Bridging Practice and Theory Summit

Bridging Practice and Theory Summit 2017

Call for Proposals

Proposal submission period closed Jan. 15, 2017.

BPTS is seeks proposals, authored by a team of at least one practitioner and one faculty member, that address issues related to the alignment of business strategies and analytics. Select submissions will be compiled for inclusion in “Aligning Business Strategies and Analytics: Bridging Between Theory and Practice” and will be presented at the 2017 BPTS on May 18, 2017. Proposals of 500-750 words will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2017 and should be submitted to

Editors: Murugan Anandarajan, PhD and Teresa Harrison, PhD

Vast amounts of data are being generated, collected, stored, processed, analyzed, distributed and used at an ever-increasing rate by organizations. Simultaneously, managers must rapidly and thoroughly understand the factors driving their business. Business Analytics is an interactive process of analyzing and exploring enterprise data to find valuable insights that can be exploited for competitive advantage. However, to gain this advantage, organizations need to create a sophisticated analytical climate within which strategic decisions are made. As a result, there is a growing awareness that alignment among business strategies, business structures, and analytics are critical to effectively develop and deploy techniques to enhance an organization’s decision-making capability.

For this volume, we seek chapters that address issues related to the alignment of business strategies and analytics. The relevance and usefulness of the academic research in the area of alignment is often questioned by practitioners. In this volume, we seek to bridge this gap. Each chapter should be co-authored by a team consisting of at least one faculty member and one practitioner. Authors are invited to submit original conceptual, analytical, empirical, or case-based research to enhance our understanding of the topic.

Possible topics for this volume include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Analytics and leadership issues, e.g., tensions among the CEO, CIO and CDO
  • Factors which promote or deter analytics usage in an organization
  • Analytics organizational structures and its impact on decision making
  • Effective communication of analytical insights such as storytelling and visualization
  • Analytics maturity models
  • Issues related to analytics based project management
  • Methods of aligning metrics and strategies
  • The impact of people centric analytics on the quality of work life
  • Internet of Things and organizational practices. e.g., supply chain management
  • The impact of analytics such as organizational learning and innovation

Important dates

  • Call for proposals: Jan. 15, 2017
  • Authors notified: Jan. 31, 2017
  • Submission of 6-8 page conference version: March 31, 2017
  • Conference presentation: May 18, 2017
  • Reviews to authors: June 1, 2017
  • Submission of chapter: Aug. 1, 2017
  • Volume Published: Dec. 2017

All submissions must be made by electronic mail to Submissions must be in English and should represent the original work of the authors.