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January 18, 2002


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DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University Professor Richard O. Mason has received the 2001 Leo Award for Lifetime Exceptional Achievement in Information Systems from the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

The Leo Award honors outstanding individuals who have contributed to the information systems community. AIS is a global organization comprised of information systems professionals in education and research. The award is named for the world’s first commercial application of computing, the Lyons Electronic Office. Mason accepted the award at last month’s International Conference on Information Systems in New Orleans.

Mason is the Carr P. Collins Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management Information Sciences at SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business and director of the university’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He is an expert on business management and information sciences, and has written and lectured extensively about the social and ethical implications of the information age. He teaches courses on corporate ethics and social responsibility, and managing information systems and emerging technologies. A Fulbright Scholar with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Mason is the author or co-author of seven books, including The Ethics of Information Management (1995), Framebreak: The Radical Redesign of American Business (1994) and Waves of Change: Business Evolution Through Information Technology (1995).