MIS Institutions

This Timeline provides a partial history of the institutions influencing the MIS Academic Discipline

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1916-09-01 00:00:00

American Accounting Association

The American Accounting Association promotes worldwide excellence in accounting education, research and practice. Founded in 1916 as the American Association of University Instructors in Accounting, its present name was adopted in 1936. The Association is a voluntary organization of persons interested in accounting education and research

1936-09-01 00:00:00

Academy of Management

In November 1936, Professors Charles L. Jamison of the University of Michigan and William N. Mitchell of the University of Chicago sent letters to teachers of management courses inviting them to a meeting at the Quadrangle Club, University of Chicago, to discuss the formation of an organization of educators to advance the philosophy of management. The professors attending the meeting on December 28, 1936, agreed that the new organization should be called the Academy of Management. Future annual meetings were to be used for exploring the organization's purpose and presenting and discussing scholarly papers

1945-01-02 17:49:06

IS Decision Support Systems (DSS) first use in "IS" field

If you click on the "find out more" button below, you will be taken to Professor Daniel J. Power's DSS Resource timeline that provides a full timeline history of the growth of DSS.

1947-09-01 00:00:00

Association of Computing Machinery

ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

1952-09-01 00:00:00

ORSA (Operations Research Society of America)

Founded in 1952, the Operations Research Society of America was the major U.S. society for operations researchers. It was merged with The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) into the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) effective January 1, 1995. The purposes of ORSA were (1) the advancement of operations research through the exchange of information, (2) the establishment and maintenance of professional standards of competence for work known as operations research, and (3) the improvement of the methods and techniques of operations research.

1953-09-01 00:00:00


The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) is an international society for practitioners in the fields of operations research (OR) and management science. It was established in 1995 with the merger of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA) and The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS).

1954-09-01 00:00:00

Management Science

Management Science is a scholarly journal that publishes scientific research on the practice of management. Within our scope are all aspects of management related to strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, information technology, and organizations as well as all functional areas of business, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations. We include studies on organizational, managerial, and individual decision making, from both normative and descriptive perspectives.

1957-05-19 02:22:23

University of Alabama: probably the first "MIS" Course

Dr. Charles Moore, who created Mississippi State's Business Statistics and Data Processing degree program in 1963, taught data processing classes at the University of Alabama in 1957, also in a college of business. Interestingly, Dr. Moore would bring his data processing students from Tuscaloosa (U of Alabama) to Starkville (Mississippi State) at night because Alabama did not have a computer yet! (With thanks to Dr. Rodney Pearson, Mississippi State University)

1961-09-01 00:00:00


Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems promotes best-practice and research in the management of information systems and technologies and the use of these systems and technologies. http://www.sigmis.org/

1963-05-19 02:22:23

Mississippi State University: 1st computing major in a college of business

The first computer major in a business school was seen in 1963 at Mississippi State University. It was Business Statistics and Data Processing, and it was in the College of Business. The first graduating class was 1966, with five graduates that year.

1965-05-19 02:22:23

Harvard University: 1st PhD in MIS awarded to Warren McFarlan

1968-05-19 02:22:23

Purdue University: ISDOS Project Initiated with Dan Tiechrowe, Jay Nunamaker and Jim Cash

For more information on background, please see link.

1968-05-19 02:22:23

Association for Information and Decision Science (AIDS) created

1968-05-19 02:22:23

MISRC - Gordon Davis, Jim Wetherbe

Management Information Systems Research Centre created.

1968-05-19 02:22:23

SMIS / SIM Founded

Great rapport between practitioners and academe!

1969-05-19 02:22:23

SIGMIS Journal (Database) Created

The ACM Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems promotes best-practice and research in the management of information systems and technologies and the use of these systems and technologies. SIGMIS is one of the oldest ACM Special Interest Groups and for decades has been instrumental in defining and developing the field of management and information systems

1970-05-19 02:22:23

Decision Science (AIDS / DSI) Journal created

Decision Sciences is a quarterly, professional journal that uses the latest computer technology, mathematical and statistical techniques, and behavioral science. The journal is subscribed to by more than 1,000 libraries and read by over 4,000 faculty and students in all functional areas of business, as well as by corporate-related personnel and consultants.

1971-07-20 19:33:30

University of Minnesota graduates its first MIS PhD: Ted Willoughby

It is believed that there are now 112 in the list! (Professor Ives is 14).

1974-07-20 19:33:30

"Conceptual Foundations" is written by Gordon Davis

"Bible" of MIS

1974-12-17 01:46:50

University of Arizona MIS Program created - Jay Nunamaker

1974-12-17 01:46:50

Centre for Information Systems Research (CISR) created

... under Jack Rockart. First definition of Critical Success Factors (CSF's).

1977-12-17 01:46:50

MISQ Journal Created

Management Information Systems Quarterly Created, SIM / University of Minnesota with Gary Dickson. The editorial objective of the MIS Quarterly is the enhancement and communication of knowledge concerning the development of IT-based services, the management of IT resources, and the use, impact, and economics of IT with managerial, organizational, and societal implications. Professional issues affecting the IS field as a whole are also in the purview of the journal.

