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APC Program Director
As the APC program director, Madeline Weiss take overall responsibility for the program and facilitates APC meetings. She is president of Weiss Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in organizational strategy and change, especially as they relate to information services and technology. With 35 years' experience, Weiss consults to global businesses (many in the Fortune 100), international non-profits, universities and professional organizations. She earned a Ph.D. and MS from The American University and serves on several business school advisory boards.
Address: 5711 Bent Branch Road, Bethesda, MD
Richard Thomas Watson
APC Research Director
Dr. Watson is the J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the Terry College at the University of Georgia. Professor Watson has published over 150 journal articles and written books on electronic commerce, data management, and energy informatics. His work has been accepted by leading academic and practitioner journals and has been translated into several languages. His most recent research focuses on IS leadership, the role of IS in creating sustainable business practices, and Energy Informatics. Dr. Watson has given invited presentations to practitioners and academics in more than 30 countries.
Professor Watson is a visiting scholar at Xi'an Jiaotong University, a visiting researcher at the Viktoria Institute in Sweden, and the International Coordinator for the PhD in Information Systems at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. In 2001, John Wiley & Sons appointed him as its consulting editor for its net-enhanced organization (NEO) series.
Dr. Watson has served as President of the Association for Information Systems, the major academic society for IS faculty, and was co-conference chair for the 2004 meeting of the International Conference on Information Systems, the pre-eminent IS conference. He has served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly, the leading IS journal.
Professor Watson received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he studied on a Fulbright award, and his MBA from Monash University in Australia. In addition he holds a Diploma in Computation and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Western Australia. He is a fellow of the Association for Information Systems and the Royal Society for the Arts. In 2011, he received the Association for Information Systems’ LEO award, which is given for exceptional life time achievement in Information Systems.
Address: Department of IMS Terry College, 316 Brooks Hall, Athens, GA
Heather A. Smith
APC Senior Research Associate
Heather A. Smith is the world’s most-published researcher on IT management issues (Clarke & Warren, 2006). A Senior Research Associate with Queen’s University School of Business, she is the author of three books: the award-winning Management Challenges in IS: Successful Strategies and Appropriate Action, Making IT Happen: Critical Issues in IT Management and Information Technology and Organizational Transformation: Solving the Management Puzzle. A former senior IT manager, she is currently co-director of the IT Management Forum and the CIO Brief, which facilitate inter-organizational learning among senior IT executives. As Research Associate for the Advanced Practices Council, she frequently collaborates with academics to bring a practical business focus to their research. Her most recent projects are with Emory University, Athabasca University, Boston University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales. Her research is published in a variety of journals and books including MIT Sloan Management Review, MIS Quarterly-Executive, Communications of the Association of Information Systems, Knowledge Management Research and Practice, Journal of Information Systems and Technology, Journal of Information Technology Management, Information and Management, Database, CIO Canada, and the CIO Governments Review.
Address: 4125 Marigold Cres, Mississauga ON Canada L5L 2A4
Vincenzo R. Nelli
SIM Program Manager
Vincenzo Nelli is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Advanced Practices Council, as well as the Regional Leadership Forum. If you have any questions regarding the APC, please contact Vincenzo.