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?
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
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?
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 stake holders?
The IMI has benefits for multiple stakeholders:
to cutting-edge training on information management issues, including
such things as ERP/SAP training, social media, cyber security, and
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