Dorothy E. Leidner, Ph.D. Dr.h.c. is the Ferguson Professor of Information Systems at Baylor University.  She is a Fellow of the Association of Information Systems and a senior research fellow of Lund University Sweden.  She founded the PhD program in Information Systems at Baylor University in 2008.  It was the first PhD program in the Hankamer School of Business.  Since 2005, she has had a regular visiting professor appointment at the University of Mannheim, Germany where she teaches during the summer.   She has also held academic positions at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) and TCU (Ft Worth, TX), and has held visiting appointments at ETH-Zurich, SMU (Dallas, TX), the University of Caen (France), and ITESM (Monterrey).  Professor Leidner received her higher education at the University of Texas at Austin, completing her BA in the Plan II program in 1986, her MBA with a specialization in Management Information Systems in 1988, and her Ph.D. in Information Systems in 1992. She holds an honorary doctorate from Lund University (2018).  In 2019, she was named a distinguished alumna of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas.

As a researcher, Professor Leidner has over 60 refereed journal publications in such journals as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly Executive, among others.  Her research covers an array of topics and methods, with roughly equal attention to theory papers, empirical papers, and practitioner-oriented papers. According to, there are more than 44,000 citations to her research, making her the most highly cited researcher at Baylor University.   She has over 11 best paper awards including the MIS Quarterly Best Paper Award (1995), the Senior Scholar’s Best Publication Award (2007), the Journal of Strategic Information Systems Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (2009, 2010, 2019), the Stafford OS Society Award for Best Paper published in 2012, the Decision Sciences Journal Best Article Finalist (2008), the Database for Advances in Information Systems Best Paper Award (2017), the Database for Advances in Information Systems Best Paper (2018), the Database for Advances in Information Systems Best Paper Honorable Mention (2017), the Academy of Management OCIS division best paper award (2000) and a best track paper (1993) from the HICCS conference.

Professor Leidner currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems.  She has held various other editorial roles:  editor-in-chief of MIS Quarterly Executive, co-Editor-in-Chief of Data Base for Advances in IS, associate editor and senior editor for MIS Quarterly, senior editor for Information Systems Research, associate editor for Decision Sciences Journal, and senior editor for the Journal of Strategic Information Systems.   She was the conference co-chair for ICIS2015 in Ft Worth. She has held various other conference roles, including:  program co-chair (ECIS, 2018), track co-chair (ECIS 2011; ICIS 2010), panel chair (ECIS 2001, AMCIS 2009), doctoral consortium co-chair (AMCIS 2004),  MIS camp co-Chair (AMCIS 2002), doctoral consortium faculty (ECIS 1998, AMCIS 2005, ICIS 2007), and program co-chair (AMCIS 2010).  She currently serves as track co-chair of the Organizational Systems and Technology track for HICSS.

On a personal note, Professor Leidner loves sports. She has been an avid tennis and soccer player since her childhood. She was ranked as a junior tennis player and continues to enjoy playing tennis. She served as girls’ youth soccer coach for seven years. Professor Leidner also loves music. She studied piano at the SMU piano preparatory department for 12 years. She continues to learn new repertoire and practices regularly. Aside from sports and music, Professor Leidner has a personal interest in languages. She speaks French and German fluently. Her greatest joy is her three beautiful daughters and husband. They enjoy spending the school years in Ft. Worth and the summers in her husband’s hometown in Germany.