Distinguished alumni and former ISIG Professor Bob Galliers, (Phd ’87) has recently been awarded the LEO award, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Information Systems. He follows in the footsteps of Emeritus Professor Frank Land, who won the award in 2003.
After graduating with an AB (honors) in Economics from Harvard, and an MSc in Management Systems from Lancaster University, Galliers joined the LSE as a Phd student, graduating in 1987 after working closely with Professor Land. Galliers then went on to an illustrious teaching and research career that produced over 250 publications, books and book chapters over the past 30 years. He has also been a key note speaker in over 40 conferences, and awarded Honorary Doctor of Science from Turku School of Economics & Business Administration in Finland.
During the 1980s he became Curtin University’s inaugural Professor of Information Systems, serving as Head of the School of IS for seven years, during which time he lead the development of Australia’s first Master’s program to focus on the strategic, management and organizational issues and impacts of IT. He returned to the UK in 1989 as Lucas Professor of Business Management Systems at Warwick Business School, holding the directorship of its Master’s program in Business Management Systems until he became Dean in 1994. In 1998 he stepped down as Dean and moved to INSEAD, France on a visiting professorship, before joining the LSE’s Department of IS, where he was Research Director. He moved to the USA in 2002 as Provost of what was then Bentley College. He became Bentley University’s inaugural University Distinguished Professor in 2009, having served as Provost for seven years during which time he headed up Bentley’s progress to university status and EQUIS and EDAMBA accreditations.
“It’s of course a great privilege to have one’s work recognized by the international community in this way, but also very humbling,” said Galliers. “I would like to thank the AIS for this recognition, it is a great honour to be ranked among such luminaries of the field.” Galliers also stressed to LISA specifically, that it makes him very proud (albeit feeling a little old) that two out of the three Britons to win the award be closely tied to the LSE Information Systems Group.
One LISA student realized that a Wikipedia article did not exist for Bob, and decided to write it. It’s the Who’s Who of the post-Information age, to which LISA rains supreme.