IS History


Information systems (IS) at the UCLA Anderson School has a long and substantial history. In this section, we document and revisit this history. We are aided in this by an archive of Channel, a newsletter published 1974-1985. To revisit the early history of IS (C & IS as it was then known) as an academic area please see the Channel archive. Here are some extracted highlights.

  • Summer 1974

    Profs. Ephraim McLean and Kenneth Siler introduced the entire incoming MBA class to the capabilities of the APL programming language.

  • Fall 1976

    The newly formed C & IS Associates held their first meeting at the Kirkeby Center Restaurant in Westwood on Monday, October 23.

  • Spring 1976

    Prof. Clay Sprowls initiates a project to introduce students to the PSL/PSA system at GSM.

  • Winter 1979

    The C & IS Colloquium Series was inaugurated with Dr. Barry Boehm making the first presentation on January 11.

  • Fall 1979

    The 3rd MIS Career Night was held on October 10, with over 70 MIS executives discussing career opportunities with more than 120 GSM students.

  • Winter 1980

    The executive education program, "Managing the Information Resource," co-sponsored by C & IS and Nolan, Norton & Company, was launched, with 44 execs attending the opening session on January 20.

  • Summer 1980

    On Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, 34 MIS academicians and professionals met at GSM to plan the first Conference on Information Systems, to be held December 8-10 in Philadelphia.

    While the IS Area dates back to the early 1970's, computing at UCLA and AGSM has earlier important roots, going back to the SWAC computer in the 1950s. Prof. Clay Sprowls, a true pioneer in business school computing, provides a personal memoir. See also Prof. Sprowls' recent obituary.
  • IS Curriculum

    With the closure of the IS Area in July 2013, we include in our history the curriculum retired from the School at that time. Earlier versions of the curriculum, which underwent many changes over the years, are not presently available.

  • IS Colloquium Series

    Founded in 1979, the long-running Information Systems Colloquium Series for many years featured bi-weekly research presentations from scholars around the world. The last presentation in the series was held in February 2009. Please visit our IS Colloquium Archives for a complete history of speakers and presentations.


Working Paper Series


The  Information Systems Working Paper Series , now discontinued, was for many years a publication of the ISRP, providing for the early dissemination of research, usually prior to its more formal publication elsewhere. The IS Reprint series included these more formal publications, many of which supersede the original working papers. Updated through 2015, our  Index to IS Working Papers and Reprints can be downloaded by those interested.

Comments and feedback on working papers are welcome and should be directed to the authors. Because working papers are typically revised by their authors within months of their issuance, we maintain only the most recent years of the series for distribution. Most of these are downloadable in Adobe Acrobat format (if you don't have this, you can obtain it by clicking  here). For copies of older papers, please contact the authors directly.

Last working papers include:

E. Burton Swanson, "The Rise of Information Systems at the Graduate School of Management, UCLA"

E. Burton Swanson, "Technology as Routine Capability"

E. Burton Swanson, "Theorizing Information Systems as Technology: Might it be Fruitful?"

E. Burton Swanson, "A Simple Research Impacts Model with Application to the Field of Information Systems"

E. Burton Swanson, "Illuminating Organizing Vision Careers Through Case Studies"

Rana Tassabehji, "Towards Transformational E-Government: The Role of the Institutional Entrepreneur"