The Information Management emphasis provides business students with critical and creative thinking skills as well as resume-building technology competencies. Recent graduates hold exciting jobs at trendsetting companies like Facebook and Google, at the top consulting firms such as KPMG, Ernst & Young, Accenture, Deloitte and PwC, as well as at traditional companies such as ConocoPhillips and Pepsi.
Information Management graduates have the highest starting salaries of any business major, the highest mid-career salaries (CEOs excepted), and the highest job satisfaction of any profession, and experience the highest concentration of Frascona & BFA teaching excellence award winners in the Leeds School.
The Information Management faculty are committed to creating the best learning community in the Leeds School and work with our students to provide the best experiences possible while at Leeds as well as the best career opportunities after graduation. We are unique in that we:
- Assign students to a faculty mentor once they choose the IM emphasis. Please email us once you select IM.
- Actively help students find relevant internships.
- Emphasize networking opportunities with industry and our alumni in industry.
- Promote regular get-togethers where all IM faculty are active participants.
- Provide students the opportunity to build strong resumes through industry sponsored projects integrated into classes.
- Offer an annual conference for alumni, key industry contacts, and current students to meet one another and update skills.
- Closely collaborate with the Leeds Association for Information Systems (LAIS) student group.
Students in the Information Management track have the opportunity to engage in a community of students and faculty to increase involvement and learning in an exciting environment. Through rigorous coursework, students learn to incorporate business and technical skills to make data profitable for an organization. Students will be challenged to take a holistic approach to broaden critical thinking skills in a dynamic and integrated way, to view business and everyday situations from an alternative perspective.
Those more technically inclined will improve logic and problem decomposition through projects and hands-on experiences. The close relationships developed with faculty members will help students succeed both in and out of the classroom. Students also have the opportunity to take part in experiential learning projects to further incorporate classroom material in the business-world. These projects bring top companies and real-world problems into the classroom.
We encourage students to consider a minor in either Technology, Arts, and Media or Computer Science. Especially motivated students consider the 5-year concurrent BS and MS degree in Information Management and Interdisciplinary Telecommunications.
Ph.D. Student Position
The Leeds School of Business, Information Systems group, has a funded position for a Ph.D. student focusing on Natural Language Processing starting in the fall of 2012. The successful applicant will take classes in business, computer science, and psychology. The IS program maintains a 1:1 student-to-faculty ratio and the faculty are currently funded through the National Science Foundation to apply NLP to behavioral problems (see http://behavior.colorado.edu).
Conduct world-class research in the areas of NLP and text mining applied to business, psychology, and other behavioral disciplines.
Background in one or more of three areas:
- Statistical modeling, machine learning, natural language processing and/or information retrieval
- Linguistics/computational linguistics
Skills in the following a plus:
- Programming languages: C, C++, Java, Python (at least one)
- Statistics software: SPSS, SAS, R, STATA
- Algorithm design
- Unix, Linux
For more information on the Information Systems group and the Leeds School Ph.D. program, see http://leeds.colorado.edu/im and http://leeds.colorado.edu/phd.
Location Data & Dating Websites
NOTE: The info below is an extended version of a CU-Boulder press release, appearing here and here.
While the majority of dating websites do a good job of managing the privacy of their users, a class research project at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business found that 21 of 90 dating websites the class examined did not properly remove location data from pictures uploaded by their users.
As a result of people taking more photographs with cameras and cell phones containing Global Positioning System chips, some dating website profile pictures contain GPS coordinates showing where a picture was taken, said Associate Professor Kai Larsen, who taught the class on Privacy in the Age of Facebook. When such information is not removed by the dating website, commonly available tools can be used to detect the location of a person’s residence or other locations frequented by the user.
This gap in privacy protection leaves women users especially vulnerable to online predators, the CU-Boulder student researchers said. Users of dating websites share a plethora of private details but generally will not share their addresses or real names unless a stronger relationship develops through multiple online and offline interactions.
The largest dating sites, such as Match.com and PlentyofFish.com, were found to remove location metadata from user profile pictures. But 23 percent of the 90 websites were found to leave metadata attached to the profile photo. All of these specialized dating sites were based on such attributes as age, disability, hobby or religion.
Twelve of the 21 websites were run by a single Canadian company, SuccessfulMatch.com. According to the SuccessfulMatch website, the company runs 24 dating websites on the same platform, 12 of which were not examined as part of the research project.
