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Ask-it basket on studies, scholarship and academic life during pandemic. You can pose any question that you would like to discuss after the session into here

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  1. There has been a lot of pessimism about the academic job market (especially in the US and UK). Beyond the forecasts, what changes in the academic job market have you seen personally? What recommendation can you give an academic entering the job market in the next few years? Thank you.
  2. Some editorial practices of journals and conferences seem really weird and outdated. I can understand that a conference sets a limit to the papers’ body text length, but sometimes this limit also includes references and appendixes. Why is this? What purpose does this serve? This forces the author(s) to tell less about their research to accommodate references etc. For what I understand, the majority of journals are distributed online and have no physical copy.
  3. Online MBA programs getting more popular in these days. With the pandemic, the traditional MBA programs have to move to online teaching. Do you see any reduction in the amount of the faculty members required for a business school as most of the teaching goes online?
  4. ICIS and HICSS conferences have close deadline for submission. Hence, it is possible to submit to only one of them. If one of the conferences schedule is changed, then it is possible to the submit to the first conference and from on the feedback received for it, we can have an opportunity to make the required changes to submit to the second one.
  5. With the increasing trend of online courses from platforms like Udemy, what kind of new teaching methods should be implemented specifically in the IS courses to make the in-class teaching experience more valuable for the students than the online courses. Let us not include the student presentations, group discussions, and case-studies, which are already used currently.
  6. Could you share the story of the first paper you got published in an IS Journal: how long did it take to develop the research to a required level? what were the struggles and drivers of success?
  7. What are the changes in faculty employment practice have you seen recently?
  8. What US scholars need to understand about European academic context and vice versa?
  9. Academic journals boast about their impact factor, citation count, and paper downloads. However, very few are transparent about the average review time, average duration in revision rounds, author feedback on the process. What are your thoughts about it and how this situation be improved? Thanks!
  10. From a historical perspective, those scientists who have changed their view of theories in their field how did their colleagues feel about them before and after? I understand that changing views of theories inside of a body of knowledge can cause a conflict with current leaders of the theories and it can cause that a new scientific field is established after new discovery, because current scientists do not accept it in their domain. It has been said, that even university trains you to become an independent researcher and challenge old views, it is still a convergent society. It has been said that a consensus is the ineffective meter for measuring those scientific theories are valid, because of these historical phenomena that science develop through rejection and not from conformation. Therefore, science seems to be a theatre of battle who dares to challenge and who knows the best with most credible and systematic way and making a chance of views of theories are a long and rocky road, because humans are species that are ready to defend their views even they should be in science theirs' own best critic of evaluating that is theirs' beliefs no longer valid and finally, it seems that science will finally develop after old scientists retire and new scientists to replace them.
  11. It seems as if nowadays researchers need to be many things. First of all, they need to be good researchers and excellent teachers. These two roles are oftenmost at the top of tenders. However, increasingly it seems as if researchers need to be also entrepreneurs who found and run startups, social influencers who tweet effectively about their research (at least tenders ask applicants to provide examples of their online communication about their research) and good project managers (not to mention the qualifications demanded for writing funding applications). As a young faculty member, I wonder which if these things are fundamental for starting and progressing a career in academia and which of these are nice to have? Moreover, I’m curious about the panelists’ views on this issue and how they manage - are strategic - about fulfilling all these requirements themselves. Thank you.
  12. I wonder whether there is any change for academic work and life (e.g. research, seminar, field study, teaching) during/ after pandemic. Any suggestions/tips for us to work in such situation?
  13. Though many senior faculty members have children, having children and an academic career seems like an uphill battle. The circumstances will, of course, vary from individual to individual but your thoughts on what is the “best time” to have children? As a PhD-candidate, postdoc or tenured?
  14. What academic tradition would you abolish if you could?
  15. At what point (if any) did you decide that you now have your toolbox of theories and methods that you will deepen your knowledge and practical experience of while other theories/methods can be outsourced from fellow researchers when needed. This is a bit roundabout way to ask if you subscribe to the generalist or specialist philosophy. Thanks in advance.
  16. How does one jump into 'academic conversation style' ? A simple answer could be trial-and-error, but somehow one is expected to jump out all finished from almost the beginning of the study. I realise it is a question with no simple answer, but the problem is real.
  17. There are journals for practitioners of military, police, and law enforcement agencies […]. Jufo gives results that with those keyword there no level 2 or level 3 journal in those field of military and police? Why is that so? Are these bodies of knowledge really science or just journals where the art of practitioners is trying to make their own thing as science? There are arguments [in previous studies] that they are science. […] Therefore, what are choices with this body of bits of knowledge? They seem to be an art of knowledge and not the science of knowledge and their journals are just the way to express their "professional" ideas and art of skills. If you need to make a literature review of theories in the science of security, does it means that those journals of military and police must be rejected from the literature review?