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Leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of knowledge management, accounting, ethics, and business intelligence arrived in Charlottesville in prodigious numbers during the fall semester, as the McIntire centers hosted three timely and exciting programs. 

Sponsored by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Center for Innovation in Professional Services, “Managing the Knowledge-Based Organization,” took place Oct. 11, 2002. Panelists explored the promise and the perils of the knowledge economy. They discussed, for example, that programs to facilitate the creation and transfer of knowledge have often met with mixed results. Early efforts focused heavily on implementation of distributed technologies and largely met with less success than had been hoped for—despite extensive investments of time, effort, and money on the part of the organizations. A world-class panel of experts led by Assistant Professor Rob Cross explored ways organizations can operate more holistically to better address the organizational context within which knowledge creation and sharing occur. In many cases, success calls for dramatic shifts in the way people approach strategy, management, and organization.

Panelists included:

Alex Bennet, Co-Founder, Mountain Quest Institute, and former Deputy Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Integration and Chief Knowledge Officer, U.S. Navy
Nancy Dixon, Author and International Consultant, Common Knowledge
Michael Fontaine, Senior Consultant, IBM’s Institute for Knowledge-Based Organizations
Eric Lesser, Executive Consultant and Research Manager, IBM’s Institute for Knowledge-Based Organizations
Ann Noles, Manager of the Knowledge Management Team for Enterprise Services and Integrated Architecture, IT Division, Capital One

Life after Enron was the theme of a second PWC center program, held just one week later. Why have there been so many recent corporate accounting scandals? What can be done to stop the bleeding and restore investor confidence?

Those were among the questions posed Oct. 18, 2002, when a high-powered panel of accounting and consulting professionals met with McIntire students and faculty to explore “Corporate Accountability and Financial Reporting in the Post-Enron Era.” Professor Susan Perry led the panel discussion, part of a series of events sponsored by the PWC center.

Panelists included:

Joe Berardino, former Managing Partner and CEO, Andersen Worldwide
Matt Brockwell, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Henry Dudley (McIntire ’70), President, Riggs & Company
Drake Johnstone, First Vice President, Equity Research, Davenport & Co.
Rebecca McEnally, Vice President, Association for Investment Management and Research

Read about the event in the Cavalier Daily

On Nov. 15, 2002, the Center for the Management of Information Technology explored the rapidly changing world of business intelligence. Michael Saylor, Chairman and CEO of MicroStrategy, spoke passionately about future challenges and opportunities businesses are likely to encounter as they learn to mine and make use of the vast amounts of information increasingly available about their customers and employees. Saylor co-founded MicroStrategy in 1989 at the age of 24 and has since pioneered new products that help organizations make better decisions through improved understanding and usage of the data available to them.

Wayne Eckerson, Director of Education and Research for The Data Warehousing Institute, spoke about current trends and challenges in data warehousing and business intelligence. Considered one of the world’s leading data warehousing gurus, Eckerson has spoken and published extensively. His publication credits include Data Management Review, Computerworld, Journal of Data Warehousing, Business 2.0, and Oracle Magazine.

In the afternoon session, Assistant Professor Barbara Wixom led a panel that included representatives from Mitre Corporation, Capital One, EDS, and BearingPoint.

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