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Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy Receives President’s Service Award From Information Systems Society

By Betsy Lundgren | Photography by Paul L. Newby II

October 17, 2022

Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy
Vallabh "Samba" Sambamurthy, Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business

Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy, Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business, received the 2022 INFORMS Information Systems Society President’s Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the information systems community.

The award honors distinguished academics who have exhibited extraordinary dedication to the information systems (IS) community over the course of their career. Awardees are deeply involved with Information Systems Society activities, administrative roles, and leadership positions that benefit the growth and impact of the IS field, the engagement of IS professionals, and broader impact to the IS and business community. The award also recognizes academics who support the IS community across the globe and have a positive impact on underrepresented parts of the IS community.

“On behalf of the Information Systems Society award selection committee, we congratulate Samba on this exciting achievement,” says Paul A. Pavlou, dean of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and chair of the award selection committee. “He truly has shown outstanding dedication to service in the IS community, through his editorial leadership roles at some of the most influential journals in our field, including Information Systems Research, advocacy for the Information Systems Society, and building community within the discipline.”

Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy accepts the President's Service Award from the Information Systems Society
Dean Sambamurthy accepts the Information Systems Society President’s Service Award. Pictured with Jason Chan, vice president of ISS.

A leading expert on how businesses compete in the digital economy, Sambamurthy’s work has been featured in leading academic journals and he has co-authored several books on digital transformation. He served as editor-in-chief of Information Systems Research (ISR) from 2004-2010 and is credited with developing a more cohesive and inclusive approach toward accepting a variety of research traditions. He also stewarded a five-fold increase in high-quality research publications in ISR.

In addition to his editorial leadership, Sambamurthy has served on several IS-related committees, including the INFORMS publication committee for three years. Sambamurthy’s leadership and advocacy on behalf of the Information Systems Society have yielded new awards, initiatives, and visibility for IS research and scholars.

Sambamurthy has earned many other honors for his contributions to teaching, research, outreach, and mentoring. The Association of Information Systems honored him with the LEO Lifetime Achievement award. He was selected as a distinguished fellow of the Information Systems Society at INFORMS, and he received the William Beal Distinguished Faculty Award—the highest honor accorded by Michigan State University. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.

Sambamurthy accepted the award at the 2022 Conference on Information Systems Technology in Indianapolis on October 15, 2022.

About the INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS)
The Information Systems Society (ISS) supports the intellectual interests of information systems scholars who are members of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). It provides support for academic forums such as the annual Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST), the spring Theory in Economics of IS (TEIS) workshop, the summer Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research (SCECR) conference, and the annual IT Teaching workshop. The society also provides support for editorial activities and publication of Information Systems Research. In addition, the society sponsors or supports several awards each year.