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AIS LEO Awards

About the Award

Established in 1999, this award, which is named for the world's first business application of computing (The Lyons Electronic Office), recognizes truly outstanding individuals in the field of information systems. All recipients of the LEO Award are outstanding scholars or practitioners who have made a global impact on the field of information systems

Established in 1999 by the AIS Council and the ICIS Executive Committee, the LEO Award is a singular honor to recognize seminal work by the award recipient.

As the title of the award implies, the contributions of award recipients will have been sustained throughout their careers. They will be truly outstanding scholars or practitioners who have made exceptional global contributions in the field of information systems. In addition, they will be regarded as a preeminent representative of their national or regional information systems community.

LEO Award recipients are expected to be a role model and an inspiration to colleagues and students within the information systems field. In addition, they should be capable of garnering the respect of individuals from outside the field, because their contributions will have had an impact in fields other than information systems. LEO Award recipients are highly esteemed for their exemplary professional and personal integrity.

Learn More about the 2016 LEO Winners!

Richard L. Baskerville, Georgia State University

Richard L. Baskerville is Regents’ Professor and Board of Advisors Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Computer Information Systems, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta. Baskerville also serves as Professor in the School of Information Systems, Curtin Business School, at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. His research specializes in security of information systems, methods of information systems design and development, and the interaction of information systems and organizations. Baskerville’s interest in methods extends to qualitative research methods and the design science research paradigm. Baskerville is the author of Designing Information Systems Security (J. Wiley) and more than 300 articles in scholarly journals, professional magazines, and edited books. Baskerville holds degrees from the University of Maryland (B.S. summa cum laude, Management), the London School of Economics, University of London (M.Sc., Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems, and PhD, Systems Analysis), the University of Pretoria (PhD hc, Engineering, Built Environment, and Information Technology), and Roskilde University (Dr.Sc. hc, Natural Sciences).

James Marsden, University of Connecticut

James R. Marsden is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the Department of Operations and Information Management (OPIM) at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He has been at UConn since 1993, serving fifteen years (1993-2008) as Head of OPIM. Previously, at University of Kentucky, Marsden was Founding Chair of the DSIS Department, Professor of DSIS and Professor of Economics. At UConn, he helped found and develop both the Connecticut Information Technology Institute and the Treibick Electronic Commerce Initiative and served many years as Executive Director of both. He received his A.B. from the University of Illinois, his M.S. and PhD from Purdue University, and completed an NSF Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Also holding a J.D., Jim has been admitted to both the Kentucky Bar and the Connecticut Bar. He has held visiting positions at KU-Leuven, University of Arizona, Purdue University, and University of York (England) (awarded University Colours - Men’s Basketball, 1978 - honest!).

LEO Award Committee

The LEO Award committee is comprised of AIS members as established in the Bylaws. Current committee members include:

  • Alok Gupta, University of Minnesota (term ends June 30, 2018)
  • Jungpil Hahn, National University of Singapore (term ends June 30, 2018)
  • Joe Nandhakumar, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (term ends June 30, 2018)
  • Carsten Sorensen, The London School of Economics and Political Science (term ends June 30, 2019)
  • Michael Myers, University of Auckland (term ends June 30, 2019)
  • Sue Brown, University of Arizona (term ends June 30, 2019)

The Selection Process

A description of the selection process can be found in Council Policy. If you would like to submit a nomination for this award, please use the online nomination form.

Previous Leo Award Recipients

2015: Dennis Galletta, Allen Lee, Kwok Kee Wei, and Dov Te'eni
2014: Joey George and Ting-Ping (T.P.) Liang
2013: Rudy Hirschheim and Kalle Lyytinen
2012: Bob Galliers and Detmar Straub
2011: Richard (Rick) Watson and Ron Weber
2010: Blake Ives and Carol Saunders
2009: Daniel Robey and E. Burton Swanson
2008: Dewald Roode, M. Lynne Markus, Robert W. Zmud and Kenneth L. Kraemer
2007: Izak Benbasat and Ephraim McLean
2006: Niels Bjørn-Andersen and Phillip Ein-Dor
2005: Andrew B. Whinston
2004: William R. King and Rob Kling
2003: Frank Land and John F. Rockart
2002: Jay F. Nunamaker and Paul Gray
2001: Richard O. Mason
2000: Gordon B. Davis
1999: C. West Churchman, J. Daniel Couger, Börje Langefors, Enid Mumford

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