SIGMIS Lifetime Achievement Award

The SIGMIS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the recipient’s dedication to promoting excellence in the MIS profession over a substantial period. A lifetime achiever serves as a superior role model to their peers. Recognized achievements can include technical innovations, publications, leadership, teaching, mentoring, and service to the MIS community.

2020 – Thomas W. Ferratt

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas W. Ferratt, Professor Emeritus at the University of Dayton, is the recipient of the 2020 ACM SIGMIS CPR Lifetime Achievement Award.  He served in leadership roles, including Chair, Conference Chair, and Program Chair, with ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Personnel Research (SIGCPR).   Subsequent to its merger with SIGMIS, he continued to serve in leadership roles with the CPR Conference.  Consistent with the conference theme, a major stream of his research has focused on the management of information systems professionals.  His research has been published and featured in a variety of publications, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, MIS Quarterly Executive, Communications of the ACM, The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Information and Management, Communications of the AIS, Academy of Management Journal, Human Relations, Decision Sciences, and Computerworld

His 2000 MIS Quarterly paper with Bob Roepke and Ritu Agarwal, “Aligning the IT Human Resource with Business Vision: The Leadership Initiative at 3M,” received first place in the 1998 SIM Paper Competition.  More recently, his 2016 paper with Fred Niederman and Eileen Trauth, “On the Co-Evolution of Information Technology and Information Systems Personnel,” in The Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, received a 2017 Senior Scholars AIS Best Information Systems Publications Award,

Dr. Ferratt’s academic career, beginning with his doctoral program at The Ohio State University in 1970, now spans 50 years.  Prior to retirement at the end of 2016, he was at the University of Dayton for thirty years (1986-2016), where he served as an associate dean (1997-2000) and held the Sherman-Standard Register Endowed Chair in Management Information Systems from 2003 until his retirement.  He also was on the faculty at Drake University (1974-84), where he served as a department chair (1980-82), a visiting faculty at Indiana University (1984-86), and a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California (2015). 

He served as an Associate or Senior Editor on the editorial boards of MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems.  He has collaborated on three books, serving as co-author with Ritu Agarwal of Coping with Labor Scarcity in Information Technology – Strategies and Practices for Effective Recruitment and Retention (1999), co-editor with Fred Niederman of IT Workers – Human Capital Issues in a Knowledge-Based Environment (2006), and, most recently, co-author with Jerry Power of The Real-Time Revolution – Transforming Your Organization to Value Customer Time (2019). 

2019 – Ephraim R. McLean

The Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (SIGMIS) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced the establishment of its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.  The first recipient Is Ephraim R. McLean, a Regents’ Professor and holder of the G.E. Smith Eminent Scholar’s Chair in the Department of Computer Information Systems in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

ACM, with over 100,000 members, is the largest and oldest society in the computing field.  SIGMIS, founded in 1961 to focus on business data processing (as opposed to scientific computing), is the second-oldest special interest group within ACM.  Professor McLean was presented with the Award for “a lifetime of achievement in the information systems field” at the SIGMIS International Conference in Munich, Germany in December 2019.    

Professor McLean has been a member of SIGMIS and of ACM since 1969, and for eight years (1994-2002) was the editor-in-chief of SIGMIS’s DATBASE for Advances in Information Systems, the oldest business-oriented computer publication in continued existence. In 2007, he was designated as an ACM Distinguished Lecturer.  McLean began his career in computing in 1962 while working for Procter & Gamble; so this is his 58th year in the computer field and 50 years as an information systems (IS) professor.

McLean has written extensively in the IS field, with over 31,000 citations of his published works.  His book, Information Technology for Management (1996), co-authored with Efraim Turban, was for many years the second-largest selling IS textbook in the world.  His book, Strategic Planning for MIS (1977), co-authored with McKinsey consultant, John Soden, was the first book published on IS planning.  However, he is perhaps best known for his development of the DeLone and McLean Model for Measuring IS Success, which since 1992 has led to 12 co-authored publications about the Model.