Eighth President of AIS: Phillip Ein-Dor
Phillip Ein-Dor has been active in AIS since its inception. He was a member of the society’s organizing committee and chaired the 1994 committee that organized the first presidential elections, in which Bill King was elected president. Since then his roles included council member for Region 2 (1996-98), nominating committee chair (2001), president (2002-03), and is currently a member of the publications committee. In 2005 he founded the Israel Chapter of AIS (ILAIS) and has been its chair since then.
During his term as President, Ein-Dor defined three major issues requiring attention:
- Defining the nature of the IS field
Globalization initiatives included funding for surveys of the IS field in Eastern Africa and the Asia-Pacific region and scheduling the first AMCIS meetings outside the US and Canada starting with AMCIS 2006 in Mexico in 2006. Transparency included an improved budgeting process, especially creating a combined budget for AIS and ICIS, following the affiliation of the two organizations. Furthermore, a code of ethics for members and procedures for handling member misconduct were drafted as a result of the work of a committee headed by Malcolm Munro in response to ethical problems that had arisen. The AIS by-laws were clarified and missing elements incorporated. To help define the nature of the information systems field, a meeting of senior people in the field was held at ICIS in Barcelona and a Blue Ribbon Committee was formed to examine the role of the IS field.
In 1996, Ein-Dor was a member of the Publications Committee and together with Paul Gray, also a member of the committee at that time, proposed the establishment of two AIS journals – the Communications of AIS (CAIS) and the Journal of AIS (JAIS). This proposal was accepted by the council, and Paul and Phillip were appointed founding editors of CAIS and JAIS, respectively. Ein-Dor relinquished the role of editor of in 2002 on assuming the presidency of AIS. Currently he serves on the editorial and/or advisory boards of ten journals and has served as an associate editor of Management Science and MIS Quarterly.
Ein-Dor has been active in AIS conferences, including membership of the executive committees of the International (ICIS), European (ECIS), Pacific (PACIS), and Mediterranean (MCIS) Conferences. In 2010 he co-chaired the Fifth Mediterranean Conference.
Ein-Dor's research interests have included MIS, information system theory, artificial intelligence - especially natural language processing and commonsense knowledge representation, economics of computers and information systems, technology infrastructure and diffusion, Internet applications, and the digital divide. He has published four books, 7 book chapters, and more than 50 papers on various aspects of information systems and their management. His most frequently cited works are papers concerning the relationship between organizational context and management information systems and a book proposing a paradigm for MIS, all co-authored with Eli Segev.
From 1973 until his retirement in 2003 he was a professer of IS staff Tel Aviv University where he is now professor emeritus. Since 2005 he has been a faculty member of the Academic College of Tel Aviv - Yaffo, where he established an undergraduate program in information systems and is currently working on establishing an MBA program. While at Tel-Aviv University and on visiting appointments he directed 25 masters’ and 10 Ph.D. theses. He has held visiting appointments at leading departments on four continents, including New York University, Claremont Graduate University, the Naval Postgraduate School, The University of Capetown, the National University of Singapore, City University of Hong Kong, and ESSEC Business School.
Phillip was chosen as an AIS Fellow in 2000 and received the LEO Award in 2006. In Israel he was recognized as one of the founders of the IS discipline in the country. In 2010 Prof. Ein-Dor received an award from the Israel Chamber of Information System Analysts for "Primacy and Contribution in Founding, Establishing, and Strengthening The Information Systems Area in Academe.” Additional awards include incumbency of a Hui Sun Chair at National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan (2002) and an award from the Fourth Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems in "Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Information Systems in the Mediterranean Region.”
Ein-Dor was born in Melbourne, Australia and, after reading many adventure stories (especially P.C. Wren’s Beau Geste) and after serving in the Australian Cadet Corps as a Cadet Lieutenant, decided he would like a military career. His parents objected, and the upshot was that he would immigrate to Israel and serve in the military there, which he did (1952-55). Towards the end of that period his mother suggested university studies as an option; by then that appeared attractive and led, through several intermediate stages to an academic career. In the past, extracurricular interests included scuba diving (divemaster qualification), sailing (Red Cross sailing instructor), classical music and opera. Current interests are physical fitness, opera, classical music, classic films (especially German and Japanese), and reading (especially Balzac and Proust in the original French), detective novels, and current Hebrew literature).
B.A. (Economics and International Relations), 1957, and Diploma (Business Administration), 1960, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.Sc., 1970, and Ph.D.(Industrial Administration), 1971, Carnegie-Mellon University.