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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 2017 Fellow Award Winners!

Susan Brown, University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management

Professor Susan Brown is the MIS Department head at the Eller College of Management at Arizona State University. She has served in an editorial capacity for a number of journals including Co-Editor-In-Chief for AIS Transactions on Replication Research, Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly, Associate Editor for Decision Sciences, Editorial Board Member for the Journal of the AIS, Editorial Board Member for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Associate Editor for Information Systems Research, and Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly. She has also been involved with major AIS conferences in a variety of roles, including doctoral consortium, mid-career faculty workshop, junior faculty consortium, track co-chair, and AE. She has had similar roles at AMCIS as well, and has had active roles in SIGADIT, SIGCPR and IFIP.

Brian Fitzgerald, LERO-The Irish Software Research Centre

Brian Fitzgerald is Director of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, where he previously held the position of Chiel Scientist. He also holds an endowed professorship, the Krehbiel Chair in Innovation in Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick (UL), and served as Vice President Research at UL from 2008-2011. He has also held visiting positions in Italy, Austria, Sweden, US and UK. He holds a PhD from the University of London and his research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing open source and inner source, crowdsourcing software development, agile and lean software development, and global software development.


His publications include 15 books, and over 150 peer-reviewed articles in the leading international journals and conferences in both the Information Systems and Software Engineering fields, including MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Information Systems Research (ISR), IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering Methodology (TOSEM).
Prior to taking up an academic position, he worked in the software industry for about 12 years, in a variety of sectors (including finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, bespoke software development) in a number of countries (Ireland, Belgium, Germany). He has been very successful in winning competitive research grants from a variety of funding agencies, including the EU, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

Kai Lim, City University of Hong Kong

Kai H. Lim is the Yeung Kin Man Chair Professor of Information Technology Innovation and Management and Director of PhD Program and Chair of Research Committee at the Information Systems Department, City University of Hong Kong (CityU), which houses one of the largest Information Systems Department with more than 70 fulltime PhD students currently enrolled. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 1996. His research interests include cross-cultural issues related to information systems management, IT-enable business strategy, e-commerce, social media, mobile commerce and e-Health.


Kai served two terms as a Senior Editor of MISQ (2011-2016) and served on the editorial board of ISR (207-2011), MISQ (2002-2005) and JAIS (2002-2011). His research has appeared in premier journals, such as MISQ, ISR, JAIS and JMIS.

Since 2000, Kai has served various roles in ICIS and PACIS, including Co-Chair and Faculty Mentor for Doctoral Consortium, Faculty Mentor for Junior Faculty Camp, Program Committee Member/Track Co-Chair, Associate Editor and Reviewers. He is also an Honorary Professor of Fudan University, China (2013-present) and Wuhan University, China (2012-2015). Kai frequently delivers speeches and mentors junior colleagues in different parts of the word, especially China, to foster the growth and development of the AIS community.

Jeanne Ross, MIT

Jeanne W. Ross directs and conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at MIT CISR’s more than eighty global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. Her work has appeared in major practitioner and academic journals, including MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, MISQ Executive, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Management Information Systems, IBM Systems Journal, and CIO Magazine.

She is co-author of three books: IT Savvy: What Top Executives Must Know to Go from Pain to Gain (2009), Enterprise Architecture as Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution (2006) through Harvard Business School Press, and IT Governance: How Top Performers Manage IT Decision Rights for Superior Results (2004). She has served on the faculty of customized courses for a number of major corporations, including PepsiCo, McKinsey, General Electric, TRW, Pfizer, News Corporation, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, IBM, and Credit Suisse. She regularly appears as a speaker at major conferences for IT executives.

Jeanne earned a BA at the University of Illinois, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is a founding senior editor and former editor in chief of MIS Quarterly Executive.

Sue Newell, Sussex University

Sue Newell is a Professor of Information Systems and Management, at Sussex University in the School of Business, Management and Economics (BMEc). She is also currently the Head of the Department of Business and Management. She has most recently worked at Bentley University in the USA and at Warwick University in the UK. She has a BSc (first class honours) and PhD from Cardiff University, UK. Sue’s research focuses on understanding the relationships between innovation, knowledge and organisational networking (ikon) - primarily from an organisational theory perspective. She was one of the founding members of ikon, a research centre based at Warwick University.

