Dr. James Wetherbe, the first recipient of the MIS Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award, is Stevenson chair of Information Technology and executive director of the Institute for Internet Buyer Behavior at Texas Tech University. He was formerly the FedEx professor of excellence in MIS at the University of Memphis, professor of MIS and director of the MIS Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and a professor of MIS at the University of Houston.
James Wetherbe is internationally known as a dynamic and entertaining speaker, author, and leading authority on the use of computers and information systems to improve organizational performance and competitiveness. He is particularly appreciated for his ability to explain complex technology in straightforward, practical terms that can be strategically applied by both executives and general management.
Dr. Wetherbe is the author of 18 highly regarded books including Information Technology for Management (2nd edition, Wiley Publishing, 1999), So, What's Your Point?, (2nd edition, Mead Publishing, 1996), The World On Time: 11 Management Principles That Made FedEx an Overnight Sensation (Knowledge Exchange, 1996) and Systems Analysis and Design: Best Practices (West Publishing, 1994). His book on FedEx was ranked as one of the Top 30 Business Books of 1997 out of 1400 published. Systems Analysis and Design was ranked by Computing Newsletter as the top textbook on the topic.
Quoted often in leading business and information system journals, Dr. Wetherbe has also authored over 200 articles, was ranked by Information Week as one of "the top dozen Information Technology consultants," and is the first recipient of the MIS Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award.
James Wetherbe received a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems/Computer Science Management from Texas Tech University, and has spent more than twenty-five years in higher education and industry. His experience includes management, consulting, and technical positions in industry, and academic and administrative positions at several Universities. He has served as a consultant for a broad spectrum of private and public organizations.
Dr. James C. Wetherbe was a tremendous asset at our recent business seminar in Miami. We invite many of our most important customers to join us at the Federal Express Orange Bowl. Dr. Wetherbe was an outstanding speaker and we continue to receive positive feedback on his presentation. We sincerely hope he is available to participate in future Federal Express seminars.
Though it was inconvenient to travel to Boston at the time, I was glad I did…It was the first time I had heard a presentation on information technology that made sense to me as a CEO. As a result, I invited Jim to join the Board of Directors of Best Buy as we were facing challenging IT decisions. To my pleasant surprise, Jim brought more to us than technology expertise; he brought compelling perspectives on leadership, strategy and demonstrated strong communication skills that greatly contributed to positive outcomes from our board meetings.
It was one thing to watch your eye-opening presentation unfold at the United Supermarkets Leadership Meeting. We were thoroughly educated and found your information valuable in helping us adjust a number of our own internal practices and become even more efficient. I could tell our Team Members were deeply engaged in your presentation, and afterward, every bit of feedback we received was positive. All of that was indeed great, but when you then returned your honorarium to us and asked our company to create a scholarship fund to reward Team Members for their innovative ideas, that spoke volumes to me about not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk. Thank you.
I wanted to tell you that I have never heard or seen a presentation as exciting, dramatic and logical as yours as to what information systems can do in our immediate future!