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IT Impact and Management: 1960-2020 by Dr. F. Warren McFarlan

Friday, December 18, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Pritchett

Twenty-five years ago, Professor F. Warren McFarlan, Baker Foundation Professor and Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and three of his colleagues published one of the first—and most popular— textbooks for IS management courses.  Corporate Information Systems Management (now in its 8th edition and called Corporate Information Systems Strategy and Management) has guided many students through the wonders of information systems technology management and use.

IT impacts—and the management practices that have attempted to control them—have a brief but fascinating history. Reviewing that history can inform our understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing businesses in the digital economy. Warren McFarlan wrote some of the earliest cases about the use of information technology in business. He has continued to study IT impacts and management as CIOs became senior level executives, boards of directors started to recognize the importance of technology in business success, and developments like Big Data, the Cloud, mobile devices and other technologies started transforming the way we do business. In this keynote speech, Professor McFarlan, offers a rich retrospective on our field: where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

Professor McFarlan earned his AB from Harvard University in 1959, and his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1961 and 1965 respectively. He has had a significant role in introducing materials on Management Information Systems to all major programs at the Harvard Business School since the first course on the subject was offered in 1962. He was Senior Associate Dean and Director of Research from 1991 to 1995, Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations from 1995-2000, and Senior Associate Dean and Director of Asia Pacific from 1999-2004. Professor McFarlan was Guest Professor and Co-Director of the Case Development Center at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management from July 1, 2009 to August 31, 2014.

Download and review Professor McFarlan's ICIS 2015 keynote address slides.


Matthew L. Nelson says...
Posted Monday, December 28, 2015
Professor McFarlan received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his keynote speech during ICIS 2015. It was truly an amazing and inspirational presentation and one that I will never forget. THANK-YOU Professor McFarlan!

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