The second Washington Area IT Symposium (WAITS) will be held at American University the afternoon of May 8th, 2020. This episode of WAITS will be entitled: The Founding Fathers Edition. See if you can figure out why!

The goal of WAITS is to bring together like-minded IS scholars in the greater DC Metro area and facilitate inter-school dialogue and collaboration. While there are many business schools in the DMV, and many tremendous IS departments each with their own talented researchers, communication between the groups is limited. This stifles synergies, creative and innovative work, and the opportunity for each of us to learn from each other. It is the objective of WAITS to eliminate this problem by coming together every few months.

  • Who: All DC area business school professors and graduate students who study information systems and digitization.
  • What: Getting together for a light lunch and two talks.
  • Where: American University, the most American of the universities: https://goo.gl/maps/ztgrX3CiJPfPgDTk6
  • When: Friday May 8th, 2020
    • Noon – 1: Lunch (provided) and general conversation (bring your own)
    • 1:00 – 1:45: Talk Number 1: Yixin Lu (George Washington)
    • 2:00 – 2:45: Talk Number 2: Brad Greenwood (George Mason)
    • 3:00 – 3:45: Talk Number 3: Ahmed Abbasi (Mr Jefferson’s University)
    • 4:00pm: Adjourn
  • Why: Because we all operate around the DMV and should be working together! Also, sandwiches!

Want to host the next WAITS? We’re looking at you Maryland and/or GWU and/or UVA and/or Hopkins!


We are lucky to have two fantastic researchers giving talks. Brad Greenwood will also be speaking. It should be 2/3 well done and relevant to information systems!

Yixin Lu
Information Systems & Technology Management
George Washington University

Brad Greenwood
Associate Professor
George Mason University

Ahmed Abbasi

Ahmed Abbasi
Associate Dean for Analytics Initiatives
Murray Research Professor
Professor of Commerce
McIntire School of Commerce
Mr Jefferson’s Skool