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2024.04.15 NTU Royal Palm Lecture Series Professor Suprateek Sarker, University of Virginia

National Taiwan University has established the Royal Palm Lecture Series as a campus-wide special lecture series aimed at expanding the perspectives of students and faculty members. This series invites distinguished scholars or professionals from both domestic and international backgrounds in academia or industry who have demonstrated exceptional achievements or global impact to deliver speeches and participate in academic exchanges at the university. Professor Suprateek Sarker, University of Virginia, will provide the lecture. All members of the university are enthusiastically encouraged to participate.


l   Information

Speaker: Professor Suprateek Sarker

Topic: " Digitalization for a Better Tomorrow: How Can Information Systems (IS) Scholars Contribute? "

Guide: James J. Jiang, Professor of NTU College of Management

Host: Wen-Chang Chen, President of NTU

Date: 14:30 - 16:00 Apr. 15th (Mon.), 2024

Venue: Sungreat International Convention Hall, B1, Building 1, College of Management, NTU

Language: English


l   Introduction of Speaker:

Professor Suprateek Sarker (“Supra”) is a Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Commerce Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. Professor Sarker serves on the University-level Provost’s Promotion & Tenure Committee. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation. He was the President of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and a Fellow of the AIS. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from two reputed European universities. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research.


In this lecture, Professor Sarker will discuss digitalization and its impacts using the example of digital classrooms in schools. The presentation will highlight the utopian and dystopian narratives on digitalization and argue that both narratives are incomplete, polarizing, and not particularly helpful. Indeed, Information Systems scholars may be in a unique position to offer a balanced perspective and positively influence digitalization's role in organizations and society. To conclude, implications for research and practice will be provided.


l   Agenda:

13:50 - 14:20: Registration and Admission (Close at 14:20.)

14:20 - 14:30: Guides

14:30 - 14:35: Opening Introduction

14:35 - 15:35: Speech

15:35 - 15:55: Question & Answer Session

15:55 - 16:00: Trophy Presentation and Group Photo Session


l   Note:

1.          Link:

2.          If you are an external participant using our school's activity registration system for the first time, please go to the homepage to apply for an account and password. Alternatively, an exclusive form for external individuals can be utilized:

3.          We have an open quota of 180 participants. Please register through our school's activity registration system. If you cannot attend, please cancel your registration as early as possible. The check-in registration deadline is 14:20; on-site registration will be available if any remaining slots exist.

4.          Civil servants can register for Government Employee Lifelong Learning for 2 hours. For students, this learning record will be linked to their ePo.

5.          Contact: Mr. Yu, Center for General Education, NTU (Phone: 02-3366-2545 #242 Email: