From 1993 to 2004, WISRD, a small, annual, invitation-only workshop founded by Professors Burt Swanson and Lynne Markus, brought together information systems (IS) faculty, doctoral students and alumni of four major IS research programs in Southern California for mutual learning on a theme of current interest.

Among the benefits of the workshop were professional relationships and collaborations that continued throughout the year. Held at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead, the workshop was organized and funded in part by the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Information Systems Research Program. Claremont Graduate University; University of California, Irvine; and University of Southern California also participated.

Brief History of WISRD at Lake Arrowhead


ISRP at Lake Arrowhead

Date Theme Special Guest
April 23 – 25, 1993 Research for Practice
April 9 – 10, 1994 The New IS Professional Michael Vitale, Ernst & Young
March 31 – April 2, 1995 Documents in the Digital World Blake Ives, SMU
April 19 – 21, 1996 Electronics and the Dim? Bright? Future of the University Peter Rothstein, Lotus Institute
March 21 – 23, 1997 Resources for the Region: Developing Southern California’s IT Infrastructure John D. Hwang, City of Los Angeles
April 17 – 19, 1998 The Enterprise Package Phenomenon—and Its implications for Teaching, Research and Practice
April 16 – 18, 1999 Important Current Problems in IS Research John L. King, UCI
April 14 – 16, 2000 The Electronic Economy Ron Wood, IBM
April 20 – 22, 2001 Business Impacts of Peer-to-Peer Networking Cynthia Beath, UT Austin
April 19 – 21, 2002 The Future for Web Services John Hagel
March 28 – 30, 2003 Learning from IT Innovation Practice Jeanne W. Ross, MIT
March 19 – 21, 2004 Organizational Learning with IT Brian Pentland, Michigan State University