This story dated December 18, 2013 appeared on the website of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A link to the story is here, and a copy of the story is pasted below.
Two professors of information science
at UALR (University of Arkasas at Little Rock) received the Best Publication Award yesterday at the
International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Milan, Italy.
The article was chosen from among all information systems journals
worldwide by the Senior Scholars Consortium of Association for
Distinguished Professor and Maulden-Entergy Chair Rolf T. Wigand, who
also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Business
Information Systems, and Associate Professor Nitin Agarwal received the
award for their article “Raising and Rising Voices in Social Media: A
Novel Methodological Approach in Studying Cyber-Collective Movements.”
The article appeared in “Business & Information Systems Engineering” in 2012.
The article stemmed from a National Science Foundation Research grant
of more than $740,000 that Wigand and Agarwal received to study how
blogs and other various social media platforms contribute to social
Dr. Merlyna Lim of the School of Social Transformation-Justice and
Social Inquiry Program at Arizona State University collaborated with
Wigand and Agarwal on the research.
“Despite extensive media coverage of cyber-collective social
movements, there is a lack of systematic methodologies to empirically
study such movements in complex online environments,” said Agarwal.
The researchers developed new methodology to better understand
cyber-collective social movements from individual, community and
Observing female activists in Saudi Arabia who used social media
platforms to protest against gender-biased laws and practices in that
country, the authors explained in the article how cyber-collective
social movements work in cross-cultural settings.
Wigand told the conference attendees that he and Agarwal wanted to
dedicate the award “to the many Saudi women who do not have the right to
Agarwal said such research is of particular interest to information
system scientists exploring the influence of social systems on user
behaviors. Scientists seek to understand the ties between people,
technology and institutions, while also examining organizational
structures, roles and crowd processes, he said.
According to the ICIS, Senior Scholars have annually recognized up to
five papers since 2006 with a Best Information Systems Publications
Award to recognize the breadth of high quality work that is being
published in the information systems discipline.
Each year, journal editors issue a call for the best paper published
in their journal in the preceding year. A committee composed of Senior
Scholars reviews the nominations and selects a group of semi-finalists
for further consideration.
ICIS is a major annual meeting with over 4,000 members representing
universities in more than 95 countries worldwide. It is among the most
prestigious gathering of academics and practitioners in information