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AIS Fellow Award

About the Award

The AIS Fellow Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the information systems discipline in terms of research, teaching and service. A Fellow need not have excelled in all three categories. Nonetheless, she or he is expected to have made exceptional contributions in at least one of these categories and to have made significant contributions in the other two categories. A Fellow is also expected to have made significant global contributions to the information systems discipline as well as outstanding local contributions in the context of their country and region.

The AIS Fellow Award was established in 1999 by the AIS Council and the ICIS Executive Committee.

AIS Fellows are expected to act a role model and an inspiration to colleagues and students within the information systems discipline. In addition, they should be capable of garnering the respect of individuals from outside the discipline who from time to time have an interest in the discipline. AIS Fellows should be esteemed for their high levels of professional and personal integrity.

Learn more about the 2016 Fellow Award Winners!

Guy Gable, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Guy G. Gable heads the Research-Systems Research Program, Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. He joined the National University of Singapore in 1986, then the QUT in 1994. His award-winning, practice-inspired thesis IS Consultant Engagement Success and preoccupation with conceptualization and measurement, spawned exploration of Enterprise Systems (ES) issues and impacts and knowledge management for ES success. Gable has been instrumental in growing IS research capacity in Pacific-Asia, having supervised 26 PhDs now pursuing successful academic careers in Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, China and the US, including two ACPHIS Thesis Medalists. Active within the organization, Gable has championed AIS in the Pacific-Asia, originated the Asia Pacific Directory of AIS, brought the third PACIS to QUT and initiated the first PACIS doctoral consortium in 1997. A dedicated Charter Member, he’s held a range of AIS roles, including Senior Editor of JSIS since 2003.

Paulo Goes, University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

Paulo Goes is the Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Before taking that role in March 2016, he served nearly eight years as Head of the Department of Management Information Systems and the Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology. He received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Rochester with specialization in Computers Information Systems. Goes is a strong believer that research impact in the field of MIS requires great commitment to inter-disciplinary collaboration when addressing industry-relevant problems. Goes co-founded INSITE – Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics and is the co-principal investigator of the multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation intended to educate the next generation of cybersecurity specialists. His research interests are in the areas of design and evaluation of IT-enabled business models, analytics, innovation exploration, ecommerce and online auctions, database technology and systems, and technology infrastructure. 

Alok Gupta, University of Minnesota

Alok Gupta is the Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and Curtis L. Carlson Schoolwide Chair in Information Management at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He was Chair of the IDSc Department at the Carlson School from 2006 to 2014. In 2014 he was named an INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) Distinguished Fellow. Recently, Gupta was selected as Editor-in-Chief of ISR with his first term starting in January 2017. Gupta was awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his research on dynamic pricing mechanisms on the internet. His research has won numerous other awards including IS Publication of the Year award from AIS and ISS Design Science award in 2011 and 2012. upta has been serving as Publisher of MIS Quarterly since 2005.

Wolfgang Koenig, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation

Born and raised in Germany, Wolfgang Koenig studied Business Administration with emphasis on Information Systems at Goethe University Frankfurt where he also obtained his PhD degree 1979. An early assignment at IBM Research San Jose on augmenting the relational prototype database system R* for technical applications and – after having been appointed Professor of Information Systems at the Koblenz School of Corporate Management – first research steps to apply or alter Artificial Intelligence for efficient airfreight composition made him appreciate this type of advancements as team efforts. In addition to teaching, Koenig also served as rector of the Koblenz School in 1986 - 1988. In 1990, after a second term at IBM Research (Yorktown Lab), he returned as chaired Professor of Information Systems to Goethe University, heading the IS department for eight years. There he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2008 - 2010. A dedicated mentor, Koenig’s ambition has been to pave the way for young academics. His research family comprises 60 PhDs – including eight internationally well-received professors.

Helmut Krcmar, Technische Universität München (TUM)

He is currently a member of the TUM Senate and TUM Board of Trustees and served as Dean, Faculty of Informatics. He is Scientific Managing Director of fortiss gGmbH, a non-profit research institute associated with TUM. He currently serves as Academic Director for the EMBA “Digital Business Transformation” and was Director of the EMBA “Communication and Leadership”. He is a Board Member of the Center for Digital Technology and Management and serves as Director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Informatics and its Applications. Krcmar has supervised more than 100 PhD students. Krcmar’s research interests include information and knowledge management, engineering, piloting, and management of innovative IT-based services, computer support for collaboration in distributed and mobile work and learning processes. Krcmar has been actively involved in AIS since its inception including serving as President from 2014 to 2015, AIS-Council Europe 1996 to 1997, Chairman ECIS 1996, Co-Chair Doctoral Consortium ICIS 1999, Program Co-Chair ICIS 2000, Co-Chair Doctoral Consortium ECIS 2015 and Co-Chair ECIS 2017.

Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University

Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen is a professor of information systems science at the Department of Information and Service Economy of Aalto University School of Business. Tuunainen received her PhD in 1999 from Helsinki School of Economics. She was the director of Aalto University Service Factory in 2010-2015. She has been a visiting professor/researcher in University of Hong Kong, University of Texas at Austin (USA), Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), University of Auckland (New Zealand), Roskilde University (Denmark) and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). She has been appointed by Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) to a Chalmer’s Jubilee Professorship in 2017. Tuunainen is the past VP of Publications of the AIS, and the past Chair of AIS SIG Services. She currently serves as Senior Associate Editor for EJIS. Tuunainen has been involved in organizing a number of conferences, including being conference co-chair for ECIS 2017, conference chair for ECIS 2011; organizing chair for DESRIST 2013; track co-chair for ICIS 2011, ICIS 2014 and ICIS 2017, and; mini-track co-chair for HICSS in 2004 - 2017.

James Thong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

James Thong is Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management (ISOM) in the HKUST Business School at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Thong obtained his PhD (IS) from the National University of Singapore in 1997. He has published 19 papers in ISR, MISQ, JMIS, and JAIS. Thong has served as Region 3 representative on AIS Council (2006-2008), and on the AIS Nominating Committee and Finance Committee. He is also an early member of PACIS and helped organize the 4th PACIS in Hong Kong in 2000. Since then, he has served as Program Co-Chair, Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair, Junior Faculty Consortium Co-Chair, and track Co-Chair. He has also participated in several AIS conferences as doctoral consortium faculty, junior faculty consortium counselor and mid-career consortium counselor. At HKUST, his efforts in developing new programs at both undergraduate and master levels have been successful in increasing enrollment of students studying IS.

Viswanath Venkatesh, University of Arkansas

Viswanath Venkatesh is a Distinguished Professor and Billingsley Chair in Information Systems at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Arkansas, he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on understanding the diffusion of technologies in organizations and society. He is most proud of his ongoing work in villages in India, which he has presented at the United Nations where he has also served on an expert panel on the advancement of women in less developed countries. tional behavior, psychology, marketing and operations management. He is recognized as one of the most influential scholars in business and economics—for example, in 2014, Thomson Reuters identified him to be among the top-1% most-cited scholars in business and economics. He has served the academic community in many ways, including developing and maintaining the IS research rankings website.

Qualifications for the Award

An AIS Fellow is expected to have made significant global contributions to the discipline as well as outstanding local contributions in the context of their country and region. Furthermore, AIS Fellows are expected to be role models to colleagues and students within the discipline. In addition, they should garner the respect of individuals from outside the discipline and should be esteemed for their high levels of professional and personal integrity. AIS Fellows must be current members of AIS and must remain members until they retire from full-time work.

AIS Fellows Award Committee

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

  • Chair: Jason Thatcher, Clemson University (Immediate Past President, committee term ends June 30, 2018)
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University School of Business (President, committee term ends June 30, 2019)
  • Ting-Peng Liang, National Sun Yat-sen University Taiwan (President Elect, committee term ends June 30, 2020)
  • Choon Ling Sia, City University of Hong Kong (term ends June 30, 2018)
  • Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University (term ends June 30, 2018)
  • Wynne Chin, University of Houston (term ends June 30, 2018)

The Selection Process

A description of the nomination and selection process can be found in Council Policy.

Previous AIS Fellow Recipients

2015: Alan Hevner, Ho Geun Lee, Suzanne RivardFrantz Rowe, Choon Ling Sia
2014: Yolande E. Chan, Prabuddha De, Alain Pinsonneault, Henk G. Sol, Hock-Hai Teo, Leslie Wilcocks
2013: Richard Boland, Wynne Chin, Guy Fitzgerald, Patrick Chau, Christina Soh
2012: Soon Ang, Roger Clarke, Alan Dennis, Elena Karahanna, Claudia Loebbecke, Ann Majchrzak
2011: Ritu Agarwal, Juhani Iivari, Jae Kyu Lee, Dorothy Leidner, Barnard Tan
2010: David Avison, Shirley Gregor, Arun Rai, Marco de Marco, Varun Grover
2009: Michael D. Myers, Joseph Valacich, Vallabh Sambamurthy, Sid Huff
2008: Dov Te'eni, Omar A. El Sawy, Rajiv Sabherwal, Joey F. George
2007: Rudy Hirscheim, Malcolm Carlyle Munro, E. Burton Swanson, Ilze Zigurs
2006: Cynthia Beath, Jane Fedorowicz, Ralph H. Sprague, Richard Thomas Watson
2005: Michael J. Ginzberg, John Leslie King, Allen S. Lee, Detmar Straub, Kwok Kee Wei
2004: Kalle Lyytinen, M. Lynne Markus, Dan Robey, Doug Vogel, Hugh Watson
2003: Robert Galliers, Rob Kling, Ken Kraemer, T. P. Liang, Carol Saunders, Robert Zmud
2002: Izak Benbasat, Dennis F. Galletta, Seev Neumann, Michael Vitale
2001: Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Jim McKenney
2000: Maryam Alavi, Gordon B. Davis, Phillip Ein-Dor, Frank Land, Henry C. Lucas, Jr., Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr., Ronald Arthur, Gerard Weber
1999: Chrisanthi Avgerou, Niels Bjørn-Andersen, Paul Gray, Blake Ives, William R. King, Iris Vessey, Ephraim R. McLean

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