Clemson University alumna Jennifer Gerow along with her faculty advisors, management professors Jason Thatcher and Varun Grover, have added to their lists of academic achievements by receiving a prestigious award for the best paper published in a leading scientific journal.

Gerow, now an assistant professor at Virginia Military Institute, Thatcher, and Grover received The Operational Research Society’s Stafford Beer Medal for a paper published in the European Journal of Information Systems.

The Stafford Beer Medal is named after Stafford Beer, a world leader in the development of information systems ideas. The Operational Research Society cited the research paper’s scope and impact on IT/IS practitioners and researchers.

The paper was an outcome of a dissertation completed at Clemson by Gerow and advised by Thatcher and Grover. “Six Types of IT business alignment: An investigation of the constructs and their measurement” addressed how firms can align fundamental strategic components into their business operations.

Thatcher receives Velux Villum Fellowship

Management professor Jason Thatcher also received The Velux Villum Fellowship awarded to distinguished international information systems researchers by a Danish foundation.

Thatcher spent the 2016-2017 academic year working with faculty and graduate students at the Information Technology University Copenhagen working on projects examining how technology-based platforms such as Twitter and new enabling technologies such as Blockchain are transforming service delivery in the global economy.

Thatcher’s Velux Villum Fellowship is presented by the Velux Foundations, which support large research activities in a variety of sciences. The foundations’ fellowship brings recognized visiting professors to Denmark to advance research and education in that country. Clemson will host a student next fall as an outgrowth of the fellowship program.

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