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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.

  • Jan vom Brocke

    Jan vom Brocke is Professor of Information Systems, he holds the Hilti Endowed Chair of Business Process Management and he is Director of the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Liechtenstein. His research focuses on business process management and related aspects of digital innovation and transformation, and he has published, among others, in MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), Journal of the Association for Information  Systems (JAIS), Journal of Information Technology (JIT), European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS), Information Systems Journal (ISJ), Communications of the ACM (CACM), and MIT Sloan Management Review (SMR). He is the founding President of the Liechtenstein Chapter of the AIS, past VP Education of the AIS (2014-2017), founding editor of the AIS Global IS Education Report, founder of EduGloPedia.org, the Global Encyclopedia for IS Education, co-founder and co-editor of Science2Practice.org, an initiative to communicate research findings to practitioners, and Advisory Board member of SIGGreen. Jan has served many of the AIS journals, including JAIS, CAIS and JITTA, and he has organized tracks, doctoral consortia and panels at all major AIS conferences incl. ICIS, ECIS, AMCIS, PACIS and ACIS. Specifically, Jan has been Conference Co-Chair of ECIS2015 in Münster as well as Co-Program Chair of ECIS2019 in Stockholm. Jan has been involved in IS education and scholarly development at 25 universities in 13 countries, and he has been awarded the AIS Innovation in Teaching Award 2013 and the AIS Outstanding Contribution to IS Education Award 2017. Also, he has been awarded the AIS Technology Challenge Award 2015, the ICIS Best Paper Award 2015, the AIS Senior Scholars` Best Publication Award 2016, and the ICIS Best Theory Paper Award 2017. His students won international prices, such as the Accenture Campus Challenge, SAP DemoJam, and the Liechtenstein Young Researcher Award, multiple times. They have also been recognized Lindau Nobel Prize Laureate Young Researchers. His group`s research has been reported, among others, by the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail, and Forbes. Together with his wife, Christina, Jan has two kids, Moritz and Marieke, and the family has attended many unforgettable AIS conferences together.

  • Andrew Burton-Jones

    Andrew Burton-Jones is a Professor of Business Information Systems at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Master of Information Systems from the University of Queensland, and a PhD from Georgia State University. He conducts research on systems analysis and design, the effective use of information systems, and conceptual and methodological topics.  His teaching interests are in systems analysis and design, IT risk management and audit, and the business value of IT.  Prior to returning to UQ, he was on the faculty of the University of British Columbia.  He has served the IS community through his work on editorial boards (MISQ, ISR, JAIS, I&O, AMD, JDM), council positions (for AIS and for the OCIS Division of AOM), and conference committees (e.g., Track Chair at ICIS, Program Co-Chair at PACIS and AMCIS, Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair at PACIS, and Junior Faculty Consortium Co-Chair at AMCIS).  Prior to his academic career, he was a senior consultant in a big-4 accounting/consulting firm.  He would like to take this opportunity to thank the AIS Fellow Award selection committee along with his mentors, colleagues, and students over the years from Georgia State University, University of British Columbia, and University of Queensland. 

  • Guoqing Chen

    Guoqing Chen received his Ph.D. from Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in 1992, and currently is EMC Chair Professor of Information Systems at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. Professor Chen was appointed the national Chang-Jiang Scholars Professor in 2005. He has numerous high-quality publications worldwide on both technical and behavioral information systems, including his recent studies on the “make” and “use” aspects of business analytics. Some of his publications appear in such journals as ACM TKDD/TMIS, Communications of ACM, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, IEEE TFS/TNN, Information & Management, INFORMS JOC, Journal of AIS, Journal of ASIST, Journal of MIS, MIS Quarterly, etc. He also developed a series of Harvard Business School cases on Chinese firms. Professor Chen has been principal investigator for a number of research initiatives such as NSFC major projects on emerging e-business and business analytics, and international collaboration projects with teams from Belgium, Czech, Germany, UK, USA, etc. He served as chair/co-chair and keynote speaker for many academic conferences. He was recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievements on Management in 2007 by Fudan Foundation, and IFSA Fellow in 2009 by International Fuzzy Systems Association. The courses Professor Chen taught at Tsinghua include Management Information Systems, Managing in the Age of Big Data, Advances in Information Systems, and Data-Models-Decisions. He received several Tsinghua and national awards on Excellence in Teaching. Many of his students were granted Excellent Dissertation/Graduate at the university, city and national levels. Professor Chen has been engaged in AIS activities in many ways, including various roles in ICIS conferences, co-chair of PACIS, etc. In particular, he served as founding president of China Association for Information Systems (CNAIS) in 2005-2013, which is AIS China Chapter and has developed well over years as the mainstream platform for the growth and impact of MIS community in China and the globe. In addition, Professor Chen has played a leading role in the development of information systems discipline and education in China, such as the expansion, curricula and national quality standards of MIS programs.