“While we were pleased to see such a high level of responsible behavior by online dating companies, an online predator would require no more than one website to act irresponsibly,” Larsen said. “The fact that we found more than 20 websites that do not carefully maintain user privacy is cause for concern, in that individual users are left to maintain their own privacy by carefully confirming that any uploaded picture does not contain GPS coordinates.”
Metadata is “a set of data that describes and gives information about other data,” Larsen said. Such information that can be derived from online photos includes camera type, date of capture, whether the picture has been altered and GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken.
Dating websites have the ability to “scrub” or eliminate such metadata from their member photos and most do because misuse of the information could compromise the safety of their users, Larsen said.
The research method of the study included the creation of user profiles of two individuals, the personal information of which was fabricated except for the photos, which contained location information and other metadata, Larsen said. The photo uploaded by one user then was downloaded by the other user and the existence of the location information confirmed.
The websites found not to remove location metadata were contacted on Dec. 29, 2011, and the Leeds School team has since worked with several of those dating website companies to ensure that location metadata is removed before the survey results were publicly announced.
“It was clear that some companies did not know about this issue,” Larsen said. “The feedback ranged from appreciative to reluctantly removing the metadata to no response.” Several of the companies immediately reported that they were taking action to resolve the issue, including SuccessfulMatch and the companies behind CatholicSingles, DeafSinglesMeet and MeetingMillionaires.
A company that tracks online consumer behavior, Experian Hitwise, recently listed more than 1,100 websites in its “lifestyle dating” category.
“Technology is so important today and many companies deal with very private data,” Larsen said. “Company decisions about how to deal with data privacy can affect their valuation.”
The information management class was offered jointly by the Leeds School’s Division of Management and Center for Education on Social Responsibility.
Dating websites that did not remove location metadata from photographs during the 2011 fall semester class’s research period were the following:
Sites that did remove location metadata during the research period
Only a single check to see whether a user could access metadata on own pictures was conducted on these sites under the assumption that if users could not see their own metadata, other users also could not see the metadata. Results in this section are deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
In a time when technology allows unprecedented aggregation of personal
information, use is moving faster than social norms and laws can follow.
In this class, we will dissect the technologies and social trends related
primarily to privacy and use of information about individuals to reap
Uses computer programming to teach a complex problem solving skill. Objectives are: (1) learn to decompose a complex problem into manageable sub-problems. This method is applicable to any complex business problem but best exemplified in programming. (2) Understand the core concepts of programming such as variable, object model, and control flow–that will help not only appreciate what's behind modern technologies but also better understand business process models.
MGMT 3100: Managing Service Operations
Examines concepts, tools and techniques used in the management of service operations. Focuses on how firms add value and compete with high quality and efficient services. Emphasizes the use of models for designing new services and improving the effectiveness of service processes. Studies the application of technology in the context of productivity, growth and the globalization of services. Prereqs. BCOR 1010, 1020, 2500, and 52 hours completed. Formerly OPIM 3030.
Acquaints the student with multidisciplinary aspects of project management, including the relationship between schedule, project cost, and performance.
Offered irregularly to provide opportunity for investigation of new frontiers in Management.
Experience entrepreneurial culture through professional experiences
such as meeting entrepreneurs in the classroom,
internships, writing feasibility and business plans, and
developing other practical skills. For Leeds students only.
Preparing students to be able to get the right information to the right people at the right time, so that both strategic and operational decisions are made properly and quickly.
This is the second year students from Jim Marlatt's "Project Management" class have worked with Frontier Airlines, but it is the first time the students have researched the company's use of social media. Two representatives from Frontier discuss the students' project and the process they went through.
University of Colorado Boulder
July 9, 2012
Alumna Piya Sorcar ('01 information systems) began a non-profit that teaches people in 75 countries around the world about AIDS at no cost. MIT named Sorcar one of the top 35 innovators worldwide under the age of 35.
January 12, 2012
As part of a class research project at the Leeds School of Business, it was discovered that 21 of 90 dating websites did not properly remove location data from photos uploaded by their users.
Leeds School of Business
January 12, 2012
A research project conducted by an Information Management class at the Leeds School reveals that photos on some dating websites still contain GPS data which could compromise user safety.
Leeds School of Business
May 6, 2011
Professor Jim Marlatt was selected for the 2011 Joseph L. Frascona Teaching Excellence Award.