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MIT CISR's 50th Anniversary

50 Facts from 50 Years


In 2024, MIT CISR proudly celebrates its 50-year legacy. Throughout this year, we will be collecting and sharing memories and milestones from MIT CISR's history of practice-based research and industry collaboration on this webpage. 

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Peter Weill joins MIT CISR as Director and Senior Research Scientist

Peter Weill spent a year at MIT CISR as a visiting scholar in 1993. Following Jack Rockart’s retirement in 2000, MIT hired Peter as director of MIT CISR and senior research scientist. Under Peter’s leadership, both the center’s research and its membership base expanded across the globe. After decades of distinguished work at MIT, today Peter serves as Chairman of MIT CISR.

Read about Peter’s accomplishments in his MIT Sloan bio.


The First MIT CISR Summer Session

MIT CISR faculty members were seeking a way to disseminate information about the excellent research being carried out under the auspices of MIT CISR. They decided to hold a conference where the researchers themselves would spotlight their research, and to do this in the summer when the teaching schedule was light. Slots to attend the conference were automatically assigned to MIT CISR sponsor organizations, while other prospective attendees went through an application process. The first MIT CISR Summer Session was in 1976. The response was huge, and MIT CISR Summer Session became a yearly tradition through 2023.

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John F. "Jack" Rockart appointed MIT CISR's Director and Senior Lecturer in 1976

John F. "Jack" Rockart was appointed the Director of MIT CISR in 1976, when the first director, Michael Scott Morton, became an associate dean at the Sloan School. Jack led CISR until 2000 and remained involved in the work of the Center until his death in 2014. Jack had an amazing gift for bridging academic research and real-world problems, and for mentoring junior faculty and students. During his tenure, MIT CISR’s reputation and impact grew across academia and the business world.

Learn more about Jack Rockart on Wikipedia.


The Founding of MIT CISR

The MIT Center for Information Systems Research (MIT CISR) was established in 1974—50 years ago! It was founded by faculty in the MIT Sloan School’s Management Information Systems group who saw a need for objective, applied research on “significant managerial problems in the utilization of computer-based information systems” and an opportunity to create a consortium of private and public sector sponsors interested in participating in such research. Professor Michael Scott Morton (pictured adjacent, with MIT Sloan bio here) was the first director of MIT CISR.

Read the center's original Statement of Purpose and Structure.

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MIT CISR looks forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in late October 2024 in conjunction with our Annual Research Forum.

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