  • Robert Davison

    Robert Davison is a Professor of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the use and misuse of information systems, especially with respect to problem solving, guanxi formation and knowledge management, in Chinese organisations. He has published over 200 articles in a wide variety of our premier journals and conferences. He is particularly known for his scholarship in the domain of action research. He primarily teaches MSc and MBA students in the areas of IT consulting, Knowledge Management and Global Information Systems. Within the AIS, Robert chaired the research ethics committee for many years. He currently chairs the IFIP’s WG 9.4 (Social Implications of Computing in Developing Countries) and is the Editor-in-Chief of both the Information Systems Journal and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. Robert travels extensively, seeking to understand how people in different contexts and cultures make sense of their lives with IS. Professionally, he seeks to enhance the inclusion of scholars from the global south within our community. To this end, he frequently travels in developing countries where he offers research seminars and workshops, engaging with local PhD students and scholars. As a researcher and as an editor, he champions local and indigenous perspectives.

  • Ramesh Sharda

    Ramesh Sharda is the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Watson/ConocoPhillips Chair and a Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University. He has coauthored two textbooks (Analytics, Data Science, & Artificial Intelligence: Systems for Decision Support, 11th Edition, Pearson and Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Science: A Managerial Perspective, 4th Edition, Pearson). His research focuses on analytics/data science and has been published  in major journals in management science and information systems including Management Science, Operations Research, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Decision Sciences Journal, EJIS, JMIS, Interfaces, INFORMS  Journal on Computing, ACM Data Base and many others. He is a member of the editorial boards of journals such as the Decision Support Systems, ACM Data Base, and Information Systems Frontiers. Specific focus areas of his current research include health analytics and addressing deleterious effects of applications of data science/AI. Ramesh serves as the Faculty Director of Teradata University for Academics, a group of thousands of faculty and students from over 110 countries sharing teaching and learning resources in analytics/data science. He received the 2013 INFORMS Computing Society HG Lifetime Service Award, and was inducted into Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2016. At Oklahoma State he cofounded the PhD in Business for Executives program. Ramesh has served AIS in many capacities, including Conference co-chair for AMCIS 2009 (San Francisco), AMCIS 2016 (San Diego), member of AIS Council, ICIS Track chair, etc. He cofounded SIGDSA and currently serves as the Chair of its Executive Advisory Board. He is also serving as the Chair for ICIS 2020 Advisory Committee. He initiated the Big XII+ MIS Doctoral Consortium to allow research institutions in the midwest to get their PhD students and faculty together each year to exchange research ideas and career advice. This event that has been running successfully since 2003. Ramesh is a Fellow of INFORMS.

