Inaugural INFORMS Information Systems Society Bapna-Ghose Social Justice Best Paper Award – 2021
Call for Nominations
The Information Systems Society (ISS) invites nominations for the Inaugural ISS Bapna-Ghose Social Justice Best Paper Award.
This best paper award’s purpose is to foster and encourage high quality IS research that makes an impact towards improving social justice outcomes. The award’s concept of social justice research is broadly scoped to include all facets of modern IS, analytics, digital platforms and AI perspectives, as well as the full palette of methodologies. It specifically aims to direct, recognize and reward IS research that helps positively move the interlocking gears of education, housing, healthcare, transportation, employment, income and criminal justice outcomes and policies for Black/African-Americans, Latinx/Hispanic-American and Native Americans populations.
The IS for Social Justice Best Paper Award process will be governed by the INFORMS Information Systems Society. In steady state, the candidate pool of papers will be selected from manuscripts published in Management Science (MS), Information Systems Research (ISR) or MIS Quarterly (MISQ) between the focal year and the two preceding years. For 2021, the award’s window will be retrospective and will include papers published in the top three IS journals (MS, ISR, and MISQ) from 2010 to 2020. Papers will be nominated by the current editorial board members (SEs and AEs) of the three journals. The best paper will be selected by a committee consisting of:
- senior scholars (such as, but not limited to, ISS Distinguished Academic Fellows, past EICs and DEs of the three journals etc.)
- the chair of ISS' Diversity and Inclusion committee, and
- an ex-officio ISS representative, who will administer the process.
The committee of judges will be chosen by the ISS president in consultation with the chair of ISS' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee, and Professors Anindya Ghose and Ravi Bapna who are the founding sponsors of this award.
While there is no guarantee that a deserving paper will meet the stated objectives of the award each year, should a winner emerge, in steady state the award will be given out at the ISS award event during the annual INFORMS conference.
The award will carry a cash reward of $2,000 that is sponsored by the Senior Scholars Fund for DEI.
Papers will be nominated by the current editorial board members (SEs and AEs) of the three journals (MS, ISR and MISQ) to the President of ISS by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (please state the subject as "ISS Bapna-Ghose Social Justice Best Paper Award - 2021"). The deadline for submission of nominations is August 1, 2021.
An Awards Committee has been formed to recommend candidates for the award for 2021. The 2021 committee members are Ravi Bapna (representing ISR, co-chair), Anindya Ghose (representing MS, co-chair), Andrew Burton-Jones (representing MISQ), Gal Oestreicher-Singer (representing ISS DEI Committee), and D. J. Wu (ex-officio ISS representative).
The awards committee will deliberate upon the pool of nominees and make recommendations to the President of the Information Systems Society. Winner paper of the award will be informed early September, 2021. The 2021 ISS Bapna-Ghose Social Justice Best Paper Award winner will be announced during the 2021 Conference on Information Systems Technology in Newport Beach, CA. A plaque from the society will be presented. The award will also carry a cash reward of $2,000. Organization details of this celebration event will be updated later.
It is a condition of the award that the ISS Bapna-Ghose Social Justice Best Paper Award winner be a member of the Information Systems Society, and, except for unusual circumstances approved by the President of ISS, remain a member of the Society until they retire from full-time work.
About the Informs Information Systems Society (ISS)
The Information Systems Society (ISS) supports the intellectual interests of information systems scholars who are members of INFORMS. It provides support for academic forums such as the annual Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), the spring Theory in Economics of IS (TEIS) workshop, the summer Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research (SCECR) conference, and the annual IT Teaching workshop. The society also provides support for editorial activities and publication of Information Systems Research. In addition, the society sponsors or supports several awards each year including the ISS Distinguished Fellow Award, the ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award, the ISS Nunamaker-Chen Dissertation Award, the ISS Gordon B. Davis Young Scholar Award, the Haim Mendelson Teaching Innovation Award, the ISS Practical Impacts Award, and ISS Best Paper in Management Science Award. In addition to these awards, ISS is sponsoring two new awards this year, namely the ISS Bapna-Ghose Social Justice Best Paper Award, and the ISS President's Service Award, to recognize the deserving efforts of our community.