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Renowned IS Scholar John Rockart Passes Away

Tuesday, March 4, 2014  
John (Jack) Rockart, senior lecturer emeritus at MIT, sadly passed away on February 3rd, 2014 leaving behind his wife Elise, daughter Elise B “Liesl,” and her partner David Bernat, son, Scott, and his wife, Lauren, and three granddaughters: Elise “Ella,” Lydia, and Carina.

Many considered Rockart to be the father of critical success factors thinking, which is essential to effective investment IT. Rockart was also widely recognized for his leadership of MIT's Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), his founding role for the leading academic-practitioner IS journal (MIS Quarterly Executive), and his mentorship of dozens of Ph.D. students and young faculty.

Rockart has also contributed considerable time to the Association of Information Systems. Twice he served as general co-chair of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). He was part of the planning group that launched ICIS, aiming for credibility of IS as a field within academia.

In 2003, Rockart’s research and leadership were acknowledged by the Association for Information Systems; he was awarded the LEO Award by the association, the highest recognition given by the leading international professional association of IS management. Each year the LEO Award is given to one or two truly outstanding individuals. who act as role models to colleagues and students and are well-regarded by their academic peers as well as those outside of the field for their professional work and personal integrity.

Rockart’s colleagues at CISR have developed a blog for the many who wish to reflect on his contributions as a person and a scholar.

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