MIS Institutions

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

If you are interested in further information on this timeline or the website, please contact Richard Skinner at rjskinner@uh.edu.

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

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

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.

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.


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).

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.


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/

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)

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

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.

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