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AIS LEO Awards

About the Award

The purpose of the LEO Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in information systems, named after one of the world’s first commercial applications of computing (The Lyons Electronic Office), is to recognize truly outstanding individuals in the information systems community, both academics and practitioners, who have made exceptional contributions to research in and/or the practice 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.

LEO Award Committee

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

  • Nicolau Reinhard, University of São Paulo, São Paulo (term ends June 30, 2016)
  • Isabel Ramos, Universidad do Minho, (term ends June 30, 2016)
  • Fiona Rohde, University of Queensland Business School (term ends June 30, 2016)
  • Vallabh Sambamurthy, Michigan State University (term ends June 30, 2017)
  • Armin Heinzl, University of Mannheim (term ends June 30, 2017)
  • Kai Lim, City University of Hong Kong (term ends June 30, 2017)

The Selection Process

The Committee will determine the recipients of the Award by 30th October each year. 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

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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