Communications of the Association for Information Systems


In this paper, I recount an interview I had with F. Warren McFarlan, DBA, a senior scholar whose passion to keep working in information systems (IS) overrode his two attempts at retirement in 2004 and again in 2009. His 50 years of knowledge builds on experience from companies in the United States and Asia, both large corporations and start-ups, and for-profit and nonprofit companies. Additionally, he has helped develop the minds of generations of business leaders through his work at the Harvard Business School (HBS). Through the years, he has developed and taught IS case studies on companies that range from Chase Manhattan Bank to Alibaba. Given his enduring work in technology, these interviews provide interesting insight into coursework development at HBS, the frequent redefinition of the digital native, the language of business versus that of IT, a management stance on IT, the management of IT projects, work on for-profit and nonprofit boards, and a view on China and IS.





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