Weatherhead professor Kalle Lyytinen wins prestigious LEO award | Weatherhead

Weatherhead professor Kalle Lyytinen wins prestigious LEO award

Posted 1.12.2014

Picture of Kalle LyytinenCongratulations to Kalle Lyytinen, PhD, associate dean for research at Weatherhead and Iris S. Wolstein Professor of Management Design, on receiving the prestigious LEO Award from the Association for Information Systems (AIS). The LEO Award is named after the Lyons Electronic Office--the world's very first commercial computer. This annual award is presented to outstanding individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the field of information systems. 

During his announcement of the 2013 LEO Award recipients, awards committee chair David Avison quoted from one nomination that declared Lyytinen "a ‘big ideas’ kind of scholar [who] wants to see the IS profession wrestle with such big ideas and achieve even greater prominence."

Lyytinen stated, “The first recipient of the LEO Award in 1999 was C. West Churchman--the grand figure of operations research and one of the founders of the field of information systems. West worked at Case Western Reserve University in the mid-60’s and created the first operations research PhD in the world here." 

He continued, "Being the recipient of the same award is a great and still-inconceivable honor which has truly humbled me. It is also testimony to the strong support and intellectual stimulus I have enjoyed while working with my colleagues" in the Department of Design & Innovation at Weatherhead.


Kalle Lyytinen recently published The Power of Customer Misbehavior: Drive Growth and Innovation by Learning from Your Customers. Learn more in a Q & A with Lyytinen explaining why Facebook succeeded where Friendster failed.


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