Waikato seeks e-commerce chair

One of the country's first chairs in electronic commerce technologies is being sought by Waikato University.

Title: Chair in electronic commerce, Waikato University, Hamilton

Function: Teach students, lead research, seek funding for research, administration

Description: Top-level academic role, answerable to dean or head of Department of Management Systems

Dosh: $100,000-$110,000 (agency estimate)

One of the country’s first chairs in electronic commerce technologies is being sought by Waikato University.

The institution's Waikato Management School in Hamilton is seeking an academic to start work by year-end.

E-commerce is a new area of study at the university, which launched New Zealand’s first Bachelor of E-Commerce last year, which now teaches 160 students.

The Professor of Electronic Commerce Technologies will lead the academic direction in this field, work with other university departments and build up the university’s reputation for research. The "technologies" in the title is intended to emphasise that it's an IS rather than marketing role. The chair is in the Department of Management Systems, which offers courses and conducts research within the areas of information systems, supply chain management, decision making and electronic commerce.

Department head Jim Corner says the role is largely academic, as a professor within the department. Teaching, research, trying to find funds for research, work with doctoral students and helping co-ordinate e-commerce initiatives within the management school are all part of the role. The candidate also has to be able to help with the administrative tasks of the Bachelor of E-Commerce degree.

Experience needed includes a relevant doctoral degree, such as a PhD in e-commerce or information systems, research experience in electronic commerce or business information systems, academic leadership, supervision of advanced degrees and experience in relationships with funding agencies. Business experience is also an advantage.

Corner, an American, says the successful candidate is likely to be an academic, possibly from overseas.

The chair is a top-of-the-ladder position as an academic, answerable to the dean and the head of department. The person will be in charge of students, but as yet, no budget.

The salary is negotiable, but Corner says he cannot say what it is.

Craig Parsons at Icon recruitment says with professor salaries having a $92,000 base and its e-commerce aspect being worth an extra $15-20,000, he expected a salary of $110,000-$120,000.

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