  • Jason Thatcher

    Thatcher is an MIS Endowed Faculty Fellow in the Culverhouse College of Business at the University of Alabama. Jason also holds faculty appointments at ITU-Copenhagen and Technical University of Munich (TUM)  and has close ties to the Information Systems community in Hong Kong, frequently visiting Hong Kong Baptist University, the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong. Jason’s background is interdisciplinary, earning B.A.’s in History (Cum Laude) and Political Science (Cum Laude) from the University of Utah as well as a M.P.A. from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the College of Business at Florida State University. This training is evident in his work that appears in Journal of the AIS, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, and Journal of Applied Psychology. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Salesforce.com, IBM, and other sources.  Jason served the community as President of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and as Senior Editor at MIS Quarterly.  He has also served as President of SIGADIT and Past Chair of the DIGIT Workshop.  He is a member of the Advisory Boards for the AIS Women’s Network and the IS Job Index National. He currently serves as a Senior Editor at Journal of the Association for Information Systems and is the future conference co-chair of AMCIS 2020 in Salt Lake City. Jason believes working with students is the best part of his job.  He won the College of Business and Behavioral Science 2008 Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award at Clemson University.  He was named to the Circle of Compadres by the KPMG foundation for contributions to mentoring minority Ph.D. students.  Jason gives (and raises) money to support engaging Ph.D. students from less wealthy countries in the AIS. Of all his accomplishments, Jason is proudest of his daughter – Olivia Mae, who, despite having a dad that travels too much loves to talk research, makes him actively question his own use of technology, and shares his love of our friends in the Information Systems community.  

  • Cathy Urquhart

    Cathy has been a major force in popularising and shaping grounded theory in the information systems field. One of her works on GT, written in 2001 as a new PhD graduate, ‘An Encounter with Grounded Theory’ gained early attention and was used in research methods classes in the discipline. Her ISJ work with Lehmann and Myers – Putting the Grounded Theory Back in Theory – was also influential. Her book Grounded Theory for Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide published by Sage in 2012 is well cited within and without the discipline. She is invited worldwide to present on grounded theory, in locations such as South Africa, Canada, Australia, Finland. She most recently presented in the Renowned Scholars series at Copenhagen Business School. Cathy is also an ICT4D researcher, supervising a number of PhD students in ICT4D. With Maung Sein and Sundeep Sahay, she co-edited a special issue for JAIS on ICT4D in 2017. Cathy is currently a SE for EJIS, and a guest editor for the new JAIS CFP on Social Inclusion. She has also served as a SE for MISQ and as a guest AE for MISQ.  Cathy has been active in the IS community since the early nineties, starting with her program chairing ACIS in 1993 through to co-program chair of ICIS in 2015. She has also served on AIS Council as VP for SIGs and Member Services, and approved a number of SIGs that remain influential eg SIGGTM, SIGSI, SIGGreen, SIGGlobDev. She has always been a voice for equality and diversity in our community, and was instrumental in helping set up SIG Social Inclusion, SIG GlobDEv, SIGGreen and SIG GTM, expanding the diversity of the research community of the AIS and incorporating 21st century concerns that we need to respond to in our research. She was also instrumental in the reshaping of the Women’s Breakfast towards a network in 2011. As co-convenor of ICIS Womens breakfast, with Eleanor Loiacono, she moved the breakfast from an annual networking opportunity to an all year round network that includes mentoring, and is a founder member of the AIS Womens College. 

  • Jane Webster

    Jane Webster received her PhD from New York University and holds the E. Marie Shantz Chair in Management Information Systems at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada. Jane has served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly, Program Chair for the International Conference on Information Systems, and VP Publications for the Association for Information Systems. Jane has published over 100 research papers appearing in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Information and Organization, Information Systems Journal, Information Systems Research, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Organizational Behavior, MIS Quarterly, and Organization Science. Her research investigates the impacts of technologies in the support of distributed work, organizational communication, employee recruitment and selection, employee monitoring, training and learning, and human-computer interaction issues. However, she might be best known for her editorial with Rick Watson on writing literature review papers (MISQ, 2002). Over the last 10 years, Jane’s passion has been to study ways in which to encourage more environmentally sustainable behaviors in organizations. One of the ways she has done so is by applying gamification to the issue – and this has allowed her to come full circle from her 1989 thesis concerning computer playfulness in the workplace. This passion has also translated to her personal life, where she gave up her car five years ago, enjoys doing hippy things like making her own washing soap, and has almost transformed from being a vegetarian to a vegan.

  • Debbie Compeau, Washington State University

    Deborah (Debbie) Compeau is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research and the Hubman Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Washington State University. Prior to joining WSU, she held faculty positions at The University of Western Ontario (2000-2015), University of Calgary (1998-2000) and Carleton University (1991-1998). She has also held visiting positions at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and ESSEC Business School. 

