PACIS 2023 Keynotes

Suprateek Sarker

Professor, University of Virginia
President, Association for Information Systems

Speaker bio: Suprateek Sarker (“Supra”) is Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor (Information Technology) at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. He teaches topics such as data management and business intelligence (BI), systems analysis and design, transformation of digital organizations, qualitative research approaches, and global immersion in India and the UAE. Professor Sarker serves on the University-level Provost’s Promotion & Tenure Committee and has served on the college-level Undergraduate Policy Committee and the college-level Diversity Committee. He has been awarded the Whit Broome Award, 2023, by the McIntire School of Commerce.


Abstract: In this general talk, I will discuss, using an example of digital classrooms in schools that are being envisioned and implemented, some of the benefits and pitfalls of digitalization. I will argue that both the “pro-digitalization” and the “dark-side” narratives in the literature are incomplete, polarizing, and not particularly helpful. Indeed, I believe that IS scholars are in a unique position to offer a balanced perspective and to positively influence the role of digitalization in organizations and society.

Sean Xin Xu

Professor, Tsinghua University
President, Association for Information Systems China Chapter (CNAIS)

Speaker bio: Sean (Xin) Xu is a Starr Endowed Chair Professor and an Associate Dean at School of Economics and Management (SEM), Tsinghua University. He is the director of Tsinghua SEM’s Research Center for AI and Management (AIM). His current research focuses on digital strategy, intelligent analytics, and AI-enabled solutions to solve real business problems. His editorial services include Senior Editor for ISR (2023-2025), Senior Editor for MISQ (2016-2022), and Associate Editor for ISR (2012-2015). The Association for Information Systems (AIS) named him AIS Fellow in 2022. He now serves the president of the AIS China Chapter.

Title: Approach to engaged scholarship

Abstract: It is a desirable outcome to produce impactful research. To that end, the notion of engaged scholarship has been developed, advocating a model of scholarly research based on real problems and offering actionable solutions. Scholars, however, may encounter challenges when trying to practice this model in real business. This presentation will summarize a BEST approach (business, emerging interest, social science theory, technology), and hope to stimulate discussions regarding how to effectively engaging practitioners in scholarly research.

Wei Feng

Chief Finance Officer, NIO Inc.

Speaker bio: Mr. Wei Feng has served as our Chief Financial Officer since November 2019. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Feng served as managing director and head of the auto and auto parts research team at China International Capital Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Feng served as an industry analyst at Everbright Securities Co. Ltd. from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Feng’s career also includes more than five years’ working experience within the ZF (China) Investment Co., Ltd. where he participated in numerous corporate matters. Mr. Feng received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Department of Automotive Engineering at Tsinghua University, and his joint master’s degree in Automotive System Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in Germany and Tsinghua University in China.

Title: A Smart EV Pioneer’s Efforts in Digital Development