E. B. Swanson

Research Professor

Phone: (310) 825-3654

Fax: (310) 825-5456



E. Burton Swanson is Research Professor and Director of the Information Systems Research Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Until his recent retirement and recall, he also served as Area Chair for the Information Systems faculty. Professor Swanson began his academic career at UCLA in 1974. Earlier he worked with IBM, primarily in application system development, which began his interest in the then emergent field of information systems. Since obtaining his doctorate at UC Berkeley, Professor Swanson has held visiting positions in Germany, Belgium and England.

Professor Swanson is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) and also a recipient of its LEO award for exceptional lifetime achievement. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Information Systems Research, 1987-92. Earlier, in 1980, he was also a co-founder of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS). Professor Swanson's research examines the life cycles of systems in organizations, addressing issues of innovation, implementation, utilization, and maintenance. He has authored more than one hundred scholarly articles. His most recent work addresses organizing visions for innovating with IT, which seeks to explain patterns in the waves of innovation that characterize and sweep across the information systems field.

Until his retirement, Professor Swanson's teaching included MBA courses in information systems applications, measurement in information systems, enterprise systems, and web business. In later years, Professor Swanson also offered an undergraduate course in electronic commerce. He chaired or co-chaired 29 doctoral dissertations at UCLA Anderson and continues to work with visiting doctoral students from around the world.

Locally, Professor Swanson is a member of the Southern California chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM), and also works with the UCLA Information Systems Associates, a group of senior practitioners that provides support for the School.


Ph.D. Business Administration, 1971, UC Berkeley
MBA 1964, University of Michigan
B.S. Industrial Engineering, 1962, San Jose State College


Business Innovations, Enterprise Systems, Information Systems and Technology
  • Swanson, E. B.. (2013). Illuminating Organizing Vision Careers Through Case Studies. Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems,
  • Swanson, E. B.. (2012). Who Learns What from the New Human-computer Interaction: Toward a New Perspective. Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems, Revised version published in Database 44, 1, 9-17, 2013.
  • Swanson, E. B.. (2012). The Manager's Guide to IT Innovation Waves. Sloan Management Review, 53, 2, 75-83. [ Link ]
  • Gorgeon, A., and Swanson, E. B.. (2011). Web 2.0 According to Wikipedia: Capturing an Organizing Vision. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62, 10, 1916-1932. [ Link ]
  • Swanson, E.B., King, J.L., Benbasat, I., and Kemerer, C.. (2010). The Early Years of ISR: Recollections of the Editors. Information Systems Research, 21, 4, 665-674.
  • Yamauchi, Y., and Swanson, E.B.. (2010). Local Assimilation of an Enterprise System: Situated Learning by Means of Familiarity Pockets. Information and Organization, 20, 187-206.
  • Swanson, E. B. (2010). Information Systems. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, M. Bates and M. Maack (Eds.), Taylor & Francis, 2635-2642.
  • Swanson, E. B. (2010). Consultancies and Capabilities in Innovating with IT. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 19, 1, 17-27.
  • Currie, W. L., and Swanson, E. B. (2009). Special Issue on Institutional Theory in Information Systems Research: Contextualizing the IT Artefact. Editorial. Journal of Information Technology, 24, 283-285.
  • Gorgeon, A., and Swanson, E. B. (2009). Organizing the Vision for Web 2.0: A Study of the Evolution of the Concept in Wikipedia. Proceedings of WikiSym 09.
  • Ramiller, N., and Swanson, E. B. (2009). Mindfulness Routines for Innovating with Information Technology. Journal of Decision Systems, 13, 1, 13-26.
  • Wang, P., and Swanson, E. B. (2008). Customer Relationship Management as Advertised: Exploiting and Sustaining Technological Momentum. Information Technology and People, 21, 4, 323-349.
  • Ramiller, N. C., Swanson, E. B., and Wang, P. (2008). Research Directions in Information Systems: Toward an Institutional Ecology. Journal of the AIS, 9, 1, 1-22. [ Link ]