What are the goals of the IMI?

The IMI aspires to achieve national prominence in the following:

  • Expertise in specific areas of Information Management, including Enterprise Resource Planning and Digital Entrepreneurship.
  • A recognized resource and clearinghouse for organizations in need of information management solutions.
  • Interdisciplinary research that focuses on information and its management within organizations.

What does the Information Management Institute (IMI) do?

Our mission is to advance the state of research and practice in the management of information in order to better solve organizational problems. We help organizations address their information management needs by providing real-world solutions to organizational problems through training, consultation, and applied research. For example, we can facilitate training and consultation related to information management issues, such as business integration using ERP, social media and its organizational applications, and digital entrepreneurship.

In terms of research, the IMI draws upon the broad expertise of CMU faculty to help organizations address issues related to information management, including such things as information accessibility, use, and quality. This research will not only help organizations within the IMI but will be published to inform the basis of new industry-wide benchmarks.

How does it work?

The IMI creates partnerships involving industry and academia, with a view to provide value to each organizational member. Industry partners will be requested to provide direction for challenges that they face with respect to information management in their organizations. IMI Fellows, partnering with an industry mentor and assisted by students, will lead research teams. Through active consulting and training, IMI teams can also assist organizations in identifying information management challenges and help them create innovative solutions.

What are specific examples of IMI activities or projects?

Organizations continue to struggle to manage information generated by ERP systems that they deploy. The IMI uses an ERP simulation using SAP software to demonstrate how organizations can create value through business integration and the information generated by their ERP systems. IMI Fellows and student teams can deliver onsite simulation experiences for organizations. Additionally, Fellows can work with partnering organizations to provide ERP solutions and training to specific problems organizations encounter.

Another example involves social media. People and organizations are seeking ways to leverage social media technologies and effectively use a vast volume of information generated by these technologies. Fellows and students from the IMI can work to design specific social media strategies, which create value for organizations.

How are other colleges or departments at CMU involved?

Information management is an interdisciplinary discipline that provides opportunities for colleges and departments across campus to research how information and communications technology can be leveraged to solve information management problems in different domains. Involving faculty from different disciplines encourages creative individuals to rub up ideas against each other and, in the process, create new knowledge resulting in products, services, and improved processes.

How does the IMI benefit different stakeholders?

The IMI has benefits for multiple stakeholders:


  • Access to cutting-edge training on information management issues, including such things as ERP/SAP training, social media, cyber security, and digital entrepreneurship
  • A source of research, analysis, and training solutions conducted by experts in varying fields
  • A forum to share and learn the about information management trends and issues
  • Recruiting access to the market’s best graduate and undergraduate students skilled in information management issues


  • Access to corporations/companies for full time and internship placement
  • Certification in the market’s leading ERP system: SAP
  • A degree from nationally rated information management programs
  • Opportunities to participate in forums and student organizations that provide hands-on engagement in information management and business market trends


  • Access to corporation/companies for research data and market insight
  • Funding support for high-end research
  • Professional credential as a Fellow of the Institute
  • Leadership role in the University, leveraging multi-disciplined educational and research capabilities for practical application
  • Opportunity to teach intense courses to business professional that will need and use their learning immediately in their job in such areas as in ERP/SAP
  • Opportunity to teach intense courses to business professional that will need and use their learning immediately in their job in such areas as in ERP/SAP
  • Opportunity to teach intense courses to business professional that will need and use their learning immediately in their job in such areas as in ERP/SAP