van Osch Finalists for Prestigious Research Award

Posted on: September 16, 2013

van-oschDepartment of Media and Information(TISM) assistant professor Wietske van Osch has been nominated as one of three finalists for the Association of Information Systems and Association for Computing Machinery's annual Doctoral Dissertation Award. The award, which will be presented at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2012) conference in December 16-19 in Orlando, Florida, is presented each year to the author of the best doctoral dissertations in computer science and engineering.

MSU Acting Department Chair of TISM and Director of the Quello Center Steve Wildman stated that this recognition of Van Osch is "A well-deserved honor. This is just further confirmation of the extraordinary talent that has been evident from the day she joined our faculty."

Wietske van Osch received her Ph.D. in Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral dissertation focused on "Generative Collectives" and in particular the structural, cognitive and technological dimensions of online communities that result in enhanced creativity and innovation. Her current research interests lie in online communities, social media, sociomateriality and affordances.
"This prize is the most prestigious award for a junior faculty in Management and Information Systems." van Osch said. "Previous recipients of this award have experienced an amazing career after winning. Increased visibility from winning has given them opportunities to collaborate with senior faculty in the field. Because of this, I am very excited about the doors opened by this nomination!"

The Doctoral Dissertation Award is accompanied by a $20,000 prize and publishing by renown international science publisher, Springer. Previous recipients of this prestigious award include top researchers Paul Paflou of Temple University's Fox School of Business and Paul Leonardi, the Pentair-Nugent Associate Professor at Northwestern University.

In addition to her nomination for the Doctoral Dissertation Award, van Osch will also be presenting a paper at the ICIS 2012 conference.

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