Every day, we encounter technology that would have been inconceivable to most consumers twenty years ago. Consider your cell phone, for example. Most of us have smart phones, and therefore, have the Internet, email access and a high-quality camera in the palm of our hand. Smart phones, tablets and social networking sites affect how businesses and employees effectively work. In this issue of the Baylor Business Review, we explore how technology continues to transform the way we do business.
By Barbara Elmore
Imagine a globe chock full of mobile devices, where almost everyone is connected to home, or work, or a leisure pursuit, no matter the place or the time of day. Millions of fingers glide silently over small screens. Occasionally, thumbs take over, tapping out a silent message using a language developed only recently.
by Franci Rogers
What’s faster than the speed of light? Technology, it would seem.
Today’s faster-than-light world means that technology is changing at an unstoppable pace. Mobile communications, shrinking devices and cloud technology are changing the way all of us work and play. We talked four alumni into sitting still long enough to tell us how they are helping usher in a new digital dawn.
by Beth Schultz
Big data and big company seems an obvious pairing — I mean, if large enterprises don’t have lots of data on their hands, and all different sorts of it, then what type of organization does? But big data, we know, doesn’t add up to big-data analytics.
By Franci Rogers
When Russell Bertwell first visited Dr. Hope Koch’s upper level Management Information Systems class, it was simply as a guest speaker. But the day he was scheduled to speak was also the day that students were turning in projects they had been working on nearly all semester. The projects had students taking in-depth looks at using technology to create business solutions.
by Jeffrey D. Blackwell Deloitte Application Studios
In the 20 years since I graduated from Baylor, I have had the privilege of working with various different leadership styles. As I reflect back, I realize my leadership style is really a mashup of the best qualities of those leaders. Some gave me terrific insight into what leadership is all about and others demonstrated to me what not to do. Surveying the bookshelf in my study, I note many different books on leadership. Some are process-focused, others are people-focused and others say leadership is more of an art than a science. At the end of the day, I have developed some core tenets that guide me in making decisions on a day-to-day basis. Call it my leadership playlist.
By Julie Carlson
Sue* is undergoing cancer treatment at Houston’s famed M.D. Anderson hospital. Whenever she has a question about her care she can log on to her ownpersonal account at MyMDAnderson.org. There she can send emails to/from her doctors and the business staff, look at lab results, read the doctors’ notes and see her entire schedule.
October 18-19, 2013
In 1909, Baylor alumni received an unusual postcard in the mail. It was an invitation to return to campus for a celebration that would allow them to “renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again.” And, with that, the homecoming tradition was created.
By Franci Rogers
In many ways, the list of farm equipment at The Home Grown Farm is much what you would expect: shovels, gloves, hoses, a tractor. But the one piece of equipment that Toby Tull uses most on the family farm is a bit less typical: a computer.
By allowing employees to participate in a work-sponsored internal social networking site (SNS), a company can improve morale and reduce turnover, according to a case study coauthored by Hope Koch, associate professor of Information Systems; Dorothy Leidner, the Ferguson Professor of Information Systems and director of the PhD Program in Information Systems; and Ester Gonzalez, a graduate of Baylor’s PhD Program in Information Systems who now teaches at California State University, Fullerton.
By Franci Rogers
As the first department to offer a PhD program at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, all eyes were on Information Systems to see just how they would manage this pioneering step.
Catch up on the latest news from alumni of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.