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Professor Shirley Gregor wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Shirley Gregor wins Lifetime Achievement Award

12 September 2017

Leading researcher in Information Systems Professor Shirley Gregor has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Design Science Research.

This award was presented at the 2017 Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2017) conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, in recognition of Professor Gregor’s many outstanding contributions to the research, teaching and service activities of the Design Science Research community.

Professor Gregor said it was an honour to receive this award, a sign of appreciation and recognition from the research community.

“I was greatly honoured to receive this award from a community that is making significant contributions to how we do research in technological areas, which are so vital in today’s digital world,” said Professor Gregor.

Reflecting on her career to date, she says there have been many personal highlights. She is looking forward to future academic collaborations, and making further advancements within her field of research.

“What continues to give me real pleasure is the opportunity to work with colleagues around the world who have interesting ideas and share in exciting discussions.

“The focus of my work is on establishing how knowledge can be accumulated in applied sciences that include designed artefacts, such as information systems, computer science, mathematics, economics, management, education and so on. The aim is to build a type of “how to” knowledge that has academic rigour but can also be used to inform effective real-world activity, leading to impact for individuals, organizations and society,” Professor Gregor said.

Professor Gregor is the foundation Professor of Information Systems at the Australian National University, Director of the College of Business and Economics (CBE) Innovation Hub and a co-director of the National Centre for Information Systems Research.

Since 2006 Professor Gregor’s publications have included three influential papers in the field of knowledge systems that collectively have over 4000 citations.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems, and was the inaugural President of the Australasian Association of Information Systems (2002 – 2003). She was a Senior Editor for MIS Quarterly (2008 – 2010) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (2010 – 2013).

In 2005 Professor Gregor was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services as an educator and researcher in the field of information systems and in the development of applications for electronic commerce in the agribusiness sector.

In 2014 she was named a Schoeller Senior Fellow at Friedrich Alexander University in Germany, an honour that recognises research that contributes to responsible leadership in business and society.

Interim Dean of the College of Business and Economics Professor Steven Roberts commended Professor Gregor on this award.

“Congratulations Shirley, we are pleased to see your work within the field of knowledge systems recognised with this Lifetime Achievement Award from DESRIST. This honour is thoroughly deserved,” said Professor Roberts.

To read more about Professor Shirley Gregor’s achievements and her career journey from computer programmer to academic see this article by the ANU Gender Institute, published in 2012. 

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