    Her research focuses on the interaction between people and information technologies (IT) in organizations. Her specific interests include information technology-related self-efficacy, user training and learning and the adoption and implementation of IT. Recent projects have focused on the implementation of IT in healthcare settings. She has taught information systems at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. She is an author of more than 30 teaching cases and has conducted workshops on teaching with cases in the U.S., Canada, France, and Germany.

  • Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, UNSW Business School

    Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic is a Professor of Information Systems at the UNSW Business School, Sydney, Australia. She has served as a Presiding member of the UNSW Business School and as Head of School of Information Systems and Technology Management. 

    She has published over 165 peer-reviewed articles in the leading international journals, edited volumes and conferences in Information Systems (IS), including MIS Quarterly; Information Systems Journal; Journal of Information Technology; European Journal of Information Systems; Journal of Strategic Information Systems; IT & People; Communications of AIS; Decision Support Systems and Information and Management. Her work focused on qualitative interpretative IS research, based on ethnographic and field studies of IS development, use and implications; she has also engaged with the critical theoretic perspective to study negative social consequences of IS phenomena and ethical implications of digitization and datafication. More recently she has been exploring sociomaterial and process approaches seeking to overcoming the limits of traditional research paradigms. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council.
    Dubravka has developed and taught across a range of UG and PG programs. She initiated and led the development of the shared PhD research methods courses in the UNSW Business School, including Qualitative research methods course that she has co-taught for the last decade. She has supervised to completion 32 PhD students in total (16 PhD students since joining UNSW Business School in 2002). She was the recipient of the Business School “Outstanding Research Supervision Award for 2010”.

  • Mark Keil, Georgia State University

    Mark Keil is a Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University where he is the John B. Zellars Professor of Computer Information Systems in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.  He holds B.S.E., S.M., and D.B.A. degrees from Princeton University, M.I.T. Sloan School, and Harvard Business School respectively.  His research focuses on IT project management and includes work on preventing IT project escalation, improving IT project status reporting, identifying and managing IT project risks, improving project control, managing IT implementation projects, and overcoming barriers to system use.  He has published over 100 refereed journal articles in outlets such as: MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Sloan Management Review, and California Management Review. 

    Keil currently serves as a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management Information Systems.

  • John Mooney, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

    John Mooney is Associate Professor of Information 
    Systems and Technology Management and Academic Director of the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Previously, Dr. Mooney served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Department Chair for Strategy, 
    Entrepreneurship, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. Prior to joining Pepperdine, he was on the faculty at the UCD Schools of Business from 1987 to 2001. He was a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research from 2010-2011. 

    In 1994, Mooney created the ISWorld Listserv (now AISWorld) and participated in the development and hosting of web-based resources for the global IS community over the next decade. In recognition of these efforts, he was the 2009 recipient of the AIS Technology Legacy Award. He was elected as the AIS Council Representative for Region 2 from 1998-2001. In 2004, he was elected as AIS Vice President for Chapters and Affiliated Organizations. During his tenure, he led a major initiative to cultivate country chapters that resulted in the formation of the Benelux, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, MidWest US, Peru, Poland, and Turkey chapters and the incorporation of IRIS as the Scandinavian Chapter.

    He currently serves on a number of editorial boards including MIS Quarterly Executive and the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

  • Sudha Ram, University of Arizona

    Sudha Ram is Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of MIS, Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.  She has joint faculty appointments as Professor of Computer Science, member of BIO5 Institute, and Institute for Environment.  She is the director of  the INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Ram received a Ph.D.  from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985.  Her research is in the areas of Enterprise Data Management, Business Intelligence, Large Scale Networks and  Big Data Analytics.  Her work uses different methods such as machine learning, statistical approaches, ontologies and conceptual modeling. Dr. Ram has published more than 200 research  articles in refereed journals, conferences and book chapters.  

