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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 2017 LEO Winners!

Sirkka Jarvenpaa, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa is the Bayless/Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Chair in Business Administration at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin where she serves as the Director of the Center for Business, Technology and Law.  She was the first woman to hold the position of the Finland Distinguished FidiPro Professor, and also held the distinguished Marvin Bower Fellowship at Harvard Business School.

Dr. Jarvenpaa serves or has served as the senior editor or editor-in-chief for several journals: Journal of Association for Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, and Organization Science. She has served in numerous other leadership positions in her field.

Vallabh Sambamurthy, Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Vallabh Sambamurthy is the Eli Broad Professor and Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement at the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, research and leadership of professional associations including the AIS. He is a recipient of the William Beal Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor provided by Michigan State University.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research for six years, during which he enhanced its publication space, cycle time and global reputation as an elite academic journal for multidisciplinary research.

Sambamurthy has been extensively involved in the activities of the Association of Information Systems. He has served the ICIS and AMCIS conferences in numerous leadership roles and the AIS council on initiatives related to conferences and finances.

LEO Award Committee

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

  • 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)
  • KK Wei, National University of Singapore (term ends June 30, 2020)
  • Sirkka Javenppa, University of Texas, Austin (term ends June 30, 2020) 
  • Margunn Aanestad, University of Oslo (term ends June 30, 2020)

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

2016: Richard Baskerville, James Marsden
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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