Jay Nunamaker

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Jay Nunamaker
Born (1937-08-27) August 27, 1937 (age 79)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fields information systems
Computer science
Institutions University of Arizona
Purdue University
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Pittsburgh
Case Institute of Technology
Known for Collaboration Technology
Electronic Meeting System

Jay F. Nunamaker Jr. (born August 27, 1937) is Regents Professor and Soldwedel Professor at the University of Arizona. Regents Professor is the highest faculty rank bestowed at the university, an honor reserved for the top 3% of scholars.

He founded both the MIS department (ranked top 5 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the past 20 years) in 1974, and the Center for the Management of Information[1] in 1985 at the University of Arizona.


Nunamaker has served as major professor to over 80 doctoral students from 1968–present. Students that currently hold, or have held, positions at Harvard, University of Michigan, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M University, University of Hawaii, and other top MIS institutions.

Jay Nunamaker has been featured in the July 1997 Forbes magazine issue on technology as one of eight key innovators in information technology.

In 2002, he was the recipient of the LEO (lifetime achievement) Award from the Association of Information Systems, at ICIS in Barcelona, Spain.

In a 2005 article in Communications of the Association for Information Systems, he was recognized as one of the most productive information systems researchers, ranking no. 4 to 6 for the period from 1991-2003 based on the number of papers in top IS journals.


His multidisciplinary research is built on a foundation of computer supported collaboration, decision support, deception detection and determination of intent.

Nunamaker’s research has led to major breakthroughs in collaboration, decision support systems,[citation needed] and automated systems analysis and design, and he is known for testing his theories and systems in the “real world.”

He built the first operational decision support center in 1985; there are over 2,500 decision centers in industry, government and universities using the GroupSystems software developed at the University of Arizona.

His research on group support systems addresses behavioral as well as engineering issues and focuses on theory as well as implementation.


His publications span more than 250 papers and seven books, and editorial positions on major journals, in computer science and engineering, information management, communication, security informatics.


Further reading[edit]

  • Beckman, P.; Forsman, A. (2002), "Degrees-of-Separation, and MIS Research Productivity", Proceedings of the 35th Annual Hawaii international Conference on System Sciences, Washington, DC: IEEE Computer Society, 8 (8) 
  • Clarke, J.; Warren, J. (2006), "In Search of the Primary Suppliers of IS Research: Who are They and Where Did They Come From?", Communications of the Association of Information Systems, 18 (2006): 296–328 
  • Im, S. K.; et al. (1998), "An Assessment of Individual and Institutional Research Productivity in MIS", Decision Line, 1998 (December/January): 8–12 
  • Nunamaker, Jay; et al. (1991), "Electronic Meeting Systems to Support Group Work", Communications of the ACM, 34 (7): 40–61, doi:10.1145/105783.105793 
  • Nunamaker, Jay; et al. (1996), "Lessons from a Dozen Years of Group Support Systems Research: A Discussion of Lab and Field Findings", Journal of Management Information Systems, 13 (3): 163–207 

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