    She has received more than $60 million in research funding from organizations such as, IBM, Intel Corporation, SAP, Ford, Raytheon Missile Systems, US ARMY, NIST, NSF, NASA, and Office of Research and Development of the CIA. Dr. Ram served as the senior editor for Information Systems Research, and is currently  a senior editor of Journal of AIS and on the editorial board for many leading Information Systems journals. She is also a co-editor in chief of the Journal on Data Semantics and a founding editor for Journal of Business Analytics. She is a cofounder of the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS) and serves on the steering committee of many workshops and conferences including the Entity Relationship Conference (ER).  Dr. Ram has published articles in such journals as Communications of the ACM, IEEE Expert, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems, Information Systems Research, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly. 

  • Jan Recker, University of Cologne and QUT Business School

    Jan Recker is Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow, Chaired Professor for IS and Systems Development at the University of Cologne, and Adjunct Professor at the QUT Business School. He previously held positions such as inaugural Woolworths Chair of Retail Innovation and Leader, Digital Innovation Research Group, at Queensland University of Technology and Visiting Professor, Wuhan School of Software.

    His research focuses on Digital Innovation, Systems Analysis & Design and the role of IT for Environmental Sustainability. Being a field researcher, he has worked with a large number of organizations in a variety of sectors, including Woolworths, SAP, Hilti, Commonwealth Bank, Federal Police, federal and state governments, technology startups and others. Jan has written over 200 journal articles, conference papers and books. His research has appeared in leading information systems, management, software engineering, project management, computer science, and sociology journals. He has also written popular textbooks on scientific research and data analysis in information systems, which are used by over 500 institutions across 60 countries for research training. He has held visiting scholar positions at the University of British Columbia, Humboldt University Berlin, University of Mannheim, The University of Liechtenstein, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Oulu, University of Hamburg, Vlerick Business School, Vienna University of Business and Economics, Nanjing Institute of Technology, and others.

    Recker has held various service roles. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Communications of the Association for Information Systems, one of two flagship journals of the AIS, and has served in that position since 2015. He is also currently Associate Editor for the MIS Quarterly and has also served in associate and/or senior editor roles for journals such as the Information Systems Journal, the European Journal of Information Systems, and the Journal of IT Theory and Application.

  • Veda Storey, Georgia State University

    Veda C. Storey is the Tull Professor of Computer Information Systems and Professor of Computer Science at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University. Her research interests are in intelligent information systems, data management, conceptual modeling, and design science research. Dr. Storey is a member of the AIS College of Senior Scholars and an advisor to the Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems. She has served as a program co-chair for the International Conference on Information Systems, a member of the executive committee, a member of the Senior Scholars Best Paper Awards committee, and a member of the Sandra Slaughter Award committee. 

    Storey is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference of Conceptual Modeling, where she has the honor of being an ER Fellow and a recipient of the Peter P. Chen Award.  She received the Georgia State University 2018 Teaching Innovation Award for her work on experiential and interdisciplinary teaching.  Dr. Storey was granted her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in Flute Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto.  She wishes to thank her kind colleagues who nominated her for this award and the members of the selection committee who bestowed this honor.

  • Youngjin Yoo, Case Western Reserve University

    Youngjin Yoo is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Information Systems at the Department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is the faculty director of xLab at Case Western Reserve University, a multi-disciplinary public-private partnership for digital transformation. He is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK. and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, UK.  He has worked as Innovation Architect at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, overseeing the digital transformation efforts at one of the largest teaching hospital systems in the country. He has taught digital innovation strategy at Indian School of Business, Aalto University in Finland, and KAIST in Korea. He was also a research associate at NASA Glenn Research Center. 

    He has received more than $4.5 million in research grant from National Science Foundation, NASA, James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, the Department of Commerce, and National Research Foundation of Korea. His work was published at leading journals including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, the Communications of the ACM, and the Academy of Management Journal. His research work focuses on the unique nature and consequences of digital innovation. He was Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly, the Journal of AIS, the Journal Information Technology, and the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.

  • Susan BrownUniversity 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: Alan Dennis, Indiana University (Immediate Past-President, committee term ends June 30, 2021)
  • Brian Fitzgerald, Lero, University of Limerick (President, committee term ends June 30, 2022)
  • Patrick Chau, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (President-Elect, committee term ends June 30, 2023)
  • Veda Storey, Georgia State University
  • Virpi Tuunainen, Aalto University School of Business
  • Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, UNSW Business School

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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