Frank Land

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Frank Land
Frank Land.jpg
Frank Land in 1982
BornOctober 1928
Berlin, Germany
Known forBritish Computer Society, National Computing Centre, International Federation for Information Processing
Spouse(s)Ailsa Land
AwardsFBCS, Association for Information Systems' LEO Award
Scientific career
FieldsInformation Systems
InstitutionsLondon School of Economics, London Business School, Wharton School, Sydney University, Bond University, Curtin University, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Doctoral studentsRobert D. Galliers, T.H. Tse

Frank Land (born Frank Landsberger 1928 in Berlin) is a German-born information systems researcher and was the first United Kingdom Professor of Information Systems. He is currently emeritus professor in the Department of Information Systems at the London School of Economics (LSE).


Land was born in Berlin into a well-off Jewish family who fled to the UK in 1939 in the aftermath of Kristellnacht.[1]:1 He and his brother changed their name from Landsberger to Land on the advice of a careers advisor at the LSE.[1]:4 Land was at educated at Willesden County Grammar School from 1943-1947 and after graduating in Economics from the LSE in 1950, he joined the London food and catering enterprise J. Lyons, working on the first electronic computer designed for business use, the LEO I with his colleague Mary Coombs.[2]

In 1967, Land was selected for a newly established post in what later became the Department of Information Systems at LSE. Here he became involved with the development and definition of the subject and its curriculum. He chaired working parties for the British Computer Society, the National Computing Centre, and the Council for National Academic Awards concerned with curriculum development. He worked with an international group to establish the International Federation for Information Processing's (IFIP) curriculum for information systems designers. At the LSE he set up the ADMIS (Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems) Masters course and developed a Ph.D. program.

In 1982, Land was appointed as the UK's first professor of Information Systems. In 1986 he moved to the London Business School as Professor of Information Management. He has served as Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania (the Wharton School), Sydney University, Bond University, Curtin University, and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA).

He has been awarded an honorary doctorate in science and the IFIP award for distinguished service. He has served as technical advisor to House of Commons Select Committees examining IT in the UK.

Land retired from full-time academic work in 1992 and is currently Visiting Professor of Information Management at the LSE and at Leeds Metropolitan University.[3]

In 2003, Land was jointly selected for the AIS LEO Award with Jack F. Rockart of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for lifetime exceptional achievement. The LEO Award, established in 1999 by the Association for Information Systems and the International Conference on Information Systems, recognises seminal contributions to research, theory development, and practice in Information Systems.[4]

His wife is the operational research emeritus professor Ailsa Land in LSE.[5]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Farbey, Barbara, Frank Land, and David Targett. How to assess your IT investment: a study of methods and practice. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993.
  • Avgerou, Chrisanthi, Claudio Ciborra, and Frank Land, eds. The social study of information and communication technology: Innovation, actors, and contexts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Articles, a selection:

  • Land, Frank, and Rudy Hirschheim. "Participative systems design: rationale, tools and techniques." Journal of Applied Systems Analysis 10.10 (1983): 15-18.
  • Galliers, Robert D., and Frank F. Land. "Viewpoint: choosing appropriate information systems research methodologies." Communications of the ACM 30.11 (1987): 901-902.
  • Farbey, Barbara, Frank Land, and David Targett. "Evaluating investments in IT." Journal of information technology 7.2 (1992): 109-122.
  • Farbey, Barbara, Frank Land, and David Targett. "A taxonomy of information systems applications: The benefits ladder." European journal of information systems 4.1 (1995): 41-50.
  • Farbey, Barbara, Frank Land, and David Targett. "Moving IS evaluation forward: learning themes and research issues." The Journal of Strategic Information Systems 8.2 (1999): 189-207.


  1. ^ a b "NATIONAL LIFE STORIES AN ORAL HISTORY OF BRITISH SCIENCE Frank Land Interviewed by Thomas Lean" (PDF). British Library Sounds. May–June 2010.
  2. ^ "Frank Land". Retrieved 2018-10-10.
  3. ^ "Frank Land". Association for Information Systems. Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  4. ^ "AIS LEO Awards". Association for Information Systems. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
  5. ^ "Professor Ailsa Land". London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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