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A SIG & Chapter Services Publication of Association for Information Systems 
Association for Information Systems 
SIG & Chapter Leadership News 
August 27, 2012
Julie Kendall

Longing for the Endless Immensity of the
Sea: Creating a Research Culture in your SIG or Chapter 

 by Julie E. Kendall, Ph.D. Rutgers University
AIS Vice President of SIGs and Chapters


If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


The above advice would probably not work if you were playing Island Tribe, a popular time management app on the iPad, where the challenge is to direct workers to gather wood and other resources in order to achieve a single goal.

The above quotation, however, makes our tasks as SIG and Chapter leaders clear. We must inspire other researchers to want to get together to share ideas and their academic life, to long for the intensity of research relationships that extend beyond our careers as academics into meaningful human interactions.  

The advice works for us because we balance multiple goals involving our institutions, our family, and our profession. Furthermore, the advice works because we realize that achieving these goals may take a great deal of time to achieve.

One of the most difficult aspects of SIGs and Chapters is to inspire each other over the long haul. In the short term there are usually people who will "collect wood" and do the assigned tasks and work, but the longing for real research relationships is something else again.

If we can instill in our SIG and Chapter colleagues that it is vitally necessary to long for a fulfilling academic life of the mind and spirit that is nurtured through deep participation in our research communities, we will be likely to develop SIGs and Chapters that contribute to our lives in meaningful ways, and which extend well beyond the individual officer roles we have taken on for the next few years.

So work to inspire every one of your members to long for the endless immensity of the sea that is the research culture you are creating, the one that you can see in the far distance. Then you will have many people to accompany you on your life's journey. And the work and tasks will get done. 


Saint-Exupery quotation from last accessed on September 18, 2012. 


Membership rosters are now available for download from the SIG and Chapter Members Page.  I will forward the log in credentials to the designees previously provided.  If you have not already done so, please forward the name and email of the AIS member(s) that will require access to your SIG/Chapter membership list to  


Post the following information on your websites under membership to ensure interested members have accurate information:


AIS members are encouraged to join all SIGs/Chapters during their renewal process.  But, in the case that a member decides to join a SIG during their membership year, they should:


1. Go to the AIS Additional Services Page 

2. Select SIG Membership Options

3. Log in to their member profile

4. Click on the name(s) of SIGs they are joining

5. Follow prompts


To join a Chapter during their membership year, the member should:


1. Log in to their member profile from the homepage

2. Select Manage Profile from right navigation

3. Select Edit Bio from Information and Settings Section

4. Update Chapter Membership field

5. Click Save Changes


After updating your membership, visit the Community Groups page and join the online community. 



In mid-October we will launch the Community Groups Page.  For many, this will be your SIG/Chapter's first point of contact with AIS members when seeking to join on the new AIS platform.  We encourage those SIGs/Chapters that have not already done so to forward to me the names and emails of two designees who will 1) be responsible for managing your SIG or Chapter group (the landing page for your SIG/Chapter within the AIS membership platform) and 2) will have access to the membership roster.

All designees are allowed to update the informational page with:
1. A description of the SIG/Chapter
2. Membership/leadership contact information
3. Link to external website (if available)

AIS also hosts websites through the new site.  If you are interested, take a moment to review the Administrative Bulletin and forward the requested contact information to office@aisnet.orgNote: the bulletin contains a training video

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