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Information Systems Research Program
Founded in 1978, the Information Systems Research Program (ISRP) promotes research that advances information systems practices around the world. It supports the ongoing IS research of UCLA Anderson's faculty and students, and further serves as a hub for scholarly communication and collaboration among IS doctoral graduates and program friends worldwide. It provides close ties to the IS professional community represented by members of the UCLA IS Associates.

The ISRP supports a variety of research and professional activities. It funds ongoing faculty research projects. It provides for research assistantships and needed equipment, and supports organized workshops such as WISRD and travel to scholarly conferences. It also supports a  Visiting Fellows Program. It maintains relationships with business firms that cooperate in and serve as sites for research. Among the IS Associates, a few participate in cooperative research as  IS Research Associates.

Beginning this year, following a recently held workshop that identified the need to bring researchers from multiple scholarly backgrounds together to address how IS might make the world a better place, the ISRP established connections to others doing related research at UCLA and other UC campuses in the interest of promoting productive exchanges and collaborations across multiple schools and locations.

Prof. Burt Swanson is director of the ISRP.

For further information, please contact:

E. Burton Swanson
Director, ISRP

Information Systems Area Chair
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Cornell Hall D502
Box 951481
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481


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.