Brian Fitzgerald

Professor Brian Fitzgerald is Director of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, where he previously held the role of Chief Scientist.  Prior to that he served as Vice-President Research at the University of Limerick. He also holds an endowed professorship, the Krehbiel Chair in Innovation in Business & Technology, at the University of Limerick.  His research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing open source, inner source, crowdsourcing, agile and lean software methods. His publications include 15 books, and over 150 peer-reviewed articles in the leading international journals and conferences in both the Information Systems and Software Engineering fields, including MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) and ACM Transactions on Software Engineering Methodology (TOSEM). Prior to taking up an academic position, he worked in the software industry for about 12 years, in a variety of sectors (including finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, bespoke software development) in a number of countries (Ireland, Belgium, Germany). He has also been successful in winning competitive research grants totalling more than €100 million from a variety of funding agencies, including the EU, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.

Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen

Virpi Kristiina Tuunainen is professor of information systems science at the Department of Information and Service Management of Aalto University School of Business, and past director of Aalto University Service Factory. She has been a visiting professor/researcher in University of Hong Kong, University of Texas at Austin (USA), Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), University of Auckland (New Zealand), Roskilde University (Denmark), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and Chalmers University of Technology / University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Her current research focuses on ICT enabled or enhanced services, customer and community digital innovation, and digital platforms. Her work has appeared in journals, such as, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems and Information & Management, and in conferences, such as, ICIS, ECIS and HICSS. She's past Vice President of Publications of the AIS (, past President of AIS SIG Services, and she received the AIS Fellow award in 2016. She currently serves as senior editor for European Journal of Information Systems ​and Journal of the AIS, and as a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Systems Journal and Electronic Markets.


Faculty Mentors


Margunn Aanestad

Margunn Aanestad is Professor in Information Systems at the University of Agder, Norway (until recently at the University of Oslo, Norway). Her research employs a sociotechnical lens to the study of the evolution of information infrastructures, either in the form of organizational or inter-organizational system landscapes. Empirically, her studies have targeted the healthcare sector, and she has researched a broad range of technology-driven innovation processes. She has edited several books and written over 60 peer-reviewed articles published in the leading international journals and conferences in the Information Systems field, including Journal of the Association of Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Information system Journal, Journal of IT, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, Journal of CSCW and others.

Izak Benbasat

Izak Benbasat (Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1974; Doctorat Honoris Causa, Université de Montréal, 2009) is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Sauder Distinguished Professor of Information Systems Emeritus at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. He received the LEO Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievements in Information Systems from the Association for Information Systems, and was conferred the title of Distinguished Fellow by the INFORMS Information Systems Society. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research, Editor of the IS&DSS Department of Management Science, and a Senior Editor of the MIS Quarterly.

Kieran Conboy

Kieran Conboy is a Professor in Business Information Systems in the School of Business & Economics and is a co-Principal Investigator in the Lero Irish Software research centre. He previously worked for Accenture Consulting and the University of New South Wales in Australia. He is also on the board of the Irish Research Council.

Kieran teaches information systems innovation, agile and lean project management, portfolio management, and contemporary models such as crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. He has advised and published widely in the areas of management and workplace innovation, and particularly in the area of agile and lean processes in software organisations. He has worked with organisations such as Microsoft, Atlassian, Cisco Systems, Suncorp, and Fidelity Investments, as well as many SMEs. Kieran has also advised international public sector organisations in the health and education sectors. He is the Principal Investigator of a Science Foundation Ireland project in the area, involving 11 research fellows and Ph.D researchers, and has received over €8m in research grants from industry, the European Commission, Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council.

Kieran has published over 150 articles in leading international journals and conferences including Information Systems Research, the European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, the Journal of the AIS, IEEE Software, the International Conference in Information Systems and the European Conference in Information Systems. He is an editor of the European Journal of Information Systems and has chaired international conferences in his field.

Kieran also advises on funding agency policy and practice and has advised the E.U. Commission as well as national funding bodies in Ireland, the U.S. and Australia. He is now leading an Irish Research Council funded project to adapt, implement and validate the use of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing techniques in the grant award policies and mechanisms of Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland as well as the IRC.

Kieran was also a Fulbright award recipient in 2009 where he spent time at Carnegie Mellon University working with the Software Engineering Institute on the business value of IT systems.

Iris Junglas

Iris Junglas is an Associate Professor at Florida State University in the Department of Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain. Prior to this position, she was a Research Fellow and Manager at the Accenture Institute for High Performance in Boston, and a faculty member of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She has just returned from a Fulbright Scholarship that she spent at Maynooth University in Ireland.
Iris’ research is primarily concerned with the emergence of new technologies and their impact on individuals, organizations, and society as a whole. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in outlets, including the European Journal of Information Systems, the Journal of the AIS, the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly. Iris is also an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Information Systems and the Communications of the AIS, as well as an editorial board member of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems and the MIS Quarterly Executive. She holds a Ph.D. in the field of Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia, USA, and a Master’s Degree as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with a specialization in Business Administration from the University of Koblenz, Germany.

Monideepa Tarafdar

Monideepa Tarafdar is a professor of information systems and co-director of the Centre for Technological Futures at Lancaster University (Management School), UK. She is a Leverhulme Research Fellow. She serves as senior editor at Information Systems Journal, as associate editor at Information Systems Research, and as editorial board review member at Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Journal of Strategic Information Systems. For knowing her more, go to her webpage.