEE Transactions, CSCW, and JAMIA. He serves/has served on editorial boards of MISQ, ISR and JAIS. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, Industry Consortia, private Foundations and private industry. He holds a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of AIS, ACM and IEEE.