Since David Nash (1977) first articulated the concept of an “executive information system (EIS)” in 1977, EIS has emerged as an important area in information systems. Similar to the work done studying transaction processing systems (TPS), decision support systems (DSS) and expert systems (ES), the study of EIS has progressed to the point where it is possible to pull back and take a broader look at the field. The purpose of this study is to examine the emergence and development of EIS.