Seventh President of AIS: Blake Ives
In an editorial statement in the March 1993 issue of the MIS Quarterly, Blake, at the time the editor-in-chief of the quarterly, joined the four past editors (Gary Dickson, James Emery, Bill King, and Warren McFarlan), in calling for the formation of a professional society for information systems. This editorial was among the wellsprings of AIS and Blake’s first involvement with the future society. In December of 2001, as outgoing president of AIS and the incoming chair of the ICIS Executive Committee, Blake celebrated the baptism of his three month old baby daughter Julie, and, that same evening in Julie’s great, great, great grandfather’s New Orleans restaurant, Antoines, and with the restaurant’s giant signature dessert, a baked alaska, the marriage of AIS and ICIS.
Subsequently, Blake also played a role, along with Gordon Davis, Eph McLean, and Gordon Davis, in the establishment of the relationship between AIS and the MIS Quarterly, as well as the formation and the subsequent transfer to AIS of AIS World. He was also a champion of the AIS Distribution List, a project for which John Mooney at University College Dublin, and Rick Watson of the University of Georgia, played key roles.
Previously, Blake had played an instrumental role in moving the MIS Quarterly online, including developing its first web pages, helping to implement an online reviewing system, and, with the assistance of Reagan Ramsower of Baylor, moving the quarterly’s archive online.
He was the senior author of "What Every Business Student Needs to Know about Information Systems" published in CAIS in 2002. In this article, a task force of 40 prominent information systems scholars conclude that information systems is an essential body of knowledge for business school students to acquire and presents the core information systems concepts with which all business school students should be familiar.
Blake was a co-chair of two of the International Conferences on Information Systems (Dallas, New Orleans) and co-chair of the first doctoral consortium of ICIS to be held outside of the United States (Copenhagen).
In 2011 he was chosen to receive the LEO Award for life time achievement in information systems. In 1999, he was in the very first group of fellows of the Association for Information Systems. He is also the winner of both the Atlas and Technical Challenge Awards for founding and subsequent contributions to AIS World (nee, ISWorld). He has also been a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School, a John Olin Fellow at Templeton College, Oxford and a visiting faculty research Fellow at IBM. In 2002 he was awarded the AITP’s Educator of the Year designation.
He has long been involved with the Society for Information Management, a professional association of CIOs. He served on SIM’s national board and as Director of Research for its Advanced Practice Council.
Blake’s scholarship includes highly-cited work in the areas of information satisfaction, computer graphics, user involvement, global information systems, customer service with information systems, sustainable competitive advantage through information systems, virtual education, virtual teams, and virtual reality in business. He has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including, among others, Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Sloan Management Review, Journal of MIS, Decision Sciences, IEEE Computer, IBM Systems Journal, and Database.
Blake is currently a professor and the Charles T. Bauer Chair in Business Leadership at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston which he joined in 2001, following positions on the faculties of Dartmouth, Louisiana State University, Southern Methodist University, and Binghamton University, SUNY. He has been a visiting member of faculty at University College Dublin, London Business School, Tulane University, and the University of Georgia.
He is currently on the editorial boards of several journals including Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery and senior editor of MISQ Executive. He is a former editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly and a former member of the Information Systems Research editorial board.
BS, 1969 and MS (Computer Science), 1970, SUNY Albany; PhD (MIS), 1978, University of Minnesota.