Sue is the Director of Studies (UG and PG) in the Department of Business and Management at BMEc, Sussex. Previously she was the Director of the PhD Program at Bentley and led the effort to design, develop and implement two new PhDs – one in Business and one in Accountancy. This was the first PhD program to be implemented by Bentley, and its implementation involved gaining internal faculty support as well as external authorization from the various accrediting bodies, including the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, NEASC, EQUIS and AACSB. The skills and abilities to take these leadership role were developed in previous administrative assignments – Research Director (Nottingham Businress School, UK), Director of External and Executive Programs (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK), Master’s Program Director (Aston University, UK).

Sue has taught at all levels -- undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and executive -- and focuses on designing innovative courses that emphasize the practical relevance of solid theorietical foundations. She has substantial experience of curriculum innovation and development.

Suprateek Sarker, University of Virginia

Professor Sarker teaches courses on data management, systems analysis and design, management of IT in organizations, and qualitative research approaches.
His research, which is largely qualitative in nature, has been published in such journals as MIS Quarterly; Information Systems Research; Journal of Management Information Systems; Journal of the Association of Information Systems; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; European Journal of Information Systems; Decision Support Systems, Information Systems Journal; Journal of Strategic Information Systems; Journal of Information Technology; Information Technology & People; MIS Quarterly Executive; Communications of the AIS; Communications of the ACM; ACM Transactions on MIS; ACM Database, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication; IEEE Software; Decision Sciences Journal; and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as the Institute for the Study of Business Markets.


He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Journal of the AIS (as editor-in-chief), Decision Sciences Journal (as a senior editor), MIS Quarterly (as a senior editor emeritus), Journal of MIS (as a member of the Board of Editors), and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (as an editorial board member). He is also a past editor-in-chief of Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Research.


Professor Sarker holds (or has held) visiting professorships or visiting scholar positions at the University of London (United Kingdom), Aalto University (Finland), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Vaxjo University (Sweden), National Economics University (Vietnam), Cesar Ritz University Center (Switzerland), University of Mannheim (Germany), University of Oulu (Finland), University of New South Wales (Australia), National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan), and University of Sydney (Australia, upcoming), among others.

Diane Strong, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Diane Strong is a professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Robert A. Foisie School of Business. Her research interests include Healthcare Information Systems and Technology, Data and Information Quality andEnterprise Systems and their uses in organizations. At WPI, she teaches business data management, managing the IS function, IS Management and more.


Strong earned her MS and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University and has had many articles published in IEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, MIS Quarterly, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information & Management, Organization Science, and more.


Strong has served in several capacities for the Association for Information Systems, as an active member of many SIGs, a member of the AIS Council, and most recently as conference co-chair of AMCIS 2017.


She has been recognized with the WPI Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Award, the WPI Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship, and more.

Eric Wang, National Central University, Taiwan

Eric T.G. Wang is Information Management Chair Professor at National Central University, Taiwan (ROC). He received his Ph.D. degree in Business Administration, specialized in computer & information systems, from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester. His research interests include electronic commerce, outsourcing, organizational economics, and organizational impact of information technology.

Wang has published more than 70 journal papers with many in such top journals as MISQ, ISR, Management Science, JMIS, JAIS, and Decision Sciences. Among many topics Eric has worked on, the most notable is research related to interorganziational information systems and supply chain management. Since the publication of his well-known paper, (1995), “Electronic Data Interchange: Competitive Externalities and Strategic Implementation Policy” (with Abraham Seidmann) in Management Science, Eric has continued to work on the research issues related to interorganizational information systems and supply chain management. His later related works have appeared in such journals as MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Decision Science, and many others, contributing economic reasoning to the theoretical development in IOS and SCM. His papers in this area have been widely read and cited. In addition, Eric’s research on ERP and then later project management has also developed such theories as country-of-origin and the cascading effect of ERP implementation. His work in this topic has also published in many prestigious journals such as Journal of MIS, Journal of AIS, European Journal of Information Systems, and others. Overall, Eric’s publication record has allowed him to win various most prestigious national research awards. He also won many best paper awards at various conferences such as PACIS, E-CASE, and APDSI.

Wang has served on the editorial board of many local and international journals. He has been as an Associate Editor of Information & Management since January 2012, and a Section Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of AIS. Eric also served on the editorial board of Journal of AIS for two years (2011-2012). In addition, Eric currently serves on the editorial board of almost all leading local journals in Taiwan, e.g., Journal of Information Management, Journal of E-Business, Sun Yat-Sen Management Review, Journal of Management and Systems. He helped found the Journal of E-Business, which now is one of the two top IS journals in Taiwan.

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

2016: Guy GablePaulo GoesAlok GuptaWolfgang KoenigHelmut KrcmarJames ThongVirpi TuunainenViswanath Venkatesh
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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