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Fifth President of AIS: Bob Galliers

When Bob Galliers became the second AIS president from AIS Region 2 he had just stepped down as dean of Warwick Business School in the UK and was a visiting professor at INSEAD, France during the 1998-99 academic year. Bob is currently The University Distinguished Professor at Bentley University, having served as provost from 2002 to 2009.

During his term as president, he focused attention on:
  • Making AIS more international by relabeling the AIS Region 1 conference AMCIS: the Americas Conference on Information Systems, to go alongside ECIS and PACIS.
  • Initiating the LEO Awards and the AIS Fellows, to honor outstanding service to our academy and to help ensure that the contributions of those who developed and continue to develop our field would never be forgotten.

Following his term as president, he served as program co-chair for the 23rd ICIS, Barcelona, Spain, 2002, and also as track and panels chair for several ICIS and ECIS. In addition, he has given over 40 invited keynote addresses at major international conferences, including those held in Australia (ACIS); Czech Republic (EAIS); Finland (ECIS); India (IFIP); Ireland (IFIP); Israel (MCIS), and the UK (UKAIS).

Prior to his appointment at Bentley, he was research director in the Information Systems Department at the London School of Economics (LSE); Lucas Professor of Business Management Systems and Dean at Warwick Business School, both in the UK, and foundation professor and chair of the Department of Information Systems at Curtin University, Western Australia. He retains his links to the LSE as a visiting professor. Galliers began his professional career outside of academia, first in social work administration and then in management consulting.

Bob Galliers has held a number of visiting professorial appointments: in addition to the LSE and INSEAD, these include the University of St Gallen, Switzerland; National University of Singapore; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales; King’s College, London, and the European Institute for Advanced Management Studies, Belgium.

He has 11 books to his name – the most recent being The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems (Oxford University Press, 2011) – and is the author of over 70 journal articles. He has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems since its launch in December 1991. His research focuses principally on the process of information systems strategizing. His work has been cited more than 3,000 times.

Galliers is a fellow of AIS, the Royal Society of Arts, and the British Computer Society.

AB (honors, economics), 1970, Harvard; MA (with distinction, management systems), 1976, Lancaster; PhD (information systems), 1987,London School of Economics; Honorary Doctor of Science, 1995, Turku School of Economics & Business Administration, Finland.

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