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November 10, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 3


Fulbright Takes Sandoe to Finland

Kent Sandoe, professor of accounting and management information systems, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at the University of Turku in Finland during the spring of 2006.

In his study, “Information Technology and the Choreography of Work,” Sandoe will focus on the interrelationship between the use of information technology and the timing and spacing of work activities within Finnish healthcare organizations. In addition to his research, Sandoe will teach a doctoral seminar on issues in computer surveillance.

Sandoe has more than 20 years of experience in information systems as a programmer, analyst, manager, and consultant to a variety of industries with a focus on transportation and financial services. Before coming to Chico in the fall of 1998, he worked as a faculty-in-residence within the Internet Commerce Information Technology group at Cisco Systems.

Sandoe received his PhD in 1994 from Claremont Graduate University and did post-doctoral work at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, also in 1994. He was an assistant professor at Fordham University in New York from 1995 to 1998.

His research interests include organizational mnemonics (how we use technology to help store group memory), technology integration, and information security. He published Enterprise Integration (New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001) with business professors Gail Corbitt and Ray Boykin. An example of enterprise integration is CMS at CSU, Chico that combines several separate programs into one system.

“Finland is an economic and technology powerhouse,” said Sandoe. “The World Economic Forum has ranked Finland first among 117 nations in global competitiveness for the last two years. Finland has a strong healthcare industry with a high level of use of information technology.”

Sandoe is looking forward to working with international colleagues.

“I’ve heard the high temperature for winter is 20 degrees Fahrenheit,” he said. He will be in Finland from January through May 2006. “At least in May there will be 12 to 15 hours of daylight. Maybe it will compensate for the long, cold winter.”

—Kathleen McPartland