"ESSEC’s dynamism draws its greatest strength from a faculty capable of combining the richness of its European heritage with the complexity of a global world." Vincenzo Esposito-Vinzi, Dean for Faculty and Faculty Affairs
Because education excellence depends on quality educators, ESSEC strives to recruit dedicated, highly qualified professors. The three assets that best characterize ESSEC faculty are academic excellence, a global frame of mind an original and outstanding pedagogy. On this page, you will find profiles for all of our professors and other research staff.
HDR, University of Nantes 'Reflective Research in Information Systems' PhD, Information Systems, Aston University, 'A Contingency Framework for Information Systems Development' MSc, Applications in Computing (CNAA) now London Metropolitan University BSc, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Leicester FAIS Fellow of the Association for Information Systems FBCS Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS)
David Avison is Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at ESSEC Business School, near Paris, France. He joined ESSEC in 2000 after being Professor at the School of Management at Southampton University for nine years. He has also held posts at Brunel and Aston Universities in England, and the University of Technology Sydney and University of New South Wales in Australia, and elsewhere. He was President of the Association of Information Systems (AIS) for 2008-9. He was founding editor of Blackwell Science's Information Systems Journal, rated as a 'core' international research journal in information systems. So far, twenty-five books are to his credit including the fourth edition of the well-used text Information Systems Development: Methodologies, Techniques and Tools (jointly authored with Guy Fitzgerald) and most reently Information Systems Project Management (with G. Torkzedah) Sage. He has published a large number of research papers in learned journals, edited texts and conference papers. He was Chair of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) 8.2 group on the impact of IS/IT on organisations and society and was also vice chair of IFIP technical committee 8. He was past President of the UK Academy for Information Systems and also chair of the UK Heads and Professors of IS and is presently member of the IS Senior Scholars Forum. He was joint programme chair of the International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS) in Las Vegas, joint programme chair of IFIP TC8 conference at Santiago Chile and again in Milan, Italy, programme chair of the IFIPWG8.2 conference in Amsterdam, panels chair for the European Conference in Information Systems at Copenhagen and publicity chair for the entity-relationship conference in Paris and chair of several other UK and European conferences. He also acts as consultant and has most recently worked with a leading manufacturer developing their IT/IS strategy. He researches in the area of information systems development and more generally on information systems in their natural organizational setting, in particular using action research, though he has also used a number of other qualitative research approaches.
Information systems development, Information systems evaluation, Information systems strategy, Information systems in their organizational context, Qualitative research, Action research, and the Discipline of information systems.
CO-PROGRAM CHAIR: International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) TC8 conference Santiago de Chile, The past and future of Information Systems: 1976-2006 and beyond, August 2006. CO-PROGRAM CHAIR: International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), Las Vegas, December 2005. PANELS CHAIR: European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS) to be held in Regensburg, Germany, May 2005. CHAIR: PhD Supervisors Workshop, Athens, Greece, June 2003. GENERAL CHAIR: IFIP 8.2 Conference on Global and organizational discourse about information technology, Barcelona, December 2002. CHAIR: Information and Communication Technology, European Conference in Information Systems, Naples, June 2003. PUBLICITY CHAIR: Conceptual Modelling (E-R 99) Versailles, France, November 1999. PANELS CHAIR: European Conference of Information Systems (ECIS) Copenhagen, Denmark, June 1999. PROGRAMME CHAIR: UKAIS Conference, Matching Technology with Organisational Needs, Lincoln, April 1998. CO-CHAIR, Research Programme, ICIS, Atlanta, 1997. CHAIR, UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) Conference, Key Issues in Information Systems, 1997. PROGRAMME CHAIR: Information Systems Development Methods: the Human and Social Dimension, Netherlands, 1993.
PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
KEYNOTE PAPER: Reflections on the Discipline of Information Systems, European & Mediterranean Conference in Information Systems (EMCIS) Valencia, Spain (June 2007). PAPER: Designing an Appropriate Information Systems Methodology for Different Situations (with Jan Pries-Heje), International Conference of Executive Information Systems (ICEIS), Funchal, Portugal (June 2007). PAPER: IT Failure and Professional Ethics: The One.Tel Case (with David Wilson) Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, Bangkok (July 2005) PAPER: Causal Loop Diagrams in Information Systems: Research into Strategic Alignment (with Bruce Campbell ) Australasian Conference in Information Systems (ACIS) Hobart, (December 2004). PAPER: Strategic Alignment: A Practitioner's Perspective (with Bruce Campbell and Robert Kay) European & Mediterranean Conference in Information Systems (EMCIS) Tunis, (July 2004) [Best Practical Paper Award]. PAPER: Information Systems Failure explained through the Lens of the Cultural Web (with David Wilson), International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS), Porto (April 2004). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Information Systems Research, IS OneWorld Conference, Las Vegas (April 2004). PAPER: Personal Trust Space in Mobile Commerce (with Carl Adams and Peter Millard) 6th International Conference on Electronic Commerce Research, Dallas, TX (October 2003). PAPER: Method Engineering: Reflections on the past and ways forward (with Duane Truex) Americas Conference in Information Systems (AMCIS), Tampa, Florida (August 2003). PAPER: An IT Failure and a Company Failure: A Case Study in Telecommunications (with David Wilson and Steve Hunt) 8th Congress of Association for Information Management, Grenoble (May, 2003). PAPER: Key Issues in Information Systems and Software Engineering: Views from a joint network of practitioners and academics (with Rachel Harrison and five other authors), International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS 2003), Angers, France (April 2003). PAPER: Reflections on Organizational Discourse About Information Technology, FIPWG8.2 Conference, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (December 2002). PANEL: Scholarly products in IS: will advances in electronic media promote evolutionary or radical change?, ICIS, Barcelona (December, 2002). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Reflections on Information Systems Development 1988-2002 (with Guy Fitzgerald) IS Development conference, Riga, Latvia (September 2002) PAPER Action Research: A Research Approach for Cooperative Work, Conference on Computer Systems for Cooperative Work, Rio de Janeiro (September 2002). PAPER: IT Failure and the Collapse of One.Tel (with David Wilson) IFIP World Computer Conference, Montreal (August 2002). PANEL: e-Business - the Research Issues, IFIP World Computer Conference, Montreal (August 2002). PAPER: Developing Value Functions of Planners and Non-Planners: Implications for Information Systems Development Effect (with Carl Adams), IS One World, Las Vegas (April 2002). PAPER: Macro Analysis of Techniques to deal with Uncertainty within Information Systems Development: Mapping the Framing Effect (with Carl Adams), Soft-Ware: Computing in an Imperfect World, Belfast, Northern Ireland (April, 2002). PANEL: Research topics in Information Systems, IFIP Conference on E-Commerce, Salzburg, (June, 2001). PAPER: Research into Practice: Qualitative Research in Information Systems (with Michael Myers) 6th Congress of Association for Information Management, Nantes (June 2001). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Research Methods in IS, French Consortium in Information Systems, Aix-en-Provence (April 2001). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Information Systems Practice, Australian Conference in Information Systems, Brisbane (December 2000). PANEL: IS Action Research: Can we serve two masters?, International Conference in Information Systems (ICIS), Charlotte (December 1999) PAPER: IS Training and Education: A UK Perspective, FNEGE (National Foundation for Business Education) Conference, Toulouse, France (December 1999) KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Qualitative research in Information Systems, (with M. Myers) 4th Conference of AIM, ESSEC, France (March 1999). CHAIR OF PANEL: Methodical Systems Development in the era of visual programming and World Wide Web, European Conference in Information Systems (ECIS), Aix-en-Provence (June 1998) KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Information Systems Development: Two Futures, BIT Conference, Manchester (November 1997) PANEL: Action Research. IFIP8.2 Conference on Research Methods, Philadelphia (June 1997) PAPER: Multiview2: A Further Exploration into Information systems Development (with A T Wood-Harper, R T Vidgeon & J R G Wood), 6th Annual Conference on Business Information Systems, Manchester Metropolitan University (August 1996). PAPER: Information Systems Development Methodology in Use: An Empirical study (with J. Nandhakumar), 4th Conference of the BCS IS Specialist Group, Cork, Ireland (September 1996). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Information Systems Development Methodologies: A Broader Perspective, IFIP8.1/8.2. Conference on Method Engineering, Atlanta (August 1996) PAPER: Vision support systems (with P. Powell and A. Eardley), Proceedings of the 7th EURO Conference on Decision Support Systems, Ispra, Italy (May 1996). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The 'Discipline' of Information Systems: Teaching, Research and Practice, First Annual Conference of the UK Academy of Information Systems, Cranfield (March 1996). KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Information Systems Practice, 1st Bahrain Conference on Computers and Industry, Bahrain Society of Engineers/The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), Bahrain (November 1995). PAPER: Capturing Vision in Information Systems (with A. Eardley and P. Powell), FMD Research Conference, Warwick (December 1995). PAPER: An Analysis of Development Techniques to Capture Strategic Vision in Information Systems (with A. Eardley and P. Powell), 5th Annual BIT Conference, Manchester (November 1995). PAPER: Incorporating Evaluation in the Information Systems Development Process (with J. Horton, P. Powell and J. Nandhakumar), 3rd Evaluation of Information Technology Conference, Henley (July 1995).
Affiliations and Academic Responsibilities
MEMBER (and later CHAIR): AIS LEO Award Committee (for lifetime exceptional achievement) EDITOR: (with Guy Fitzgerald) Butterworth-Heinemann series of texts in Information Systems (previously with McGraw-Hill), (1990-present) EDITOR: (with Rachel Harrison) Software Engineering and Information Systems Network (SEISN) Newsletter (2000) EDITOR: OASIS (Organisational and Societial Impacts of Information Systems) Newsletter, (1997-1999)
MEMBER: Board of Editors of IT & People, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Systemes d Information et Management, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, International Journal of Administrative Sciences and International Journal of Business Research Methods. AWARDS
Consulting & Other Activities
WEB DEVELOPMENT CREATOR: (with Emmanuel Monod) IS WORLD COUNTRY PAGE web site for FRANCE CREATOR: (with Michael Myers) IS WORLD ENDNOTE file for Qualitative Research in Information Systems
OTHER FUNDED PROJECTS £48000 - Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) for Software Engineering and Information Systems Network for Improved Business Processes. £25000 - Havant and Petersfield Health and Social Services, Information Systems Supporting Carers for the Elderly. £29000 - Darlington and North Regional Health Authority for Prototyping Information Systems in Community Health and their Evaluation.
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR, ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise, France (2004-present) HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND DECISION SCIENCES, ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise, France (2003-2006) PROFESSOR, ESSEC Business School, Cergy-Pontoise, France (2000-2003) VISITING RESEARCH PROFESSOR: University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2000-2005) VISITING RESEARCH PROFESSOR: Brunel University, London, UK (2000-present) VISITING PROFESSOR: University of Southampton, UK (2000-2004) PROFESSOR and HEAD of DEPARTMENT (later SCHOOL) of MANAGEMENT: University of Southampton (1991-2000) SENIOR LECTURER, Aston University, UK (1977-1991) CONSULTANT (various): Information Systems