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2019 Speakers


Prof. Michael Pace, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, USA

Biography: Dr. Michael Pace is an Executive Professor with Texas A&M University's Mays Business School, located in Texas, United States. After more than 2 decades in industry building or fixing project management functions, he now teaches courses in project management, strategic management, and organizational behavior. His research interest focuses on project management methodologies and is influenced by complex adaptive systems and the paradigm of wicked problems.

Part I: Speech Title: Project Management Methodology Purity

Abstract: Despite methodologies, tools, competencies, certifications, and increased research opportunities, project success remains elusive. Almost 25 years of longitudinal data shows failure rates for projects continue to drastically exceed success rates. While Wicked Problems and Complex Adaptive Systems may suggest a nigh-unsolvable situation, researchers continue to peel back layers searching for ways to improve success statistics. Presented here is a review of the current status of one aspect of PM research: PM methodology. Specifically analyzed is methodology purity, including whether hybrid methods are more prevalent than not, as well as does method purity matter.

Part II: Speech Title: Academic Project Management: Perspectives and Recommendations for Scholars and Researchers

Abstract: Scholars within academia are traditionally taught skills necessary to engage in research, but not necessarily how to organize the work involved. This provides an opportunity to introduce project management as a mechanism for organizing work. Project management practices have multiple benefits but carry a connotation of bureaucracy that does not add value. This assertion, despite contradictory evidence, is pervasive. The challenge is selection of the best method to the project environment and circumstance, as multiple methods abound. Traditional project management (e.g. waterfall, critical path) is easy to learn but possibly excessive; agile project management (e.g. Scrum) can be right-sized but is difficult to learn. A potential solution that can be easily deployed within academia is Kanban. Kanban focuses on incremental, evolutionary change to processes to maintain organization in an effective and efficient manner. To illustrate this perspective for academia, a practical recommendation for organizing research efforts using Kanban is presented.



Prof. Leon Zhao, City University of Hong Kong, China

Dr. J. Leon Zhao is Chair Professor and former Head (2009-2015) of the Department of Information Systems at City University of Hong Kong. He was Interim Head and Eller Professor in MIS, University of Arizona and taught previously at HKUST and College of William and Mary, respectively. He holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, M.S. degree from UC Davis, and B.S. degree from Beijing Institute of Agricultural Mechanization. His research is on information technology and management, with a particular focus on workflow technology and applications in knowledge distribution, e-learning, supply chain management, organizational performance management, and services computing. Leon's research has been supported by NSF, SAP, and other sponsors. Leon has been associate editor of ACM Transactions on MIS, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, Decision Support Systems, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, International Journal of Web and Grid Services, and International Journal of Web Services Research and is on the editorial board of Journal of Database Management. He has co-edited over ten special issues in various IS journals. Leon has been a chair or program chair for numerous conferences including the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Service Economics, the 2011 CIO Symposium, International Conference on Information Systems, the 2010 International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology, the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, the 2008 IEEE Symposium on Advanced Management of Information for Globalized Enterprises (AMIGE'08), the 2008 Arizona Exposium on Frontiers of Information Technology and Applications (FITA'08), the 2007 China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM'07), the 2006 IEEE Conference on Services Computing (SCC'06), the 2005 Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS'05), and the 2003 Workshop on E-Business (WEB'03) among others. He received an IBM Faculty Award in 2005 for his work in business process management and services computing. He received IBM Faculty Award in 2005 and National "Chang Jiang Scholars" Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University in 2009.

Title: Blockchain Empowered Data Flow Across Organizational Boundaries

Abstract: As an emerging model of computing, blockchain has the potential to innovate business operations by making digital business more trustworthy. Since 1953, databases have empowered business operations by automating data processing inside a firewall of the Internet.  Nowadays, blockchain technologies promise to automate data flow across organizational boundaries. In this talk, the speaker will explore how blockchain computing will empower business trust.  The key idea is that blockchain will push the frontier of trust by enabling new collaboration patterns via immutable process records, thereby making business partners more accountable and rewardable towards a closed loop of data flow. The outcome of improved business trust will be a very powerful platform economy that can be managed via smart contracts digitally. In this talk, the speaker will present a conceptual framework and associated mechanisms for blockchain-enabled business trust. The theoretical and application issues of computational trust will be discussed in the context of recent blockchain applications such as the Tencent's ticketing blockchain for the Shenzhen subway system.



Prof. Shuliang Li, University of Westminster, UK & School of Economics & Management, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

PhD, Life Fellow of the British Computer Society,
Reader in Business Information Management & Systems Westminster Business School, 
University of Westminster, United Kingdom 
(Also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, China)

Biography: Prof. Dr Shuliang Li is a Reader in Business Information Management at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster. He acted as BIM&O departmental Research Leader from January 2010 to July 2013. Prof. Li is also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor in China for research collaboration purposes. He is a life Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS). 
(Official Web page) 

Speech Title: Quantum strategies, quantum games, intelligent business systems & management models

This keynote speech covers our research on quantum strategies, quantum games, intelligent business systems, and management models. In particular, the following research work will be presented.

Prof. Dingxuan Huang, School of Management, Chongqing University of Technology, China

Biography: Prof. Dingxuan Huang, PhD, is a full professor at the School of Management, Chongqing University of Technology, China. He received his PhD from Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, in 2005, and then did his postdoctoral work on Business Administration at Tongji University, from 2005 to 2007. He visited California University, Riverside, USA, in 2015. Prof Huang conducted his further postdoctoral research on relevant projects at the University of Westminster, London, the United Kingdom, from 2017 to 2018.

Title of Speech: Quantum games and quantum models for management


Prof. Jyh-Jeng Wu, National United University, Taiwan

Jyh-Jeng Wu is a professor of Business Management at National United University in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. degree in business administration from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University in 1997. His research focuses on issues related to marketing strategy and e-commerce. He has published over 50 research articles in renowned management and information systems journals. He was granted College Research Excellence Award in 2018 and College Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. He was a University Teaching Excellence Award finalist in 2014. His research has been published in Journal of Business Research, Managing Service Quality, Internet Research, Journal of Decision Systems, Tourism Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking and Asia Pacific Management Review.

Speech Title: Whether cultural identity and trust have an impact on the willingness to buy online streaming platforms?

Abstract: This study is mainly aimed at users from different countries in the online streaming website to watch the film situation. An online questionnaire was designed for data collection. The research uses online questionnaire format to collect the data. The study findings reveal that playfulness and familiarity positively influenced users’ trust and cultural identity and users’ trust and cultural identity demonstrated a mediate effect.