Hope Koch, a doctoral student in information and operations management, is one of 40 students worldwide headed to Barcelona in December for the International Conference on Information Systems’ Doctoral Consortium.

Koch was selected after a review of her dissertation, which involves case research on four e-marketplaces. Since starting her research in August 2000, she’s interviewed top management from companies worldwide.

“I am interviewing top executives in nearly 50 multinational corporations about what they think makes a successful business-to-business electronic commerce marketplace,” she says.

This is the top conference in the information systems field and Koch was selected from a record number of applicants.

“I feel very honored,” Koch says. “When I saw the list of students selected for the conference I noticed that they came from [very reputable b-schools]. I am thrilled for A&M to be included in this group.”