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Bentley Professor M. Lynne Markus Receives 2008 Leo Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in Information Systems from AIS

January 13, 2009

M. Lynne Markus, the John W. Poduska, Sr. Professor of Information and Process Management at Bentley University, received the prestigious Leo Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in Information Systems from the Association of Information Systems (AIS), the premier global organization for academics specializing in Information Systems, at the International Conference on Information Systems in Paris, France, December 14-17, 2008.

Cammarata Professor of Management at Bentley, Sue Newell, was also honored with a Vision award for her work as VP, Communications for the AIS.

The Leo Award recognizes truly outstanding individuals in the Information Systems community, both academics and practitioners, who have made exceptional contributions to research in and the practice of Information Systems.

Professor Markus was honored by the AIS for her seminal work sustained throughout her career as a scholar in the field.  Recognized for making exceptional global contributions in Information Systems (I/S), Markus is regarded as a preeminent representative of the national I/S community.  She is only the second woman to receive the LEO Award since it was established in 1999.

Markus received the 2006 Publication of the Year Award from the AIS, the 2006 Best Paper of the Year award from MIS Quarterly, and Bentley University’s 2008 Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award.  Professor Markus was also chosen to be an AIS Fellow in 2004, joined by her Bentley colleagues Robert D. Galliers, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, and Jane Federowicz, the Rae D. Anderson Professor of Accounting and Information Systems.  The AIS Fellow award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Information Systems discipline in terms of research, teaching, and service.

At Bentley, Markus teaches courses on IT strategy and governance, enterprise and interorganizational systems, the management of IT-enabled organizational change, and research methods.  Her research interests include the organizational architectures of multinational enterprises, IT governance and the board of directors, data and process standardization, and interorganizational information sharing and systems.  She is the author or editor of five books and more than one hundred academic articles.  More information on Professor Markus can be found at

The annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) is the most prestigious gathering of I/S academics and research-oriented practitioners in the world. Each year approximately 45 papers and panel presentations are selected from over 200 submissions, and the ICIS Proceedings, available on CD-ROM through 2000, are in the permanent collections of libraries throughout the world.  More info can be found at

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