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


Information systems (IS) doctoral grad Cynthia Beath is co-author with Jeanne Ross and Martin Mocker of the new 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 further information on this important new work, see here.

Professor Burt Swanson is author of “Technology as Routine Capability,” MIS Quarterly, 43, 3, September 2019. In this ambitious work, Swanson provides a fresh view of technological change in IS, arguing that new devices are necessarily fused with routines in the advancement of practices, with change occurring through modes of design, execution, diffusion and shift among practices. To access a copy of the article, see here

IS doctoral grads Cynthia Beath, Mary Culnan and Ping Wang organized a special Workshop on Information Systems Research and Development (WISRD), held at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, California, on August 19, 2019, on the occasion of Professor Burt Swanson’s 80th birthday. IS doctoral grads Louise Soe, Yutaka Yamauchi, Stephen Kwan, Randy Cooper and Malu Roldan, as well as colleagues Richard Mason, Christine Borgman and Richard Boland, participated in the program, along with other guests (for a copy of the program, see here.)

IS doctoral grad Vivek Choudhury has been appointed dean of the Daniels School of Business, University of Denver, effective August 1, 2019. Choudhury was previously professor of information systems and technology management at the George Washington University School of Business, where he also held several leadership positions.

Professor Burt Swanson presented the paper “Available to Meet: Advances in Professional Communications,” at the recent IFIP WG8.2 Working Conference on “Living with Monsters?,” held December 11–12, 2018, in San Francisco. He also gave a TREO talk on “Toward a New Platform for Citizen Interaction with Government” at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), held December 13–16, 2018, in San Francisco. Also participating at ICIS in San Francisco were former IS doctoral students Cynthia Beath, Ping Wang and Vivek Choudhury, as well as former IS faculty members Eph McLean, Lynne Markus and Mark Silver.

The UCLA Information Systems Associates celebrated their 40th anniversary at their Executive Leadership Dinner held November 8, 2018. Co-founder Professor Eph McLean, now at Georgia State University, attended. The IS Associates further established a memorial fund to aid UCLA students in honor of co-founder and former director Dr. Lew Leeburg, who passed away in April 2018. To learn about the fund, see here. For an account of Leeburg’s illustrious career with IBM and UCLA, see here.