The AIS Leadership Excellence Award is given annually to a single person for leadership and innovation in the use and development of information systems. Dantley Davis is the recipient of the 2021 AIS Leadership Excellence Award.

The AIS LEO Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in information systems, named after one of the world’s first commercial applications of computing (The Lyons Electronic Office), recognizes truly outstanding individuals in the information systems community, both academics and practitioners, who have made exceptional contributions to research in and/or the practice of information systems. 2021 LEO Award winners include: Alan Dennis, Alok Gupta, and Dorothy Leidner.

The AIS Fellow Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the information systems discipline in terms of research, teaching and service. 2021 AIS Fellows include: Manju Ahuja, Michel Avital, Ming-Hui Huang, Atreyi Kankanhalli, Lars Mathiassen, Ojelanki Ngwenyama, Raghav Rao, and Maung Sein. 

The AIS Doctoral Student Service Award recognizes volunteer contributions made by doctoral students toward the success of AIS conferences, journals and programs. 2021 AIS Doctoral Student Service Award winners are: Yue Cheng, Guanghua School of Management Peking University; Sarah Hoenigsberg, Chemnitz University of Technology; Prateek Jain, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Yafang Li, Washington State University – Pullman; Long Nguyen, University of Massachusetts – Amherst; and Rongen (Sophia) Zhang, Georgia State University. 

The Sandra Slaughter Service Award recognizes longstanding members who have provided leadership within the Association, particularly through such activities as participating in the SIGs/chapters/colleges, strengthening the conferences, and participating in AIS-sponsored journals. The 2021 Sandra Slaughter Service Award winners are: Marie-Claude Boudreau, University of Georgia; Alexandre Graeml, Federal University of Technology – Parana (UTFPR); Carol Hsu, University of Sydney; Lakshmi Iyer, Appalachian State University, Fiona Nah, City University of Hong Kong; Stacie Petter, Baylor University; and Stefano Za, Università degli studi “G. d’Annunzio”. 

The AIS Early Career Award recognizes individuals in the early stages of their careers who have already made outstanding research, teaching, and/or service contributions to the field of information systems. 2021 AIS Early Career Award winners are: Panagiotis Adamopoulos, Emory University, Goizueta Business School; Taha Havakhor, Temple University, Fox School of Business; Zach Lee, Durham University; Yixin Lu, The George Washington University School of Business; Yenni Tim, University of New South Wales (UNSW) Business School; and Lior Zalmanso, Tel Aviv University.

AIS is excited to introduce a new award this year, the AIS Impact Award, to recognize the impact of information systems research beyond academia. Impactful research can be a powerful individual motivator. Seeing that one’s own research delivers societal value and helps business succeed is rewarding in its own right.

Winners include: 

  • Edgar Whitley and Roser Pujadas for their work on Consumer Privacy Regulation in UK Financial Services
  • Joe Valacich, Jeff Jenkins for their work on Neuro-ID Behavioral Analytics
  • Karin Väyrynen, Arto Lanamäki for their work on Technology Regulation in the Finnish Taxi Industry
  • Carmen Leong, Felix Ter Chian Tan, Amelia Fauzia, Fithra Faisal for their work on Empowering Digital Entrepreneurs in Rural Asian Communities
  • Roman Beck, Christoph Mueller-Bloch, John L. King for their work on Development of International Standards for Blockchain Governance

The AIS Vision Award is given to those who have contributed to the technology vision for the association. The VISION award is given to those who have articulated a strategic thrust for the association. The 2021 AIS Vision Award goes to:

  • Frantz Rowe, Redouane El Amrani and Moez Limayem as ECIS 2021 co-chairs
  • Yolande Chan and Marie-Claude Boudreau as AMCIS 2021 co-chairs
  • Doug Vogel, Kathy Ning Shen and Pan Shan Ling as PACIS 2021 co-chairs
  • Joey George and Souren Paul as ICIS 2020 co-chairs

The AIS Technology Challenge Award is given to those who make significant contributions to the development of AIS resources. This year, AIS Challenge award winners worked to develop and deliver fully virtual conferences using new and existing platforms to be successful. At the start of the pandemic our colleagues identified a need for an inclusive space to discuss the implications of the pandemic on higher education and the field of IS. Blake Ives, Munir Mandviwalla, and Rick Watson were honored with the 2021 AIS Technology Challenge Award.

Each year, AIS recognizes those who have made important and innovative strides in information systems education by awarding three different awards to deserving candidates at the International Conference of Information Systems.

The winner of the AIS Award for Outstanding Contribution to IS Education goes to:

  • Simha Magal, Georgia State University, Robinson College of Business

The AIS Award for Innovation in Teaching recognizes innovation in teaching approaches/techniques (pedagogy) as well as in delivering courses and programs. This award specifically focuses on the uniqueness/innovativeness that increases student interest and drives achievement. The 2021 Innovation in Teaching award goes to:

  • Michael Erskine
  • Mohammad Merhi
  • Daniel O’Leary

The AIS Award for Best Conference Paper in IS Education recognizes the importance of pedagogy research in the Information Systems field. Papers that focus on IS education-related topics at any AIS sponsored or affiliated conference are eligible for the award. 

