IS doctoral grad Cynthia Beath, Professor Emerita, University of Texas, Austin, was honored as recipient of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) LEO award for exceptional lifetime achievement at the recent International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) held online December 13-16, 2020. She is co-author with Jeanne Ross and Martin Mocker of the recent book, Designed for Digital: How to Architect Your Business for Sustained Success, MIT Press, 2019, which draws from five years of field research and case studies. For more information, see here.
Professor Burt Swanson is author of “How Information Systems Came to Rule the World: Reflections on the Information Systems Field,” The Information Society, 36, 4, 2020. In this article, he explores the history and future of the field, in particular around transaction facilitation. To access a copy, see here. Prof. Swanson also presented the paper, “Organizational Information in the Cloud of Interaction,” at the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), held online August 10-14, 2020. In this article, he revisits an earlier concept of organizational information and updates it to incorporate underrecognized machine agency within an open interaction network. To access a copy, see here.
IS doctoral grad Ping Wang, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, is author of the paper, “Connecting the Parts with the Whole: An Information Ecology Theory of Digital Innovation Ecosystems,” forthcoming in a special issue of the MIS Quarterly on next-generation information systems theories. In this important work, he addresses the question: In a digital innovation ecosystem, how are the efforts of autonomous parties integrated into a coherent whole and what role do digital technologies play in this integration? To access a preprint, see here.
The former UCLA Information Systems Associates has reconstituted itself as Innovate@UCLA under the office of Advanced Research Computing, led by Jim Davis, Vice Provost, IT. Its mission is to inspire business innovation and research partnerships with emerging technologies. Membership provides a connection to SoCal’s technology ecosystem and offers access to collaborative programs aligned with UCLA’s focus of education, research and service. The organization aims to play an important role as a local community in shaping the future of tech. Jim Rinaldi serves as Executive Director, following longtime leader Don Olender, who remains on the Board. Bill Martin, CIO, AEG Worldwide, serves as 2021 Chair.
On a sad note, Professor Emeritus Martin Greenberger passed away on September 22, 2020. A scholar of wide-ranging interests, Greenberger held a variety of prestigious appointments and positions in and out of academia, before joining our faculty in 1982 as IBM Professor of Computers and Information Systems. At the Anderson School, he taught a variety of courses on technology, ranging from introductory courses to advanced electives that addressed policy, management and finance. In the 1990s, he taught innovative courses on what were then new technologies, including those covering interactive multimedia and the digital media revolution. Over his long career, Prof. Greenberger authored or co-authored a dozen books, 13 book chapters and dozens of academic papers.