1977-12-17 01:46:50

IFIP 8.2 Association created

The IFIP 8.2 working group focuses on the development and use of information technologies in organizational contexts, both broadly defined. The group seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge about and improve understand of the role and impact of information technology, and to improve the design and application of information technologies that are both useful and effective for individuals, groups, organizations and society at large.

1980-12-17 01:46:50

CIS Conference, University of Pennsylania

1984-08-02 15:14:17

Journal of MIS Created - Vladimir Zwass

The journal is a widely recognized forum for the presentation of research that advances the practice and understanding of organizational information systems. It serves those investigating new modes of information delivery and the changing landscape of information policy making, as well as practitioners and executives managing the information resource. A vital aim of the quarterly is to bridge the gap between theory and practice of management information systems.

1985-01-02 17:49:06

IBM award $2million each to 13 US Universities to help create and enhance IS doctoral programs

This was a significant event because it led to the creation of some new doctoral programs such as at Georgia State University and Claremont Graduate University (School then) here

1986-08-02 15:14:17

AIDS renamed "Decision Science Institute"


1987-08-02 15:14:17

CIS renamed as "ICIS"

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1989-08-02 15:14:17

TIMS / ORSA (Bill King, Paul Gray, Tom Cook)

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1990-01-02 17:49:06

Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) Created

Originally called the Australian Conference on IS, ACIS was later renamed the Australasian Conference on Information Systems.

1990-08-02 15:14:17

First ICIS conference outside of US (Copenhagen, Denmark)

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1990-08-02 15:14:17

ISR (Informs) Journal created - Burton Swanson

Information Systems Research (ISR) is a journal of INFORMS, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. ISR is a leading international journal of theory, research, and intellectual development focused on information systems in organizations, institutions, the economy, and society.

1990-08-02 15:14:17

Organization Science (INFORMS) Journal created

Organization Science is ranked among the top journals in management by the Social Science Citation Index in terms of impact and is widely recognized in the fields of strategy, management, and organization theory. Organization Science provides one umbrella for the publication of research from all over the world in fields such as organization theory, strategic management, sociology, economics, political science, history, information science, communication theory, and psychology.

1991-08-02 15:14:17

SIM Advanced Practices Council created (Warren McFarlan)

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1991-08-02 15:14:17

Information Systems Journal (ISJ) created

Information Systems Journal (ISJ) created by Professors Guy Fitzgerald and David Avison.

1993-08-02 15:14:17

European Conference on Information Systems, England 1993

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1993-08-02 15:14:17

Pacific Asia Conference on IS, 1993

Loose affiliations to AIS

1994-08-02 15:14:17

Association for Information Systems (AIS) created by Bill King, Paul Gray)

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1995-01-02 17:49:06

Index of Information System Journals Created

The Index of Information Systems Journals was created by Dr. John Lamp (Deakin University, Australia).

1995-08-02 15:14:17


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1995-08-02 15:14:17

Faculty Directory goes online

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1995-08-02 15:14:17

AMCIS Conference, Pittsburgh 1995

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1995-08-02 15:14:17

LEO / AIS Awards created - Churchman, Couger, Langefors and Mumford 1999

Named after one of the world's first commercial applications of computing (The Lyons Electronic Office), the purpose of the LEO Award is to recognize 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. The LEO Award will be a singular honor to recognize seminal work by the Award winner. The LEO Award was established in 1999 by the Council of the Association for Information Systems and the Executive Committee of the International Conference on Information Systems

1999-08-02 15:14:17

AIS Fellow Created 1999

The AIS Fellow award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Information Systems discipline in terms of research, teaching, and service. A Fellow need not have excelled in all three categories. Nonetheless, she or he is expected to have made exceptional contributions in at least one of these categories and to have made significant contributions in the other two categories. A Fellow is also expected to have made significant global contributions to the Information Systems discipline as well as outstanding local contributions in the context of their country and region.

1999-08-02 15:14:17

Communications of the AIS Journal Created - Paul Gray

The primary role of a professional society is to facilitate communication among its members. Communications of the Association for Information Systems carries out this role by publishing articles on a wide range of subjects of interest to the membership beyond research results.

2000-08-02 15:14:17

Journal of AIS Created - Philip EinDor

The Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS), the flagship journal of the Association for Information Systems, publishes the highest quality scholarship in the field of information systems. It is inclusive in topics, level and unit of analysis, theory, method and philosophical and research approach, reflecting all aspects of Information Systems globally. The Journal promotes innovative, interesting and rigorously developed conceptual and empirical contributions and encourages theory based multi- or inter-disciplinary research.

2000-08-02 15:14:17

MISQ Executive Journal Created - Jack Rockart 2002 (MIT)

Focuses more on Practitioner experience)

2001-12-02 15:14:17

Merger of ICIS and AIS, 2001

In December of 2001, the marriage of AIS and ICIS occurred.

2007-08-02 15:14:17

Senior Scholars Basket of Journals created

The Senior Scholar Consortium encourages colleagues, as well as deans and department chairs, to treat a "basket" of 8 journals as top journals in our field. Such a list is intended to provide more consistency and meaningfulness to tenure and promotion cases.

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