The Distinguished Member Memorial Award honors members of the AIS community who have made significant contributions to the field of information systems but, unfortunately, passed away before they could be considered for an AIS Fellow or AIS LEO Award. Recipients of the award are considered to have advanced the field through research or service.

The Senior Scholars have annually recognized up to five papers with a Best Information Systems (IS) Publications Award. This award was established to recognize the breadth of high quality work that is being published in the information systems discipline, and was designed to bring outstanding papers across a range of journals to the attention of the IS community, and to give due credit to the journals in which they are published. 2020 winners include:

  • “Understanding Echo Chambers and Filter Bubbles: The Impact of Social Media on Diversification and Partisan Shifts in News Consumption” By Brent Kitchens, Steven L. Johnson and Peter Gray for MIS Quarterly.
  • “Augmenting the algorithm: Emerging human-in-the-loop work configurations” By Tor Grønsunda and Margunn Aanestad for Journal of Strategic Information Systems.
  • “Onward and Upward? An Empirical Investigation of Gender and Promotions in Information Technology Services” By Nishtha Langer, Ram D. Gopal and Ravi Bapna for Information Systems Research.
  • “Who Is the Next “Wolf of Wall Street”? Detection of Financial Intermediary Misconduct” By Jens Lausen, Benjamin Clapham, Michael Siering, and Peter Gomber for Journal of the Association for Information Systems.

The ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award has been awarded annually to at least one outstanding MIS dissertation. The 2021 ACM SIGMIS Doctoral Dissertation Award goes to Mohammadreza (Reza) Ebrahimi, supervised by Hsinchun Chen, at the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management, for the dissertation titled “AI Enabled Cybersecurity Analytics: Detecting and Defending against Cyber Threats”. Ebrahimi is now at the University of South Florida.

ICIS 2021 also featured numerous excellent papers. Best Student Papers included:

  • Runner up: “Understanding Failures of Emergency Warning Systems from a Representation Perspective: A Case Study from Germany” By Diana Fischer-Pressler, Dario Bonaretti, and Kai Fischbach.
  • Runner up: “Microfoundations of Dynamic Capabilities for Platform Ecosystem Establishment: Evidence from Enterprise IoT” By Christian Marheine and Dimitri Petrik.
  • Winner: The Economics of 5G and the Mobile Economy” By Chenshuo Sun and Anindya Ghose.

Best Theory Papers included:

  • Runner up: “Finding Simplicity in Complexity – Towards an Integrative Understanding of Online Community Sustainability” Assia Lasfer and Emmanuelle Vaast.
  • Winner: “The Effect of Bots on Human Interaction in Online Communities” By Hani Safadi, John P. Lalor, and Nicholas Berente.

Kauffman Best Student Papers included:

  • Winner: “Making Charity Crowdfunding Work: An Empirical Study of Project Promotion for Improving Donor Contributions” By Seung Jong Lee, Kyung Pyo Kang, Junghee Lee, Vish Krishnan, and  Jae Hong Park. 
  • Winner: “Training Personalized Recommender Systems with Biased Data: A Joint Likelihood Approach to Modeling Consumer Self-selection Behaviors” By Yansong Shi, Cong Wang, Xunhua Guo, and Guoqing Chen.

Kauffman Best Paper is:

  • “Regulating Algorithmic Learning in Digital Platform Ecosystems through Data Sharing and Data Siloing: Consequences for Innovation and Welfare” By Jan Kraemer, Shiva Shekhar, and Janina Hofmann.
  • “Token-Centric Work Practices in Fluid Organizations: The Cases of Yearn and MakerDAOe” By Nina-Birte Schirrmacher, Johannes Rude Jensen, and Michel Avital.

Best Short Papers include:

  • Runner up: “Moment or Movement – An Empirical Analysis of the Heterogeneous Impact of Media Attention on Charitable Crowdfunding Campaigns” By Michelle Müller, Stefanie Müller, Janina Seutter, and Dennis Kundisch.
  • Runner up: “Creativity in data work: agricultural data in practice” By Tomislav Karacic, Wendy Günther, Anastasia Sergeeva, and Marleen Huysman.
  • Winner: “Ensembles of Human and Digital Sensors: Faithful Representations Through Hybrid Sensing Systems” By Roman Zeiss, Christian Hovestadt, and Friedrich Chasin. 

Best Completed Research Papers include:

  • Runner up: “FinTechs Playing in the Sandbox — The Effect of Interacting Signals on Funding” By Marko Kraljev, Tessa Flatten, and Bastian Kindermann.
  • Runner up: “Feedback Messages During Goal Pursuit: The Dynamic Impact on mHealth Use” By Monica Fallon, Konstantin Schmidt, Okan Aydinguel, and Armin Heinzl.
  • Winner: “Intention-based Deep Learning Approach for Detecting Online Fake News” By Kyuhan Lee and Sudha Ram.

To view the ICIS 2021 Awards Booklet, click here.